Wärtsilä wins ship design orders from China, India, Germany

Wärtsilä has received orders for its recently established Wärtsilä Ship Design unit from customers in China, India, and Germany.

Offshore staff

HELSINKI, Finland -- Wärtsilä has received orders for its recently established Wärtsilä Ship Design unit from customers in China, India, and Germany.

The orders call for Wärtsilä to design a deepwater engineering survey vessel, a multi-purpose support vessel, a diving support vessel, and an emergency-towing vessel.

The deepwater engineering survey vessel design is for China Oilfield Services, and represents a 4300-dwt vessel capable of drilling operating at deepwater for geotechnical surveys and geophysical surveys.

The Chinese state-owned Shanghai Salvage Co. has ordered its multi-purpose support vessel design from Wärtsilä in order to carry out year-round tasks along the coastline of China. The key requirement is for multi-purpose flexibility since the vessel will be required to carry out different operations, including salvage, offshore engineering services, diving and ROV operations, fire-fighting, anchor handling, ship supply, environmental protection, and route clearing.

The 4500-dwt Diving Support Vessel design has been ordered by India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. and will provide a stable platform for saturation and air-diving operations, the company says. In addition to diving operations and construction work, the vessel is to provide field support and will be fitted with fire-fighting and oil recovery equipment.

In Europe, Wärtsilä has completed an emergency towing vessel design for the German company ARGE Küstenschutz.

The Ship Design unit was organized following acquisitions of Vik-Sandvik and Schiffko. The company's most recent acquisition, the Singaporean-based Conan Wu & Associates also will be part of the Ship Design unit.

09/23/2008

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