Wärtsilä to supply propulsion for semi-submersible vessel

Finnish power-systems company Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a total propulsion package for a new semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, which, with an overall length of 270m, is the largest ship of its type ever to be built.

The scope of supply for the contract specifies two Wärtsilä 6L38 engines and two Wärtsilä 12V38 engines for the ship’s main propulsion and one Wärtsilä 6L20 auxiliary engine.

Wärtsilä will also supply the reduction gear system, two controllable pitch propellers, two retractable thrusters and one bow thruster for the vessel, which is scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The equipment has been ordered by Hyundai Heavy Industries, which will build the ship for the owner and operator, Dockwise Shipping.