Wärtsilä is set to deliver the world’s first hybrid retrofit installation for a short-sea vessel owned by Hagland Shipping, following an agreement inked in December 2018.

More progress is being made in vessels using hybrid power with ABS announcing that it will class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power.

Hybrid solutions are taking off, with Wärtsilä announcing it has sealed an order to supply two Wärtsilä HY 2 hybrid power modules for a new escort tug being built for the Swedish port of Luleå located on the Gulf of Bothnia in the northern end of the Baltic Sea.

Specialized vessels shipbuilder Vard Holdings is riding on the cutting edge of new technology with the sealing of a contract for the design and construction of what is believed to be the world’s first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with dual fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board.

Wartsila has completed the installation of a hybrid energy system onto Viking Princess, the world’s first offshore vessel to be equipped with battery technology to replace and reduce the use of traditional generators aboard the ship.

Color Line has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Ulstein Werft to build the world’s largest hybrid vessel.