Netherlands-based shipowner Acta Marine has appointed Wärtsilä to provide hybrid propulsion capability for a new offshore wind construction support vessel.
The ‘Acta Centaurus’, a DP2 walk-to-work construction support vessel will feature a hybrid drive, batteries, and an energy management system to improve fuel efficiency at a more optimised load. According to Wärtsilä, CO2 reduction of up to 15 per cent is achievable.
Wärtsilä will carry out the installation, testing and commissioning of the hybrid system, as well as upgrading the existing onboard systems of Acta Centaurus to make it suitable for hybrid drive.
“Hybrid propulsion is becoming an increasingly adopted trend for meeting the challenges faced by today’s maritime industry. Wärtsilä has been a forerunner in developing the technology to make this both possible and feasible, and our track record in this field is already significant,” said Joel Knif, general manager, marine project sales, Wärtsilä Marine.
The order with Wärtsilä was placed in May 2019. The installation of the equipment needed for the hybrid conversion will take place during the fourth quarter of this year.