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 is a market leader in large-scale retractable thrusters, which are essential to solving operational challenges of this type. The thrusters’ retractability also enables shallow draft 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,” says Stefan Wiik, vice president, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine.
Wärtsilä’s extensive in-house capabilities across multiple disciplines were cited as being critical to addressing this complex conversion project.