- A comprehensive thruster solution from the technology group Wärtsilä will enable Netherlands based Boskalis to convert an existing hull to create the crane vessel Bokalift2.
- In addition to addressing the technical challenges imposed by the project, Wärtsilä has also committed to meeting a demanding delivery schedule for the equipment.
- Wärtsilä’s thruster solutions enable high specification vessel to operate successfully in sustainable energy installation projects, reducing fuel consumption.
Wärtsilä, the Finnish technology group, has received an order for a thruster solution for Boskalis’ Bokalift 2 crane vessel, writes Adnan Durakovic for offshoreWIND.
The deal, secured in December last year, will see technology group supply four retractable steerable thrusters and thruster controls, as well as two tunnel thrusters.
The retraction system, combined with the energy efficient 8-degree tilted thruster, is a key factor in enabling effective station-keeping performance, Wärtsilä explained.
“Wärtsilä’s thruster solutions enable this kind of high specification vessel to operate successfully in sustainable energy installation projects,” says Stefan Wiik, vice president, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine.
He added, “Furthermore, the energy efficiency of our thrusters reduces fuel consumption, which at the same time limits emission levels.”
According to Boskalis, the Bokalift 2 will be a flexible value adding asset, ready for the installation of current and future generation offshore wind turbine foundations as well as oil and gas structures in addition to serving the decommissioning and salvage market.
The Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF) foundation setup scope will be the launching project for the new Bokalift 2 crane vessel.
Wärtsilä’s extensive in-house capabilities across multiple disciplines were cited as being critical to addressing this complex conversion project.
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