Marfin to retrofit bulker with Wärtsilä hybrid technology

Written by Nick Blenkey
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M/V Paolo Topic

In another world first for Wärtsilä, a 60,000 dwt bulker is to be converted to hybrid operation.

The ship, the M/V Paolo Topic, delivered by Japanese shipbuilder Onomichi Dockyard in 2016 is managed by Marfin Management S.A.M.

Under a project agreement signed July 8 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY, will ensure the seamless integration and control of the technologies to be installed with the ship’s various existing power production systems.


A dedicated Energy Management System (EMS) will have overall control of the engines, batteries, power distribution and, for the first time in the maritime industry, solar panels are to be installed on the weather deck.

“This new technology development, utilizing a combination of engines, solar power and batteries, represents a milestone for the industry and is made possible by the Wärtsilä HY integration,” says Giulio Tirelli, Director at Wärtsilä Marine Business. “Thanks to the fully integrated solution, we are able to raise the bar in terms of economic competitiveness and environmental performance.”


The integrated solution is expected to deliver a drastic reduction in fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

This, combined with an advanced level of environmental sustainability, will, says Wärtsilä, make the Paolo Topic the “global fleet’s most technologically advanced bulk carrier.” Furthermore, operational stability and increased efficiency will be ensured in all operating conditions, including loading and unloading.

“We are pleased to have found like-minded partners to bring new technology and innovative thinking onboard to help improve our environmental performance and leading the way towards a more sustainable future. We will be able to provide our customers and partners with the most advanced vessel performance and environmental quality without compromising on operational effectiveness and flexibility,” says Alex Albertini, CEO at Marfin Management.

The new integrated Wärtsilä hybrid solution includes a combination of engines, solar panels and batteries.
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