Finnlines has selected a hybrid system for three roro ferries being built in China
Wärtsilä will supply its hybrid power conversion system for three new roro ferries being built at the Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China for Finnlines, part of the Italian Grimaldi Group. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q4 2019.
The hybrid solution, which includes a 5,000-kWh energy storage system, will enable these ships to operate with zero emissions while in port, and to meet the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) Green Plus class notation. They will also have Ice Class classification 1A Super.
“Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach to technology development aims at delivering highly efficient solutions with minimal impact on the environment. This order is one more example of how we turn this approach into practical and reliable reality,” said Finnlines head of newbuilding department Mikael Lindholm.
“These new ferries will be among the most environmentally sustainable ships of their type. Finnlines is a frontrunner in the development of hybrid power ships, of marine battery packs and of energy management systems. By investing in research and development and by teaming with its suppliers, Finnlines aims to meet all the ambitious environmental targets set by the IMO and by the international community for shipping,” said Finnlines chief executive Emanuele Grimaldi.
Wärtsilä’s equipment, which also includes in-line shaft generators, power take off/take in converters and transformers, is scheduled for delivery to the yard in H2 2020. The 238-m long vessels will serve Finnlines’ routes.