Hagland Shipping AS to have its general cargo vessel ‘Hagland Captain’ retrofitted with Wärtsilä’s hybrid propulsion solution

An impression of how the ‘Hagland Captain’ will look after the retrofit of a Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion solution. The conversion will create fuel savings and environmentally sustainable operations. Image copyright: Hagland Shipping AS

HELSINKI, 8-Feb-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Shipping company Hagland Shipping AS to order hybrid retrofit installation from Wärtsilä for its general cargo vessel ‘Hagland Captain’. The agreement between the two companies has been signed in December 2018 and the project will be first of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications.

Wärtsilä will install its battery hybrid propulsion solution on the cargo vessel to significantly enhance its environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.

The project includes technologies and solutions like shore power connection to provide power for loading/unloading operations and for battery charging, a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology, and a Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR).

Wärtsilä’s hybrid solutions are based on fully integrated hybrid power module that marks a new frontier in marine hybrid propulsion. The system combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS).

The total reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions after the retrofit is expected to be as much as 80 to 90 percent. Additionally, 5 to 10 percent in fuel cost savings are expected as well.

The battery capacity will provide enough energy for the vessel to sail in and out of harbour entirely on electric power for approximately 30 minutes thus reducing both noise and pollution levels in the vicinity of the harbour.

Environmental requirements for shipping of materials to the island of Langøya in Norway has led to Hagland Shipping having their ship retrofitted to meet this requirement.

The non-profit NGO, Bellona has provided valuable input to the project concept.

Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen, COO, Hagland Shipping AS:

“Wärtsilä has been chosen as a partner due to their significant experience in providing environmentally sound solutions such as hybrid systems. 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.”

Paul Kohle, Director, Sales & Sales Support, Asset Management Services, Wärtsilä Marine:

“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.”

SOURCE: Wärtsilä

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