Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with shipping company Hagland Shipping to provide a hybrid retrofit installation onboard the Hagland Captain cargo vessel.
Wärtsilä’s hybrid system is built around an integrated module that combines engines, batteries, power electronics, and an energy management system (EMS). The hybrid system for the Hagland Captain will also include a shore power connection to provide power for loading, unloading, and battery charging, as well as a new reduction gear with power take-off and power take-in technology, and a Wärtsilä NOx Reducer.
Wärtsilä estimates the retrofit could reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as much as 80 to 90%, and deliver fuel cost savings in the range of 5 to 10%. The battery capacity should be sufficient to sail in and out of harbor on electric power for approximately 30 minutes.
The vessel will be used to ship materials to the Norwegian island of Langøya, which requires environmentally sound vessels. Wärtsilä’s hybrid retrofit will help enable the Hagland Captain to meet this requirement.
Wärtsilä Director Paul Kohle said, “The need for the latest smart marine technologies has been seen for some time already in deep-sea shipping, and this project is evidence that the need also exists in short-sea transportation.”