Introduction To Wärtsilä’s Enhanced Offshore Dynamic Positioning Solution

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  • Wärtsilä elevates offshore dynamic positioning capabilities.
  • The innovative thruster design reduces the need for installed power, enhancing efficiency.
  • Wärtsilä’s transverse thrusters are also available for integration, providing a comprehensive solution package.

Wärtsilä elevates offshore dynamic positioning capabilities with the introduction of a new high-performance thruster and propulsion control package, delivering improved operational efficiency and accuracy, reports Wärtsilä.

Advanced Thruster Technology

The solution integrates Wärtsilä’s WST-E embedded electric steerable thruster and WST-R retractable thrusters.

Featuring an 8-degree tilted propeller shaft, the retractable thrusters minimize losses in interaction with the hull and between thrusters, boosting effective thrust by up to 15 to 20%.

Efficiency and Reduced Emissions

The innovative thruster design reduces the need for installed power, enhancing efficiency and cutting emissions and fuel consumption.

Rapid thrust response ensures quick maneuvering, enhancing operational safety and efficiency for offshore vessels.

Comprehensive Product Suite

The introduction comprises the new Wärtsilä WST-E thruster, three new WST-R retractable thrusters (WST-09R, WST-14R, and WST-18R), and an updated ProTouch Remote Propulsion Control System user interface.

Wärtsilä’s transverse thrusters are also available for integration, providing a comprehensive solution package.

Space-Saving Design and Simplified Systems

The compact design of the main thrusters, with embedded electric motors in an L-drive configuration, saves space and allows for fitting below working or car decks.

WST-E solution enhances energy efficiency and simplifies system operation, offering a space-saving alternative to traditional thruster configurations.

ProTouch Interface Upgrade

The updated ProTouch Remote Propulsion Control System streamlines the user interface with larger screens, improving ease of use and situational awareness for operators.

By reducing the number of screens and simplifying navigation, the upgraded interface enhances efficiency and reduces installation efforts for shipyards.

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Source: Wartsila