Wartsila, a provider of lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets, has been contracted to supply the ship design for the Vestland Cygnus, a platform supply vessel (PSV) that will be converted to serve as a transport service for offshore wind farm personnel.
The conversion of the PSV, which is owned by Norway-based Norside AS, is scheduled to take place at the Fjellstrand yard in Norway by June 2016. Following completion of the project, the Vestland Cygnus will be operated by Vestland Offshore, an offshore vessel operator in Norway.
The redesign includes several new features, such as an accommodation module for 134 people, a 100-ton offshore crane with a range of 40 meters and a new footpath system for transferring personnel to offshore fixtures.
The original Vestland Cygnus design was supplied by Wartsila, and the ship was delivered from the Fjellstrand yard in April. Wartsila also supplied a complete electric propulsion system based on Wartsila's low-loss concept, four Wartsila 20 engines and an integrated automation system.
"The new design will enable the transportation and accommodation of a high number of people," says Hans Martin Gravdal, owner of the Vestland Cygnus. "It is important that the vessel has very good stability, even in the most challenging sea and weather conditions, so that personnel can safely board rigs or windmills. We are confident that the Wartsila design meets all our requirements."