Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s major ship power system integrator, has signed a ship design contract with Pipavav Shipyard of India. The contract calls for a total of 12 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) to be designed by Wärtsilä and built by Pipavav, for delivery to ONGC – Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, which is the largest oil and gas producer in India. The yard is scheduled to begin production of the first seven vessels in the first quarter of 2010.
“This represents a landmark order for Wärtsilä Ship Design, and is the result of many years of dedicated work by our team in Singapore. The design criteria for these vessels were stringent, and meet the latest demands of fire fighting and dynamic positioning capabilities for search and rescue standby support,” said Ove H. Wilhelmsen, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Ship Design in Singapore.
ONGC originally invited participation from ship designers and shipyards worldwide for its pre-qualifying tender. Of the six shipyards subsequently shortlisted, four of the tenders submitted were based upon Wärtsilä designs. Pipavav Shipyard, which worked closely with Wärtsilä Ship Design throughout the tendering process, was awarded the contract for all 12 vessels. Building of the vessels is to be completed within 30 months. The value of the contract was not published.
The 59 metre vessels are designed to achieve a speed exceeding 12,5 knots, and will provide back-up for search, rescue and standby support. They will also transport cargo between ONGC’s supply base and its offshore installations.
Wärtsilä has a global ship design organisation with major hubs in Europe and Asia. The Wärtsilä Ship Design organisation is capable of generating a variety of new designs, from low-cost standard vessels to high-end tonnage. Wärtsilä’s long-term ambition is to create proven designs with predefined solutions and operational services, along with performance guarantees and fixed prices. This can include comprehensive services to ship owners, such as shipyard selection, drawings approval, and new building supervision. To shipyards Wärtsilä’s offering includes detailed design, and engineering support throughout the construction phase.