Technology group Wärtsilä will supply its industry-leading hybrid propulsion system for eleven new Pure Car & Truck Carrier (PCTC) vessels. The vessels are being built at Jingling and Weihai shipyards in China for Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping, a leading tonnage supplier.

By opting for Wärtsilä’s hybrid solution, energy efficiency will be optimized and emissions minimized. Furthermore, the system effectively future proofs vessels as it has the built-in flexibility to adapt to future technological changes. These can take the form of alternative fuels, greater battery capacity, solar panels or a fuel cell, all of which can be easily integrated into the Wärtsilä system.

“Eastern Pacific Shipping is committed to reducing our carbon emissions as part of the industry’s energy transition. Our decarbonization efforts include implementing advanced efficiency-enhancing technologies on our new builds, preparing them for an emissions-free future. We are delighted to partner with Wärtsilä on this important project as they have a similar approach and outstanding experience in hybrid systems,” said Captain Nadim Prasad, Fleet Manager, Eastern Pacific Shipping.

The Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion system to be supplied will include in-line shaft generators, converters, an energy storage system and Wärtsilä’s unique and innovative energy management system to control hybrid operations.

Artist's rendering of an EPS dual-fuel LNG PCTC with Wärtsilä's hybrid propulsion system.

Artist’s rendering of an EPS dual-fuel LNG PCTC with Wärtsilä’s hybrid propulsion system.

“Electrification takes shipping an important step in the decarbonization journey,” says Christian Heinsohn, Managing Director, Global Sales Ship Electrification Solutions, Wärtsilä. “Wärtsilä has a leading market position in the supply of vessels equipped with hybrid propulsion systems, and we have been a pioneer in the successful supply of these systems for special and merchant vessels. This track record was clearly a major factor in the awarding of this very large series order of hybrid vessels.

The 200 meter long and 18,600 DWT vessels will be capable of carrying 7,000 cars. They should be delivered from 2024.
Source: Wärtsila