Ship manager and operator Marfin Management has chosen Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module, Wärtsilä HY, for installation to a bulk carrier being built at the Onomichi Dockyard in Japan.
The Paolo Topic is the first bulk carrier to benefit from the hybrid installation offered by Wärtsilä. The Wärtsilä HY improves fuel efficiency and reduces maintenance costs by allowing seamless integration and control of the technologies to be installed with the ship’s existing power production systems. A dedicated Energy Management System (EMS) will have overall control of the engines, batteries, power distribution and solar panels to be installed on the weather deck.
“We are pleased to have found like-minded partners to bring new technology and innovative thinking onboard to help improve our environmental performance and leading the way towards a more sustainable future. We will be able to provide our customers and partners with the most advanced vessel performance and environmental quality without compromising on operational effectiveness and flexibility,” stated Alex Albertini, CEO at Marfin Management.
“This new technology development, utilising a combination of engines, solar power and batteries, represents a milestone for the industry and is made possible by the Wärtsilä HY integration,” said Giulio Tirelli, director at Wärtsilä Marine Business. “Thanks to the fully integrated solution, we are able to raise the bar in terms of economic competitiveness and environmental performance.”
The project agreement was signed on July 8 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.