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Wärtsilä bags major MPSV deal

Wärtsilä bags major MPSV deal
Singapore: Leading marine solution and service provider Wärtsilä  has been awarded a major contract to design a series of four multi-purpose platform support vessels (MPSVs) for Armada Offshore MPSV.

Armada Offshore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Bumi Armada Bhd, an international offshore oilfield service provider and the country’s largest owner and operator of offshore support vessels. The vessels will be built by a subsidiary of Nam Cheong Limited, Malaysia’s largest offshore support vessel builder, at subcontracted yard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd in China. The Wärtsilä contract with the Chinese yard was signed last month.

The comprehensive solution contract comprises the basic customised design, the main power generation system, the propulsion system, the Wärtsilä Low Lost Concept (LLC) electrical system and the automation system. The order follows the successful execution of a similar MPSV order in 2011 for Bumi Armada featuring a Wärtsilä ship design and fully integrated Wärtsilä machinery, electrics and automation.

The WSD 1000 design is tailored to meet the specific requirements and operational modes demanded in complex offshore applications. Originally designed to cater to North Sea operating conditions, it has been adapted to the Asian trade for the Bumi Armada project.

Ngoh Ay Hwa, sales manager, Wartsila Ship Design Singapore Pte Ltd, said, “The original Vik-Sandvik design was meant for the North Sea while Nam Cheong caters to Asia. Thus, there was close cooperation between Wartsila’s Singapore and Norway offices to adapt the design.”

Leong Seng Keat, executive director of Nam Cheong, told Seatrade Global: “We wanted to ‘Asianise’ the design to make it more suitable for Asia Pacific. Through consultation with our customer Bumi Armada, which has extensive experience in the Asian trade, we decided on the Wartsila 1000. The entire process has been lengthy but we are glad with the results, so the time spent has not been wasted.”