Wärtsilä combines competences to ensure ultra-silent propulsion for research vessel

31 October 2017

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply an ultra-silent propulsion package for a new research vessel to be built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute, a Faroese Government organisation. The solution is made possible through Wärtsilä’s in-house competences in silent diesel generator sets, propeller shaft lines, and electrical and automation (E&A) systems. The vessel is being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in June 2017.

The ability to create a propulsion solution that significantly limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation, was a key factor in the award of this contract to Wärtsilä. By enabling the vessel to sail with very little URN, the Wärtsilä solution will facilitate the ability of the research personnel onboard to carry out their tasks with greater effectiveness.

“It is a reflection on Wärtsilä’s extensive resources in both equipment and in-house technical know-how that we are able to meet the customer’s need for an ultra-silent vessel. This broad range of competences enables us to serve our customers better, and gives Wärtsilä a distinct competitive edge,” says Simon Riddle, General Manager, Naval & Research Vessels, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

“Having a single supplier capable of providing everything specified for this modern research vessel’s performance requirements is, of course, extremely helpful. It saves procurement time and reduces the project scheduling risks, so we are very grateful for Wärtsilä’s cooperation and support,” says Mouritz Mohr, CEO, MEST Shipyard.

The 54 metre long ship will be powered by two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines and will have a silent Wärtsilä fixed pitch propeller and complete shaft line. The solution is very compact, which results in reduced acoustic signals. Wärtsilä will also supply a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to clean the engine exhaust of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

The research vessel is scheduled to commence operations in mid-2020, and will be used to help provide a basis for the responsible exploitation of the marine resources around the Faroe Islands.


The new research vessel will feature an ultra-silent propulsion system from Wärtsilä. Image by Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, Finland.

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