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THRUSTERS ORDERED FOR TWO CHINESE WTIVS

THRUSTERS ORDERED FOR TWO CHINESE WTIVS

Friday, July 23, 2021 

Wrtsil will supply 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 ships will serve China’s expanding offshore wind power sector. The orders were placed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co, the yard building a 2000t wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), and by China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co, the yard building a 3000t heavy lift vessel.

TheWärtsilä thruster solutions provide the level of performance required to ensure optimal positioning for offshore installation vessels regardless of the sea and weather conditions. 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.

“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 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 future-proof design of the thrusters features high redundancy for less energy consumption, and proven reliability. They comply with applicable environmental regulations with the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL).

China is expected to boost its offshore wind power generation capacity to 50GW by the end of 2029. The aim is to reach 10% of the country’s total wind power generation capacity, which currently is at 3%.

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