New Wärtsilä design features world’s first hybrid propulsion solution for fish farming industry

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Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design and hybrid propulsion solution for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway. In addition to the design, the OEM will supply an integrated solution comprising a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine, auxiliary engines, propulsion machinery, the propulsion remote control system, and the electrical and automation system. Environmental gains are made possible by a Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion solution supported by batteries. This is the world’s first processing and transportation vessel for the fish farming industry to utilise this solution. The vessel’s hybrid propulsion machinery has the PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off) powered by batteries, and is combined with the Wärtsilä 31 main engine. The hybrid battery configuration is new for this type of vessel. “The fish farming industry, like other marine industry sectors, is seeking better ship designs and greater efficiencies that reduce overall operating costs and lessen the environmental impact. Wärtsilä is proud to have been selected for this project that introduces the world’s first hybrid propulsion system for this kind of vessel,” said Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president, Wärtsilä Ship Design. Delivery of the Wärtsilä solutions will be during autumn 2017 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018.

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