Wärtsilä wins Icebreaker thruster and DP deal


The ‘CCGS Amundsen’ will be the only vessel in its class to be fitted with retractable thrusters and dynamic positioning Photo: Canadian Coast GuardThe ‘CCGS Amundsen’ will be the only vessel in its class to be fitted with retractable thrusters and dynamic positioning Photo: Canadian Coast Guard



Wärtsilä has won a contract for the delivery and integration engineering of two retractable thrusters and a dynamic positioning (DP) system for the ’CCGS Amundsen’, a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Icebreaker.

The 98m Arctic Class 3 Medium Icebreaker will be the only vessel in its class to be fitted with retractable thrusters and DP. The new thrusters will be integrated with the existing bow thruster, which is also a Wärtsilä product.

“The Platinum DP system will exceed the functionality desired by the CCG, and will enhance the DP capacity of the vessel to perform sailing and manoeuvring operations,” commented Mike Ford, Sales Manager for Americas & DP at Wärtsilä Voyage.

“By offering the most intuitive user interface on the market, Platinum DP also reduces the training requirements for successful system operation. The user interface plays a critical role in helping operators make the most of the system in the trying conditions found in Canada’s Arctic waters,” he added.

“We continue to work closely with the CCG to ensure that we fully understand and successfully meet their requirements for specification writing, documentation and project management,” added Ian Brouwer, senior sales manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

“Supplying the products is only part of the picture, since they need to be engineered for complete integration with the Amundsen’s existing machinery, and for this we have outstanding capabilities,” he concluded.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in September 2021.

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