Wärtsilä Corporation won a contract in August to deliver complete propulsion systems for two 80m offshore patrol vessels of Fassmer design for the Chilean Coast Guard.
Each patrol vessel will be equipped with two 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 26 main engines having a combined power of 8160 kW at 1000 rpm for a maximum speed of more than 20 knots. The engines will each drive a Wärtsilä Lips controllable-pitch propeller through a single-input Wärtsilä reduction gearbox. Wärtsilä will also supply the control systems for engines and propellers plus Wärtsilä Deep Sea Seals sterntube seals. The first ship set of equipment is due for delivery to Chile in early 2007.
The patrol vessels will be built at the ASMAR Talcahuano shipyard and are due for commissioning in 2008 and 2009. They will be employed by the Chilean Coast Guard to conduct interdiction and security operations up to 200 miles from shore. The vessels will be owned and operated by the Coast Guard, a branch of the Chilean Navy.
A key factor in Wärtsilä winning this contract was the company’s ability to supply complete, integrated propulsion systems. Such complete solutions offer real benefits in terms of manufacturer’s support through the life of a vessel.
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Caption: The offshore patrol vessels of Fassmer design for the Chilean Coast Guard will be equipped with complete Wärtsilä propulsion systems.
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