Kongsberg Maritime has secured a set of contracts from China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to provide power and hybrid systems to nine Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels ordered by Italy’s Grimaldi Group.

The deals are worth more than NOK400m ($47m). They include an option for three more vessels, increasing the total value of the deal to more than NOK500m ($59m).

As part of the deals, Kongsberg will deliver and install large battery systems, shaft generators, frequency converters and energy management systems on the vessels called Grimaldi Green 5th Generation.

Deliveries of the solutions are expected to begin next year and be completed by 2022.

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Kongsberg Maritime Global Sales and Marketing executive vice-president Stene Førsund said: “This delivery represents introduction of new technology into this market segment.

“The contract shows that our concepts for hybrid vessels are expanding into new vessel types and positions Kongsberg as a leading provider of hybrid technology in the offshore and marine vessel segments.

“The contract shows that our concepts for hybrid vessels are expanding into new vessel types and positions Kongsberg as a leading provider of hybrid technology.”

“Our hybrid solutions deliver tangible benefits. Vessels will have zero emissions while in port, reduced overall fuel consumption by utilising our peak shaving technology, while the batteries will be charged at sea by using the shaft generators.”

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Grimaldi expects to start receiving the Grimaldi Green 5th Generation vessels from 2020. The 64,000t vessels will each be 238m long and 34m wide.

Following the delivery, the vessels will be deployed to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, equivalent to nearly 500 trailers.

The existing shipbuilding contract between Grimaldi and Nanjing Jinling Shipyard for the Ro-Ro vessels also includes an option for three additional vessels with a capacity of 5,800 linear meters of rolling units.