UK ship-maker Wight Shipyard Company has unveiled its newly constructed hybrid vessel, which is expected to set a new benchmark in the patrol and pilot sectors.

The vessel will enable operators, including port and river authorities, police, MOD, and Royal Navy to strictly comply with new pollution regulations.

It is capable of running at variable speeds, while it can operate at low speed in heavily polluted areas and high speed when required.

The hybrid vessel also enables operators to cut fuel costs and engine maintenance as the main engines can be turned off for substantial periods of time.

WSC CEO Peter Morton said: “This ground-breaking project aims to set new standards in high-speed, fuel economy and lightweight vessels in the sector. Building greener vessels has been an integral focus for some time now so moving into hybrid options is the obvious next step forward.”

Designed by naval architect Chartwell Marine, the WSC vessel is the first in the new Chasewell range of pilot and patrol boats.

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The vessel has been designed and built in partnership with Andy Page, naval architect and managing director of Chartwell Marine.

Page claimed that the vessel has unique hybrid system architecture and an innovative new hull form that minimises drag and resistance throughout the speed range.

He also added that the hull form results from the extensive research undertaken by the team at Chartwell Marine into low-speed resistance, enabling efficient performance under diesel and electric propulsion.

“This ground-breaking project aims to set new standards in high-speed, fuel economy and lightweight vessels in the sector.”

Page added: “Ultimately, this hull form, optimised through extensive computational flow dynamics (CFD) testing, allows the operator to maximise time spent on electrical power, with substantial advantages when it comes to reducing total emissions.”

The hybrid system for the vessel is being provided by Marine and Industrial Transmissions Limited (MIT) as well as its manufacturing and technology partner Transfluid.

MIT’s proven system was chosen to form part of the Chasewell power train.