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Wärtsilä wins major OSV design contract

 

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2009-11-11
Wärtsilä wins major OSV design contract

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading ship power system integrator, has signed a contract with the Pipavav Shipyard of India to design 12 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) to be built by Pipavav for delivery to ONGC - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., India’s largest oil and gas producer. The yard is scheduled to begin construction of the first seven vessels in early 2010.

“This represents a landmark order for Wärtsilä Ship Design, and is the result of many years of dedicated work by our team in Singapore,” according to Ove H. Wilhelmsen, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Ship Design in Singapore. “The design criteria for these vessels were stringent, and meet the latest demands of fire fighting and dynamic positioning capabilities for search and rescue standby support.”

Of the six shipyards shortlisted, four of the tenders submitted were based on Wärtsilä designs. The 59-metre design selected is specified to achieve a service speed in excess of 12.5 knots and will provide back-up for search, rescue, and standby support, as well as transport cargo between ONGC’s supply base and offshore installations.

With major hubs in Europe and Asia, the Wärtsilä Ship Design organisation is capable of generating designs ranging from low-cost standard vessels to high-end tonnage. Wärtsilä’s long-term ambition is to create proven designs with predefined solutions and operational services, along with performance guarantees and fixed prices – benefiting both ship owners and shipyards alike.

The 12 OSVs for ONGC will be designed by Wärtsilä and built by Pipavav. Image courtesy of Wärtsilä.

For more about Wärtsilä’s capabilities, see our article on its joint venture with Metso in the biopower field and www.wartsila.com.