Wärtsilä forms unified ship design unit targeting Asian yards

Oslo: Wärtsilä is to combine all its ship design units into a single entity, to be known as Wärtsilä Ship Design, with offices in Singapore and Shanghai as well as Poland, Germany and Norway.

The Shanghai office was established two months ago with what the company describes as a fully functional design capacbility. Design brands included in the consolidation include Conan Wu & Associates (CWA) of Singapore. Unveiling the move at this week’s Nor-Shipping event, company officials said the new set up will generate a variety of new designs, from simple, low-cost, standard vessels and proven designs – “aimed mainly at Asian yards” – to more high-end, ground-breaking tonnage. “There will be close collaboration between our Ship Design unit, other parts of the Ship Power organisation, and other Wärtsilä businesses,” said Arne Birkeland, Vice President, Ship Design, Wärtsilä Ship Power. “Our long term ambition is to create standard proven designs with predefined solutions, and to provide operational services with performance guarantees and fixed prices. This may also include extended services, such as yard selection and supervision support in the construction phase.”

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