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The CBO Flamengo, operated by Brazilian offshore support vessel company CBO, will be the first vessel in Latin America to be equipped with a hybrid pack for hybrid propulsion.

The order was awarded to Wärtsilä in October.

The Wärtsilä Hybrid Solution to be installed on the CBO Flamengo, a platform supply vessel (PSV), 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.

‘CBO is always interested in new technologies and innovation is in our DNA. We seek less fossil fuel consumption and this, aligned with our ESG (environmental and social governance) initiatives, makes the decision to install batteries in our vessels a natural path,’ said Marcelo Martins, Technical and Commercial Director at CBO.

‘CBO will offer more efficient operation to our clients, and this will be the first step of more to come. Wärtsilä is a leader in innovation and has extensive know-how in hybrid battery systems for ships, so we are pleased to join forces with Wärtsilä to implement new technologies into CBO’s fleet.’

The scope of the contract 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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