Wärtsilä Hybrid Upgrade Solution To Enhance Efficiency & Sustainability For Offshore Vessel
For the engineering, supply, and commission of a hybrid propulsion system for an offshore sector vessel, Wärtsilä has been selected. Wärtsilä has been given the contract by Norway-based Eidesvik AS to carry out the upgradation project on its ‘Viking Neptun’ construction vessel. In August 2019 the order was placed. Two similar hybrid upgrade contracts have been placed with Wärtsilä in recent months.
In 2015, the 15,900 DWT ‘Viking Neptun’ was built. Wärtsilä engines and Wärtsila’s Low Loss Concept (LLC) electrical systems are fitted in this. While the dynamic positioning operations are performed the ship will now with Wärtsilä’s battery hybrid solution, be able to operate on a single generator set together with batteries. Integrating the new system with the already existing Wärtsilä control system will make it seamless.
These hybrid solutions will give benefits like fuel cost saving and better environmental performance to its customers. It also reduced the maintenance costs as the load on the engines will be more efficient and the running hours will also be reduced.
“Wärtsilä continues to lead the industry’s technological transformation into a new era of greater efficiency and more sustainable operations. Our hybrid solutions are well established and proven, and this latest project order is a further endorsement of our competences in this field,” says Cato Esperø, Head of Sales, Service Unit Nordics, and Baltics, Wärtsilä Marine.
“It is very important to our company that we play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, which is why we give a high level of priority to sustainable operations for our fleet. We have worked closely with Wärtsilä for many years and we were comfortable with again selecting them for this hybrid upgrade project,” says Vice President, Technology & Development, Vermund Hjelland, Eidesvik AS.
Two 870 kWh battery packs and two 2.7 MW drives are also included in the Wärtsilä scope for the hybrid system pre-installed in containers. The existing switchboard, the integrated automation and power management systems will also be upgraded by Wärtsilä. Within six months it is expected that the project will be completed.
PR Reference: Wartsila