Finland’s marine engine and equipment maker Wärtsilä announced on 23 July, that the company has entered into an agreement with two Chinese shipbuilding companies for the delivery of steerable and tunnel thrusters for two new wind farm turbine installation vessels being built for the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), a China state-owned power company.
Marine Link writes the orders were being placed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co, which is building a 2000-ton wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), and by China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co, the yard building a 3000-ton heavy lift vessel. The ships will serve China’s expanding offshore wind power sector.
According to Wärtsilä, the company’s thruster solutions will provide the level of performance required to ensure optimal positioning for offshore installation vessels regardless of the sea and weather conditions.
Wärtsilä added, “Furthermore, the weight of onboard equipment is an important consideration for jack-up vessels, and the compact Wärtsilä thruster package saves weight without compromising performance.”
Speaking about the delivery, Wang Peng, Project Manager, China Three Gorges Corporation said, “Wind power is becoming increasingly important for China, and we are building these two ships on a fast-track schedule to support this program. We appreciate Wärtsilä’s ability to deliver the thrusters in line with our timetable. Their local engineering and project management assistance is of great value to us.”
Lauri Tiainen, Product Director Thrusters & Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Power said, “We are proud to have been awarded the contracts for these new vessels. As with all Wärtsilä products and solutions, our thrusters are designed to ensure optimal efficiency, high hydrodynamic performance, less maintenance, and better accessibility for servicing. They reach and exceed the performance levels required in today’s competitive operating environment.”