A strategic development agreement has been signed between technology group Wärtsilä and Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited. The five-year agreement was signed on December 3 at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China, and is aimed at the joint development of a hybrid-dredger, but could possibly extend to other hybrid vessels as well.
“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,” said 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.”
The purpose of the agreement is to 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.
“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,” said Li Dong, Chief Engineer at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited.
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.