Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a total propulsion package for Dockwise’s new “Type 0” semi-submersible heavy lift vessel. With capacity of more than 110,000 metric tons and deck size of 275 x 70 meters, the new “Type 0″ vessel is the largest ship of its type ever to be built.

Wärtsilä will supply the “Type 0″ with two Wärtsilä 6L38 engines and two Wärtsilä 12V38 engines for the ship’s main propulsion, and one Wärtsilä 6L20 auxiliary engine. Wärtsilä will also supply the reduction gear system, two controllable pitch propellers, two retractable thrusters and one bow thruster.  The equipment has been ordered by Hyundai Heavy Industries, who is building the new “Type 0″, and is scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The unique design of the vessel represents a new generation in heavy lift transport ships. It is an entirely fresh concept that is capable of transporting complete Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units for the offshore industry.

Dockwise Shipping BV currently operates a fleet of 19 semi-submersible heavy transport vessels, which is the largest and most versatile fleet of its type in the world.

Image: Dockwise “Type 0″ Super Vessel courtesy Dockwise Shipping BV

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