Wärtsilä’s to supply energy efficient 8° thruster

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Technology group Wärtsilä is to supply a comprehensive thruster solution for Dutch dredging and heavy lifting ship company Boskalis.

In order to convert an existing hull into a vessel with a crane, Wärtsilä will provide the Netherlands-based business with four retractable and steerable thrusters, along with two tunnel thrusters. The retraction system has a proven track record and when partnered with an energy efficient 8° tilted thruster, it enables strong and stable station-keeping performance.

The company was tasked with meeting a demanding delivery schedule in December 2019 to help solve operational challenges when carrying out shallow draft operations.

Wärtsilä’s marine vice president, asset management services, Stefan Wiik, said, “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.”

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A journalism graduate from Coventry University, Rachel started working at UKi Media & Events five years ago and in that time has risen to deputy editor on a number of titles, including Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. Her favourite aspect of the job is interviewing industry experts, including researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians, and learning more about the ground-breaking technologies and innovations that are shaping the future of the marine and shipping industries.

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