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June 8, 2022

Wärtsilä to provide hybrid propulsion tech for EPS vessels

Wärtsilä’s hybrid solution will help optimise fuel efficiency and cut down emissions.

Finnish technology company Wärtsilä has secured a contract to deliver its hybrid propulsion system for 11 new pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels being built for Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS).

The PCTC vessels are under construction at China’s Jingling and Weihai shipyards.

Wärtsilä’s hybrid solution features in-line shaft generators, converters and an energy storage system, as well as the firm’s energy management system for the control of hybrid operations.

The system is anticipated to optimise fuel efficiency and cut down emissions.

With built-in flexibility, it is also said to offer future-proofing that will help ships adjust to future technological evolutions.

Wärtsilä global sales ship electrification solutions general manager Christian Heinsohn said: “Wärtsilä has a leading market position in supplying vessels with hybrid propulsion systems, and we have been a pioneer in successfully delivering these systems for special and merchant vessels.”

With delivery expected to start in 2024, the 200m-long and 18,600DWT vessels will be able to accommodate 7,000 cars each.

EPS fleet director Capt Nadim Prasad said: “EPS is committed to lowering our carbon emissions as part of the industry’s energy transition.

“Our decarbonisation efforts include implementing state-of-the-art efficiency-improving technologies on our newbuilds, preparing them for a zero-emissions future.”

Last month, Wärtsilä won a contract to supply power limitation solutions for six Eastaway Ship Management vessels.

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