Wärtsilä and Hagland Shipping will introduce battery hybrid propulsion to a general cargo vessel, hailed as the first such project in shortsea shipping.
The 2,984gt Hagland Captain will be fitted with Wärtsilä’s hybrid propulsion solution, including shore power capability to power loading and unloading operations and for charging the batteries onboard. A new reduction gear with power take-off and take-in technology and a selective catalytic reduction system for NOx abatement will also be installed.
The project is in response to an agreement between Hagland Shipping and Norwegian environment and resource company Noah, under which environmentally sound vessels must be used to ship materials to the island of Langøya. The refit is expected to reduce the vessel’s NOx emissions by up to 90%, with fuel consumption savings of up to 10%. The batteries will enable the ship to sail with no emissions for up to 30 minutes, into and out of the harbour.
Hagland Shipping COO Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen said: “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.”
The DNV GL classed Hagland Captain is currently powered by a 1,980kW MaK engine, with auxiliary power provided by two 168kW gensets. The vessel primarily works under charter to Noah carrying timber and other bulk cargoes between Langøya and mainland Norway.
The hybrid arrangement will be based on Wärtsilä’s integrated engine, battery and energy management package, Wärtsilä Hy.
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