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Wärtsilä Laying Down The Propulsion

Company will provide propulsion equipment for pipe-laying vessels

Posted on August 28, 2013

Wärtsilä has received an order to supply the propulsion systems for six new offshore pipe-laying vessels being built by IHC Merwede, a global provider of vessels and equipment.

Three of the ships will be built for Subsea 7, the seabed-to-surface engineering, construction, and services contractor to the offshore energy industry. The other three vessels have been ordered by Seabras Sapura, the Sapura Kencana and Seadrill partnership entity.

All six vessels are scheduled to be delivered during the first half of 2015 and the second half of 2016. They will be deployed to serve the Brazilian offshore market by Petrobras, the multi-national energy corporation. Wärtsilä signed its supply order for the first vessel in the second quarter of 2013, and the remaining orders in the third quarter.

The scope of supply for each ship comprises six, eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines, two transverse thrusters (FT300H-D), two retractable thrusters (FS1510/MNR), and three steerable underwater de-mountable thrusters (FS2510/NU). Deliveries from Wärtsilä will begin in February 2014, with further deliveries following at four month intervals.