Wärtsilä has been selected to deliver an ultra-silent propulsion package for a new research vessel, which is planned to be built for the Faroese Government’s Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute.
The package will include Wärtsilä’s silent diesel generator sets, fixed pitch propeller and a complete propeller shaft line, as well as electrical and automation (E&A) systems.
The propulsion solution is designed to reduce underwater radiated noise (URN) and is compliant with the DNV Silent R notation.
It is expected to allow the vessel to generate very little URN during operation and help the onboard research personnel to perform their tasks more efficiently.
Additionally, Wärtsilä is set to provide a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system to clean the engine exhaust of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
Wärtsilä Marine Solutions Naval and Research Vessels general manager Simon Riddle said: “It is a reflection on Wärtsilä’s extensive resources in both equipment and in-house technical know-how that we are able to meet the customer’s need for an ultra-silent vessel.”
The Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute’s new vessel will be 54m-long and be powered by two eight-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engines.
The vessel is currently under development at the MEST shipyard in the Faroe Islands and is slated to begin operations by mid-2020.
It is expected to be deployed to help provide a basis for responsible exploitation of the marine resources around the Faroe Islands following its launch.