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Kongsberg wins contracts for nine hybrid ro-ro vessels

Artist's impression of the Grimaldi Green Fifth Generation

Kongsberg will supply large battery systems and energy management systems

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded contracts with China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co. to deliver power and hybrid systems to nine roll on-roll off (ro-ro) vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group, Italy.

The contracts are valued at more than 400 million Norwegian kroner (US$47.3 million) and include an option for three additional vessels increasing the total value to more than 500 million kroner (US$59.2 million).

Due for delivery from 2020, the advanced new vessels will be 238 metres long, with a beam of 34 metres and gross tonnage of 64,000 tonnes. Nine vessels will be able to transport over 7,800 linear metres of rolling units, equivalent to about 500 trailers. The contract includes an option for three additional vessels (a capacity of 5,800 linear metres of rolling units).

The contract scope for the vessels, which are known as the Grimaldi Green Fifth Generation, includes supply and integration of large battery systems, shaft generators, frequency converters and energy management systems. Deliveries will start mid-2019 and are expected to be completed within 2022.

“This delivery represents introduction of new technology into this market segment. The contract shows that our concepts for hybrid vessels are expanding into new vessel types and positions Kongsberg as a leading provider of hybrid technology in the offshore and marine vessel segments,” said Kongsberg Maritime EVP for global sales and marketing Stene Førsund.

“Our hybrid solutions deliver tangible benefits. Vessels will have zero emissions while in port, reduced overall fuel consumption by utilising our peak shaving technology, while the batteries will be charged at sea by using the shaft generators.”

“We are very pleased that we can supply such a large scope of both in-house and procured technology,” said Kongsberg maritime president Egil Haugsdal. “The competition is strong and we are delighted to have secured these contracts as they strengthen our market position for hybrid vessels. The project will be executed with resources both in Norway and China.”

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