Wärtsilä, a marine industry solutions and services provider, has been contracted to supply an integrated solution comprising ship design services and the power and propulsion system for a newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). The vessel, to be built by Norwegian yard Hellesøy Verft, will be owned and operated by Norwegian company Siem Offshore, provider of services to the offshore support vessel market, on a charter contract for TOTAL. This will be the first of Siem’s vessels to be powered by LNG.
Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Hamworthy and the subsequent integration of Hamworthy’s portfolio has expanded Wärtsilä’s offering with enhanced gas bunkering, storage and feedsystem, thereby strengthening its technology leadership in LNG powered vessels.
The 89.2 m vessel is of Wärtsilä VS4411 LNG PSV design and features Wärtsilä power and propulsion, electrical and automation systems. The PSV will be equipped with the Wärtsilä LNGPac LNG storage and handling system.
The PSV is scheduled to be operational from 2014 and will serve the Martin Linge oilfield, North-West of Stavanger, Norway. It has been designed to specifically meet TOTAL’s North Sea operational requirements.
“The LNG PSV for Siem Offshore is the ninth to be designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design and further strengthens our position as the global leader in supplying integrated solutions for LNG PSVs. The order is testimony to our reputation for reliable, efficient and competitive solutions,” comments Riku-Pekka Hägg, Vice President, Wärtsilä Ship Design.
With this new order, the number of LNG powered PSVs reaches 17. Wärtsilä has designed eight and has supplied dual-fuel machinery to 15 of these 17 vessels. Last year, Wärtsilä expanded its offering to include LNG storage and gas handling systems. This vessel marks the fifth LNG powered PSV vessel to use Wärtsilä’s gas handling system.
(This article compiled using information from a Wärtsilä Corporation press release)