A new platform supply vessel (PSV) to be built for operating in arctic conditions is to be designed and powered by Wärtsilä. This is the first confirmed contract for Wärtsilä Ship Design's new series of arctic PSVs.
Wärtsilä will also supply an integrated package that includes machinery, and the electrical and automation systems, including the patented Wärtsilä Low Loss Concept (LLC). This highly redundant diesel-electric system provides additional reliability for continuous operation in various failure modes.
The contracts with Kleven Verft AS were signed in January 2014. The ship will be built at the Kleven yard in Norway on behalf of REM Offshore AS, the Norwegian fleet owner. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015, and will feature the latest developments of Wärtsilä Ship Design's proven VS 485 design.
"Wärtsilä's unique position as a total solutions provider to the marine sector has again been endorsed with this contract calling for both the ship design, and a comprehensive power solution. This significant order takes us a step further towards our goal of becoming a leading player in the market for ice class vessels," says Magnus Miemois, Vice President Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.