GEAR | Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) introduces new requirements for hybrid propulsion systems

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) as introduced new requirements for hybrid propulsion systems integrated into “Part XI Electrical Equipment” of the Rules for the Classification and Construction Of Sea-Going Ships by Circular letter No. 315-05-1362c.

The new requirements of the RS Rules provide RS customers with the advantages of an integrated approach to the approval of the technical documentation of hybrid systems and their components.

These systems feature a wide variety of propulsion plant configurations, design solutions and operation modes, and inevitably, a long list of associated equipment.

The combination of traditional internal combustion engine and electric propulsion properties in hybrid systems enable them optimise operation modes both on main and drive engines, expand engine service lives and reduce consumption of combustibles and lubricants.

“The industry strives to increase energy efficiency and to cut emissions. There’s a clear global trend for hybrid propulsion of new vessels,” noted Head of the RS Electrical Engineering and Automation Systems Department Vladimir Vikulin.

RS will apply the new requirements to hybrid propulsion during plan approval, ship survey and certification of equipment intended for ships contracted for construction or conversion on or after July 1, 2020.

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