Wartsila & CBO Hybrid Vessel Upgrade Project in Latin America

Wartsila & CBO Hybrid Vessel Upgrade Project in Latin America

The technology group Wartsila and Brazil’s leading operators of offshore support vessels CBO have recently signed an agreement to convert a vessel

from CBO’s fleet to operate with hybrid propulsion. The CBO Flamengo will be the first vessel in Latin America to be fitted with a battery pack for hybrid propulsion, which will improve the vessel’s energy consumption and reduce its carbon footprint. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in October 2020.

The Wärtsilä Hybrid Solution to be installed on the CBO Flamengo, a platform supply vessel, complies with the DNV-GL’s Battery Power class notation, allowing the ship’s engines to run more efficiently by operating safely with fewer engines at a higher load. The hybrid system will provide redundancy power and reduce intermittent load increases (peak shaving), thereby saving fuel and reducing exhaust emission levels. Furthermore, because the engines will operate for fewer running hours, maintenance requirements and costs will be reduced.

The scope includes the power conversion, project services, the hybrid solution delivery, and commissioning. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for April 2021. Installation and integration of the equipment will be handled by CBO.

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