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Wärtsilä to supply silent propulsion for research vessel

Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017

Wärtsilä is to use a combination of in-house technologies to provide a silent propulsion system for a research vessel under construction for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute.

The new research vessel will feature an ultra-silent propulsion system

The vessel, which is currently being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes, will emit a significantly reduced volume of underwater radiated noise (URN) and will comply with the DNV Silent R notation. The Wärtsilä technologies, which include silent diesel generator sets, propeller shaft lines and electrical and automation systems, will enable research personnel on board the vessel to carry out their work more effectively.
The 54m-long vessel will have two eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines, a silent fixed pitch propeller, and a complete shaft line. The technology company will also supply a selective catalytic reduction system to clean the ship’s exhaust gas.
It is a reflection on Wärtsilä’s extensive resources in both equipment and in-house technical knowhow that we are able to meet the customer’s needs for an ultra-silent vessel,” commented Simon Riddle, general manager, Naval & Research Vessels at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. “This broad range of competencies enables us to serve our customers better, and gives Wärtsilä a distinct competitive advantage.”
Mouritz Mohr, CEO of MEST Shipyard, added that it is helpful to have one single supplier because it saves procurement time and reduces project scheduling risks.
The new vessel is due to start operations in mid-2020.