Wärtsilä has received several orders for propulsion systems from Russian organisations recently. The most recent contracts include repeat orders for integrated electro-propulsion packages for new state-owned Multipurpose Salvage Vessels, which are part of a national programme to develop Russia's transportation system over the next five years.
Last year, Wärtsilä was contracted to deliver an integrated electro-propulsion package for a state-owned Multipurpose Salvage Vessel (MPSV) being built at the Nevsky Shipyard in Schlisselburg, close to St Petersburg. Wärtsilä has now received repeat orders for similar propulsion packages for two more identical MPSVs.
The newbuildings have been contracted by the Nevsky Shipyard in accordance with an order placed by Federal State Enterprise "Gosmorspassluzhba". The design for the new vessels was developed by the Marine Engineering Bureau - Design - SPB and the ships are being built to the classification requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. They will have an overall length of 73 metres, a beam of 16.6 metres and a design draught of 4.5 metres. With a service speed of 15 knots, an oil recovery capacity of 766 cubic metres and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, they will be used for marine pollution control, salvage and diving operations, offshore standby and rescue services. Delivery of the first MPSV is scheduled for November 2010.
Wärtsilä's scope of supply for each MPSV includes four Wärtsilä 20 generating sets, each with an output of 1370 kW, and medium-voltage electric propulsion (main generators, electric motors, frequency converters, PMS). When selecting a partner for this project, Wärtsilä's ability to supply an integrated total propulsion system was an important consideration. Other significant factors included Wärtsilä's ability to meet the MPSV's unique technical requirements, and a willingness to work closely with both the vessel's designers and the customer during equipment engineering.
"Our scope of supply means that we offer ship designers, shipyards and our customers integrated solutions with fully-compatible technology," says Vladimir Potapov, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Vostok, Ship Power. "This reduces the amount of engineering work required in both the ship design process and the shipyard. Having just a single partner who takes full responsibility for all related deliveries is a significant advantage. Wärtsilä also provides user training, support and spares, and offers long-term service and maintenance agreements covering technology we have supplied."