Wärtsilä has revealed a new, more eco-efficient anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel design.
The design was first unveiled at the Sea Asia exhibition held in Singapore. Wärtsilä says that the new design focuses on simplicity, efficiency, low fuel consumption and a reduced environmental impact.
The company says that the equipment solutions are suitable for medium to large size AHTS vessels, where one of the key components is a 2-speed gearbox system selected to meet the design targets of reduced costs and less complexity without compromising operational safety.
Wärtsilä has estimated that the new design should provide a reduction of approximately 20 to 25 percent in fuel consumption compared to conventional diesel mechanical four engine solutions. The exhaust emissions are reduced proportionately.
Crew requirements need not change to operate vessels featuring the new Wärtsilä design as no special electrical skills are necessary.
“Wärtsilä has an impressive track record and extensive experience in producing efficient AHTS designs, all of which are based on proven technology and the utilisation of high-quality equipment. As a result, our ship designs consistently set new standards in terms of efficiency and environmental sustainability. Our unique expertise, knowledge, and global support are the keys to maximising the profits and asset values of our customers,” says Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president, Wärtsilä Ship Design
The latest Wärtsilä series of AHTS designs features Bollard Pull options of 180 tonnes, with options for 150 or 220 tonnes, and a hybrid propulsion system with a 2-speed gearbox. They are fully compliant with ABS and the latest SOLAS regulations.