By 2018, the first vessels equipped with the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module will start operating in the Port of Genoa. Italian tug operator Rimorchiatori Riuniti was first in line to acquire the innovative, green propulsion technology.
Fittingly, the contract was signed on 30 May, at the 2017 Nor-Shipping trade fair in Norway. The focus of the entire event was ‘Disruptive Sustainability’ – how the shipping industry must ‘disrupt’ or ‘be disrupted’, i.e. be proactive, not just sit around and wait for the inevitable, say, stricter environmental demands. By signing the Wärtsilä HY contract, Rimorchiatori Riuniti has displayed its ability to disrupt.
“As the biggest tug operator in Italy, and in the Mediterranean, we have an obligation to explore new opportunities and invest in new technology to make our business greener,” explains a smiling Giacomo Gavarone, head of the Chartering Department at Rimorchiatori Riuniti, after signing the historic contract.
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