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Wärtsilä Combines its Ship Design Units

Posted on June 9, 2009

Wärtsilä announced that it will combine all its ship design units into a single entity, to be known as Wärtsilä Ship Design. The units involved in this re-organization include the recently acquired naval architect companies Vik-Sandvik of Norway, Conan Wu & Associates (CWA) of Singapore, and SCHIFFKO of Germany, as well as the company's conceptual ship design unit in Finland.

The new set up will generate a variety of new designs, from simple, low-cost, standard vessels to more high-end, ground-breaking tonnage. Wärtsilä, with a broad and high quality offering of ship design services, expects to increase its share of the ship design market, with the main focus being on a full design scope approach. The company plans to gradually launch a series of vessel designs based on the knowledge shared between the different units and brand them as Wärtsilä Ship Designs. The goal is to establish Wärtsilä as an independent ship design brand.

"There will be close collaboration between our Ship Design unit, other parts of the Ship Power organization, and other Wärtsilä businesses. Our long term ambition is to create standard proven designs with predefined solutions, and to provide operational services with performance guarantees and fixed prices. This may also include extended services, such as yard selection and supervision support in the construction phase," said Arne Birkeland, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

One of the first designs to be fully accredited as a Wärtsilä Ship Design is the W Tug 80. This is a compact, high performance 35 m escort tug, capable of carrying out ship assist duties at offshore terminals, as well as high-speed escorting, push-pull operations, and coastal towing. The vessel is designed for 80 ton bollard pull and can attain a speed of 14.5 knots. It is powered by two eight-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 26 engines, each rated at 2600 kW at 1000 r/min. A modular propulsion concept with various engine arrangements can be configured within the same basic design.

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