BAE Systems to supply power, propulsion to electric hybrid vessel

BAE Systems has been selected by Chartwell Marine to supply the electric hybrid power and propulsion system for a new maritime research vessel for the University of Vermont.

As part of the contract, BAE Systems will supply and integrate the hybrid system, working with the vessel’s builder, Derecktor Shipyard.

BAE Systems’ HybriGen Power and Propulsion system will help to reduce the carbon emissions and fuel consumption of the vessel, which will serve as a floating classroom and lab for students at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources conducting research on Lake Champlain.

As previously reported by, the 19-metre catamaran, which will be capable of low-emission and low-fuel-burn operations, is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

‘Using green energy to power transportation in the water is an essential part of establishing cleaner waterways and harbours in places where we live, work, and visit,’ said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems. ‘This proven and reliable technology will create a new and sustainable way for the University of Vermont to conduct its critical research.’

The fully integrated HybriGen Power and Propulsion system includes electric motors, variable speed generators, battery-based energy storage system, and vessel auxiliary power with shore power charging. The technology creates a clean form of power and propulsion for the vessel and its auxiliary power needs such as heat, air conditioning, lighting, and working deck gear.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry