Wartsila Makes Hybrid Shipping History


Marine technology specialists Wartsila has signed an agreement with international shipping company Hagland Shipping AS to deliver the world’s first hybrid retrofit installation for a short-sea shipping vessel.

According to a statement, the deal was signed in December 2018 and will see a battery hybrid propulsion solution installed on the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo ship owned by Hagland Shipping.

Wartsila has said the solution will significantly enhance the ship’s environmental performance by cutting emissions, fuel consumption and noise.



Included in the solution are a shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, as well as NOx Reducer (NOR).

Consequently, the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions could be reduced by as much as 90%, and the vessel will be able to sail in and out of harbour on electric power for approximately 30 minutes, while overall fuel savings could reach 10%.

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Paul Kohle, Director, Sales and Sales Support, Asset Management Services, Wartsila Marine, had this to say: “Environmental considerations are increasingly important for fleet owners around the world. 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.

“Wärtsilä is responding to these developments with its Smart Marine Ecosystem approach, which through the use of high levels of digitalisation and connectivity, is creating greater efficiencies, increased safety, and more sustainable solutions.”

Oivind Wendelboe Aanenensen, COO Hagland Shipping AS, commented: “Wärtsilä’s forward-leaning and supportive approach has enabled Hagland and NOAH to arrive at an optimal solution.

“We believe our mutual project will have a considerable impact in the market and will further the environmental drive towards sustainable solutions in short-sea shipping.”

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