Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply propulsion solutions for six new offshore pipe laying vessels being built by IHC Merwede. Three of the ships are to be built for Subsea 7. The other three vessels have been ordered by Seabras Sapura, the Sapura Kencana and Seadrill partnership entity.
All six vessels are scheduled to be delivered during 1H 2015 and 2H 2016. They will be deployed offshore Brazil by Petrobras. Wärtsilä signed its supply order for the first vessel in the 2Q 2013, and the remaining orders in 3Q 2013. The scope of supply for each ship comprises six 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 engines, two transverse thrusters, two retractable thrusters, and three steerable underwater de-mountable thrusters.
Wärtsilä will begin deliveries in February 2014, with further deliveries following at four month intervals.