WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Corporation, Trade & Technical press release, 9 June 2009
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤, the marine industry's leading ship power system integrator,
is to combine all its ship design units into a single entity, to be
known as WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Ship Design. The units involved in this
re-organisation include the recently acquired naval architect
companies Vik-Sandvik of Norway, Conan Wu & Associates (CWA) of
Singapore, and SCHIFFKO of Germany, as well as the company's
conceptual ship design unit in Finland.
The new set up will generate a variety of new designs, from simple,
low-cost, standard vessels to more high-end, ground-breaking tonnage.
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤, with a broad and high quality offering of ship design
services, expects to increase its share of the ship design market,
with the main focus being on a full design scope approach.
"There will be close collaboration between our Ship Design unit,
other parts of the Ship Power organisation, and other WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤
businesses. Our long term ambition is to create standard proven
designs with predefined solutions, and to provide operational
services with performance guarantees and fixed prices. This may also
include extended services, such as yard selection and supervision
support in the construction phase," says Arne Birkeland, Vice
President, Ship Design, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Ship Power.
"We will gradually launch a series of designs developed as a result
of the knowledge sharing between the different units, and these will
be branded as WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Ship Designs," said Birkeland. "It is our goal
to establish WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ as an independent ship design brand, which will
become the customer's first choice".
The expansion into ship design is in line in WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s strategy to
strengthen its position as a total solutions provider, and to be the
most valued partner for its customers. Through ship design WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤
can offer competitive solutions that will lead to better total
efficiency, improved environmental performance, and reduced life
cycle costs for its customers.
New WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ tug design
One of the first designs to be fully accredited as a WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Ship
Design is the W Tug 80. This is a compact, high performance escort
tug of 35m, capable of carrying out ship assist duties at offshore
terminals, as well as high-speed escorting, push-pull operations, and
The W Tug 80, designed for 80 ton bollard pull, can attain a speed of
14.5 knots. Due to its compact size and two WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ steerable
thrusters, the tug is highly manoeuvrable. The rounded bow profile
with moderate flare is optimised for pushing and reduces the risk of
A large skeg, combined with the forward hull shape, results in a
steering force of 250 ton during escorting. It is powered by two
8-cylinder in-line WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ 26 engines, each rated at 2600kW at
1000rpm. A modular propulsion concept with various engine
arrangements can be configured within the same basic design.
The towage and escorting duties are served well with a forward 112t
towing/anchor winch. A 91t towing winch is sited aft of the
superstructure. The tug can be equipped for fire-fighting duties, and
can operate 200 nautical miles from the coastline.
Caption: One of the first designs to be fully accredited as a
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Ship Design is the W Tug 80 (2 pictures). Please see the
Under the heading "The Best Marine Design by Humans", WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ will
focus on its ship design capabilities at this year's Nor-Shipping
exhibition in Oslo, Norway
Through this link you will have the possibility to design - not a
vessel - but your own unique Fish. www.designafish.com
Welcome to meet us on stand number E03-13 in Hall E.
For further information, please contact.
Mr Arne Birkeland
Vice President, Ship Design
Tel: +47 97715013
Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager, PR and Marketing Communications
Tel: +358 10 709 1439
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Corporation in brief
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for
the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological
innovation and total efficiency, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ maximises the environmental
and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its
In 2008, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with 19,000
employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70
countries around the world. WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is listed on the NASDAQ OMX
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