Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply the design & an integrated solution for a new large platform supply vessel (PSV). The ship will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is owned by Siem Offshore.
The contract's scope of supply includes the Wärtsilä VS 4411 LNG PSV initial, basic, and detailed ship design, as well as the complete diesel electric system with Wärtsilä dual-fuel generating sets, the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas storage and handling system, and the complete electrical and automation system, including a four-split Wärtsilä LLC (Low Loss Concept) solution.
The Wärtsilä LLC will help the vessel fulfil the highest possible Environmental Regularity Number (ERN) of 18.104.22.168., which represents the vessel's capability for maintaining its position and normal operations under certain weather conditions.
The 89.2 metre long vessel is scheduled to commence operations in 2015 and will be used to support offshore drilling and production activities in the North Sea. It can accommodate a crew of 25.
Wärtsilä say that this latest order emphasises their front runner status in the LNG PSV design market. During the past year, for example, three major oil companies have chosen Wärtsilä's well proven LNG PSV design and integrated solution for their North Sea tenders. This line of success dates back ten years, when the first two LNG PSVs designed by Wärtsilä for operations in the North Sea were chartered by Norwegian oil company Statoil.