Finnish engineering giant Wärtsilä has secured a contract to supply propulsion equipment for a new research vessel to be operated by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) agency.
Wärtsilä will supply four of its eight-cylinder in-line 20 main diesel electric generating sets, two main propulsion steerable thrusters, one bow retractable thruster and a diesel electric system.
The majority of the equipment will be delivered by the end of 2011.
The ship will be built at CNP Freire shipyard in Spain, and is scheduled to be launched before the end of 2012.
The vessel will enable researchers to address environmental issues by collecting critical information regarding climate change, marine ecosystems and underwater seismic activity, according to Wärtsilä.