Wärtsilä signed a strategic development agreement with Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC at Marintec in Shanghai
In the five-year agreement the companies aim to build a co-operation framework and working mechanism for researching and developing hybrid power systems.
The agreement is aimed at jointly developing a hybrid-powered dredger but could extend to other hybrid vessels, as well.
Wärtsilä will support Huangpu Wenchong during the design and construction phases with technology innovations, system selection and performance calculations.
Wärstilä director offshore and special vessels Henrik Williams said collaborating with partners in the industry was at the very core of the company’s approach to raising efficiency.
“This is one more example of this philosophy, and we look forward to co-operating with Huangpu Wenchong to create hybrid-powered vessels that will benefit the industry by lowering costs,” he said.
CSSC Huangpu Wenchong chief engineer Li Dong said “We are very happy to be co-operating in this project with Wärtsilä, a proven technology innovator and industry leader in hybrid solutions for the marine industry.”
The initial work will be based on a hopper dredger, a vessel the shipyard already builds. Evaluations will be carried out to determine the most suitable hybrid solution for that class of dredger.