Marine technology firm Wartsila has signed a contract with Norwegian shipping firm Eidesvik to supply hybrid technologies for Viking Neptun construction vessel.

According to the contract, the company will engineer, deliver and commission a hybrid propulsion system for the Eidesvik’s offshore vessel.

Wartsila will supply two 870kW/h battery packs and two 2.7MW drives for the hybrid system pre-installed in containers.

The company will modernise the existing switchboard and the integrated automation, as well as power management systems. The project is expected to be finalised within six months.

Wartsila Marine Nordics and Baltics service unit sales leader Cato Esperø said: “Wartsila continues to lead the industry’s technological transformation into a new era of greater efficiency and more sustainable operations.

“Our hybrid solutions are well established and proven, and this latest project order is a further endorsement of our competences in this field.”

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Constructed in 2015, the 15,900dwt Viking Neptun currently runs on Wartsila engines and Wartsila’s Low Loss Concept (LLC) electrical systems.

The shipping firm has decided to upgrade its vessel with Wartsila’s battery hybrid solution. It will allow the vessel to use a single generator set and batteries during dynamic positioning (DP) operations.

The hybrid solution will not only boost operational efficiency and environmental performance but also will enable Eidesvik to reduce maintenance and fuel costs.

Eidesvik technology and development vice-president Vermund Hjelland said: “It is very important to our company that we play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, which is why we give a high level of priority to sustainable operations for our fleet.

“We have worked closely with Wartsila for many years and we were comfortable with again selecting them for this hybrid upgrade project.”

Recently, Wartsila delivered advanced technology simulators that were installed at a new maritime training facility in Portugal.

A few weeks ago, Wartsila secured a contract from Finnish ferry company Wasaline to supply the Nacos Platinum navigation and communication system.