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Wärtsilä HYTug Meets Environmental Demands for New Brazilian Port



The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Petrocity, the parent company of the new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus-ES, to develop a harbour tug design. The prime consideration is to maximise the ecological operational sustainability of the vessel since the environmental demands of the new port are among the most stringent in the world. For this reason, the design will be based on the recently launched Wärtsilä HYTug, which features hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries.
The Wärtsilä HYTug emphasises environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and lower fuel consumption than is possible with conventional tug designs. The ‘first-of-its-kind’ fully integrated hybrid power module combines engines, the energy storage system, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). It marks a new frontier in marine hybrid propulsion.
The fuel efficiency of this design has the added benefit of reducing exhaust emission levels. Furthermore, when operating in ‘green’ mode, it is unlikely that there will be any visible smoke from the Wärtsilä HYTug since the load is being picked-up by the batteries. At the same time, the noise level of the tug will be notably reduced.
“The Wärtsilä HYTug will change the landscape of the tugboat market as battery usage significantly increases environmental sustainability and operational efficiency, while at the same time greatly reducing operating costs. It represents further evidence of Wärtsilä’s leadership position in sustainable and energy efficient technologies,” says Marine Solutions' Sales Manager, Mário Barbosa. 
“Green port operations are completely aligned with Petrocity’s corporate philosophy and values. We look forward to working with Wärtsilä in developing the kind of harbour tug that meets the criteria that have been established for this project. This will be the first of many others in a huge logistics project which aims at the regional integration of the Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and Bahia states. It represents a definitive guarantee of the interiorization of the economy in the north of Espírito Santo,” says Mr José Roberto, CEO Petrocity.
The new hybrid vessel features a very distinctive outlook while providing the power and manoeuvrability for practical tug operations. The overall design has been optimised for low hull resistance, high towing and escort performance, efficient sea-keeping, crew safety and comfort, as well as for easy maintenance.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.wartsila.com

Facing up to the reality of a much smarter marine future

The shipping industry is not going to be (and should not want to be) spared an increasingly inter-connected future. New technologies that were considered completely unachievable just a few years ago are rapidly being introduced, creating new levels of efficiency and cost savings that are influencing the future of shipping. We at Wärtsilä have committed ourselves to being at the forefront of these changes.
By utilising high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, we intend to lead the way to a Smart Marine Ecosystem. We are building upon our broad product and service solutions base to support innovation, while collaborating with customers and partners, including ship owners, ship management companies, ports, bunker suppliers, and software or technology providers, among others in order to realise this vision.
To support this approach we have, among other initiatives, developed Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC) to speed up the innovation process and to work with customers in co-creating new business models and solutions. One DAC is already established in Helsinki, Finland, with another scheduled to be opened in Singapore before the end of the year. We plan to open two more in 2018; one in Central Europe, the other in North America.
The results of this work are already apparent. In August, in cooperation with our customer Gulfmark Offshore, we successfully tested the remote controlling of the ‘Highland Chieftain’, an 80-metre long platform supply vessel owned by Gulfmark Offshore. This was carried out by satellite from a distance of 8000 kilometres using standard bandwidth, and without the use of any land-based technology for communications between the vessel and the remote operator work station. Remarkably, the vessel was sailing off the east coast of Scotland, while it was being remotely operated from Wärtsilä premises in San Diego, California.
While complete ship autonomy is unlikely to be fully in use for a while yet, hybrid propulsion using a combination of engines and battery storage is already established and becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that hybrid propulsion solutions will represent a significant percentage of all contracted ships within the coming ten years.
By leveraging our strengths in both engine design and electrical & automation systems, we have launched a fully integrated hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY, optimised to work seamlessly through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). Notably, it is the marine industry’s first hybrid power module of its type produced, thereby establishing a new industry benchmark.
No innovation can succeed without clear benefits to its end user, and we are proud that the Wärtsilä HY provides many of them. For example, we can identify lower fuel consumption, reduced exhaust emissions, and improved vessel performance. When operating in ‘green’ mode, zero emissions can be achieved, while smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes, thanks to a patent pending automation procedure.
We passionately believe in a better connected, more efficient and environmentally sustainable shipping industry, made possible by a Smart Marine Ecosystem – join us on this journey and stay tuned for more exciting developments.


VIDEO: World first conversion takes LNG-fueled OSV hybrid


Energy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled enginesEnergy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled engines
OCTOBER 13, 2017 — Eidesvik Offshore's Viking Princess has become the world's first offshore vessel to use battery power to reduce the number of generators on board. The five year old Norwegian vessel now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fueled Wärtsilä engines.
The vessel's newWärtsilä energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines. The technology is similar to that used in hybrid cars: it prevents the engine load from dipping, and uses the surplus to re-energize the battery, which can be charged as needed.
Wärtsilä's remote monitoring and operational advisory services support the daily operation of the vessel, ensuring efficient and optimized operations.
The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9.
There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable. When using the Wärtsilä installed energy storage system on board Viking Princess, the fuel saving potential can be up to 30 percent in various operations and CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to approximately 13–18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.
Additionally, the hybrid solution will provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.

The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.
PARTNERSHIP
"Eidesvik and Wärtsilä's partnership dates back to 2003 when our ship, the Viking Energy became the first offshore supply vessel powered by LNG fuel. Now, together, we are again introducing a world's first, with the Viking Princess becoming the first offshore vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. We are grateful to Wärtsilä for providing the technology to make this possible," says Vermund Hjelland, President Technical Department, Eidesvik Offshore.
"This is a truly forward-looking solution, and we congratulate Eidesvik Offshore for having the vision to appreciate the benefits that hybrid energy system offers. In addition to the fuel consumption and environmental advantages, the conversion also reduces maintenance costs and contributes to more efficient operations. The success of this project will impact the future of the entire shipping industry," says Sindre Utne, Manager Projects and Operations, Wärtsilä Norway. "Wärtsilä's advantage lies at the most advanced level of integration related to hybrid technology for marine applications. It is a combination of expertise in both engines and electrical and automation systems, as well as digital solutions."


Wärtsilä launches new hybrid power module

A typical system arrangement with the Wärtsilä HY for a tugboat application, in diesel-mechanical configuration with shaft motor/generator

MAY 31, 2017 — Leveraging its technical strengths in both engine design and electrical & automation (E&A) systems, Wärtsilä has launched a fully integrated hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY.
Wärtsilä has already won its first contract for the system, it was signed at the Norshipping event yesterday by Italy's Rimorchiatori Riuniti, the biggest owner and operator of tugs in the Mediterranean Sea region, and is for a unit that will provide the power for a new 80 TBP (tons bollard pull) harbor tug,
The marine industry's first hybrid power module of its kind, the Wärtsilä HY combines engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics optimized to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS).
There is a notable trend in the marine sector towards hybrid propulsion solutions, which are anticipated to represent a significant percentage of all contracted vessels within the coming ten years. The new Wärtsilä EMS represents the latest generation integrated control system, and has been specifically designed for this application. It creates an outstanding means of interaction with the ship's onboard systems.
The Wärtsilä HY will provide a wide range of customer benefits through increased operational efficiency and flexibility, resulting in lower fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved vessel performance.
When operating in "Green Mode," zero emissions can be achieved. Smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes, thanks to a new patent pending automation procedure. Furthermore, the reduction in engine operating hours lowers maintenance requirements and extends the intervals between overhauls. The Wärtsilä HY ensures that the overall vessel performance is greatly improved compared to operating on conventional machinery solutions or hybrid solutions, while the higher level of redundancy promotes increased safety. Other benefits include instantaneous load acceptance with rapid response to step-load changes, entire system certification and guaranteed performance.
Classification society Lloyds Register (LR) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate for the Wärtsilä HY. The certificate is based on technical material and safety analyses, concerning normal operation of the system and a presentation of risk scenarios. In effect it means that the system design as examined can be expected to be granted full class approvalfor actual projects.
"LR is proud to issue an Approval in Principle certificate to the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module," said LR Marine & Offshore Director, Nick Brown. "LR, like Wärtsilä, is committed to tackling the big challenges facing the industry, especially those environmental challenges related to carbon emissions. LR is focused on supporting the safe and effective introduction of new technologies offering the potential solutions, and hybrid technology is one of those."
"Wärtsilä's unmatched product portfolio and broad range of in-house capabilities and expertise enables us to develop products such as the Wärtsilä HY, which combines technologies from different fields," says Giulio Tirelli, Director, Marine Engineering, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. "This development opens the door to a new era of marine technology that would have been unimaginable until very recently. It endorses Wärtsilä's leadership in front-end innovation providing unrivaled benefits to our customers and partners
The Wärtsilä HY will have dedicated versions for each category of vessels. While the first versions being made available will be designed for tugs and medium sized ferries. Wärtsilä also sees big potential in other types of vessels as well. This is the first launch of a new product of this type where each individual version is dedicated to a specific market to secure an optimal fit to the requirements of the specific application.