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Monday, February 24, 2020 

Wärtsilä is to supply a thruster package to Netherlands-based Boskalis which will enable the company to convert an existing hull to create a crane vessel.

In addition to addressing the technical challenges imposed by the project, to be named Bokalift 2, Wärtsilä has committed to meeting a demanding delivery schedule for the equipment. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in December 2019. Wärtsilä’s in-house capabilities across multiple disciplines were cited as being critical to addressing this complex conversion project.

Wärtsilä will supply four retractable steerable thrusters and thruster controls, as well as two tunnel thrusters. The proven retraction system, combined with the energy efficient 8-degree tilted thruster, is a key factor in enabling effective station-keeping performance. Wärtsilä says it is a market leader in large-scale retractable thrusters, which are essential to solving operational challenges of this type. The thrusters’ retractability will enable shallow draught operations.

“Wärtsilä’s thruster solutions enable this kind of high specification vessel to operate successfully in sustainable energy installation projects. Furthermore, the energy efficiency of our thrusters reduces fuel consumption, which at the same time limits emission levels,” said Stefan Wiik, VP Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine.

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