Hagland and Wärtsilä partner on short-sea shipping hybrid retrofit

Hagland and Wärtsilä partner on short-sea shipping hybrid retrofit
An impression of how the Hagland Captain will look after retrofit of the Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion solution

Hagland Shipping has signed an agreement with Wärtsilä to take delivery of a hybrid retrofit short-sea shipping vessel that will cut emissions and save up to 10 per cent on fuel costs.

The Hagland Captain, a general cargo vessel owned by Hagland Shipping, will undergo installation of a Wärtsilä battery hybrid propulsion solution to improve its environmental performance and reduce noise. The vessel will be provided with shore power connectivity to provide power for loading/unloading and for battery charging and will feature a new reduction gear with power take-off (PTO) and power take-in (PTI) technology.

The battery capacity is expected to provide enough power for sailing in and out of harbour on electric power for approximately 30 minutes, reducing noise and pollution in and around the harbour area.

A Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) will also be included in the vessel retrofit to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 90 per cent.

The project is in response to a collaborative agreement between Hagland Shipping and NOAH AS, the Norwegian environment and resource company, whereby the shipping of materials to the island of Langøya in Norway is required to be via environmentally sound vessels. The project has received input from non-profit NGO, Bellona.

Oivind Wendelboe Aanensen, COO, Hagland Shipping, commented: “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, added: “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.”

The project is the first of its kind in short-sea shipping.