Wärtsilä to provide thrusters for Chinese construction vessels

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 23/07/2021 Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä has been commissioned to supply the 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.

The orders were placed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co, the yard building a 2000-ton wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), and China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co, the yard building a 3000-ton heavy lift vessel. The orders with Wärtsilä were placed in May 2021.

According to Wärtsilä, the thruster solutions ensure optimal positioning for offshore installation vessels regardless of the sea and weather conditions. Furthermore, the compact Wärtsilä thruster package is designed to reduce weight without compromising performance.

“Wind power is becoming increasingly important for China, and we are building these two ships on a fast-track schedule to support this programme. 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,” said Mr. Wang Peng, Project Manager, China Three Gorges Corporation.

“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,” said Lauri Tiainen, Product Director Thrusters & Propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Power.  

Each of the vessels will have an optimised thruster configuration consisting of WST-32FP main propulsion units and relevant WTT transverse thruster sizes. The design of the thrusters aims to improve redundancy for less energy consumption, and proven reliability. They also comply with applicable environmental regulations with the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL)