Wärtsilä signs hybrid dredger deal

CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited and Wärtsilä are cooperating in the promotion of hybrid propulsion solutions Photo: Wärtsilä CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited and Wärtsilä are cooperating in the promotion of hybrid propulsion solutions Photo: Wärtsilä

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a strategic development agreement with Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company aimed at developing a hybrid powered dredger.

The five-year deal, which may extend to other hybrid vessels, will see the two companies build a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid power systems. Wärtsilä will support Huangpu Wenchong during the design and construction phases with technology innovations, system selection, performance calculations and long-term services.

“Collaboration with industry partners is at the very core of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach to raising efficiencies and eliminating waste throughout the shipping sector," commented Henrik Wilhelms, director offshore and special vessels at Wärtsilä.

"This is one more example of this philosophy, and we look forward to cooperating with Huangpu Wenchong to create hybrid powered vessels that will benefit the industry by lowering costs and benefit the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

“We are very happy to be cooperating in this project with Wärtsilä, a proven technology innovator and industry leader in hybrid solutions for the marine industry,” added Li Dong, chief engineer at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company.

The initial work will be based on a hopper dredger, a vessel that the shipyard already builds. Evaluations will be carried out to determine the most suitable hybrid solution for that class of dredgers.

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