The five-year agreement aims to the construction of a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid power systems.

The first steps of the work will be based on a hopper dredger, which already is part of the shipyard's builds. The partners will further evaluate the vessel to seek for the most ideal solution for that class of dredgers.

Wärtsilä will provide to Huangpu Wenchong its technology innovations, system selection, performance calculations, and long-term services, during the design and construction phases.

Henrik Wilhelms, Director Offshore and Special Vessels at Wärtsilä commented that

This is one more example of this philosophy, and we look forward to cooperating with Huangpu Wenchong to create hybrid powered vessels that will benefit the industry by lowering costs, and benefit the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Back in 2017, Wärtsilä and CSSC opened their new production facilities located at Lingang, Shanghai.

In addition, CSSC signed a strategic agreement with DNV GL, aiming to the development of future-proof solutions and competencies related to alternative fuels and environmentally friendly technologies.