Friday, January 28, 2022

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Gao Dehui, CEO at SDTR and Pier Carazzai, ABS Vice President, Pacific Regional Business Development. (Photo: ABS)

New Methanol-fueled Bulker Design Unveiled

An innovative methanol-fueled bulk carrier has been designed in a joint development project (JDP) between ABS, SDTR Marine Pte Ltd. (SDTR) and the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI).SDTR supplied key operational data and SDARI developed the design with ABS support and review. ABS also provided an analysis of methanol as fuel market outlook, including a vessel performance evaluation in various operating scenarios including under the European Union Emissions Trading System (Fuel EU…

A vessel being built for Van Oord at Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard will be powered by five Wärtsilä 32 engines. Credit:  Van Oord

Wärtsilä to Supply Methanol-fueled Engines for Van Oord's Offshore Wind Installation Vessel

Five Wärtsilä 32 engines capable of operating with methanol will power a new Offshore Wind Installation Vessel (WIV) being built for Dutch contracting company Van Oord at Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in China, in what is the first such order for the Finland-based marine engine and equipment maker.Dutch marine and offshore services company Van Oord in October 2021 ordered the jack-up for offshore wind turbine installation. The vessel will be able to install next-generation wind turbines of up to 20MW.

Schottel was selected to supply main and auxiliary propulsion systems for an 8,000 cbm LNG bunkering vessel which is under construction at Chinese Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard, Photo courtesy Schottel

Italian LNG Bunker Ship Gets Schottel Propulsion

Schottel was selected to supply main and auxiliary propulsion systems for an 8,000 cbm LNG bunkering vessel. Currently under construction at Chinese Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard, it is the first LNG bunkering vessel ordered by Italy-based shipping group Fratelli Cosulich. After its delivery in summer 2023, the 5,300-dwt-vessel is intended to serve customers in the Mediterranean region.“Developing the LNG infrastructure is a key area for us, and we…

The 35-foot Solar Hybrid Electric Wheelchair Accessible Catamaran built by the author for his wife who became wheelchair bound a few years ago. Photo courtesy Rik van Hemmen

Eye on Design: Repair and Conversion Conundrums in Hybrid Propulsion

I recently built a 35 foot Solar Hybrid Electric Wheelchair Accessible Catamaran for my wife who became wheelchair bound a few years ago. (In typing this sentence, I just realized that this vessel can be referred to as a SHEWAC)It is only a 35 foot recreational vessel, but it contains all the propulsion pieces that are found in any other modern hybrid propelled vessel.I have operated the vessel for one summer and have learned a lot of things that I had not considered when I first conceived her.Fortunately…

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New Wind-assisted River Cargo Ship Design Unveiled

Ship design and engineering firm Conoship International Projects said it has developed a new 3,600 dwt general cargo vessel suited for sea-river operations, which it says will provide major fuel savings and environmental advantages. Equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system, enlarged propeller in combination with a ConoDuctTail and optimized hull lines, its fuel consumption will be best in class, especially in wind and waves. The design is also ready for wind-assisted propulsion…

Stadt Naval power modules. Image courtesy Stadt

Stadt Naval Partners in Development of Modular Multirole Patrol Corvettes

Stadt Naval was invited and approved as a partner in the European Naval Industry Consortium led by Fincantieri, Naval Group and Navantia (coordinated by NAVIRIS). The consortium submitted a proposal to the European Defence Fund (EDF) for the MMPC-call earlier this month.The Consortium aims to maximize synergies and collaboration between European shipbuilding companies and suppliers, through conceptual studies and a design-phase, aiming to develop a modular, flexible, energy-efficient…

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Solstad Offshore Gets Grant to Cut Offshore Vessel Emissions

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore ASA has received an 87 million crowns (~$9.79 million) grant from Innovation Norway to reduce emissions from its fleet.Including the funds from Innovation Norway, the company plans to invest investing more than 300 MNOK ($33.73 million) in battery hybrid conversion projects. Solstad Offshore is planning for a 50% global fleet emission reduction by 2030, with eleven vessels planned to be upgraded over the next three years. The vessels will undergo battery hybrid conversions and will be able to connect to shore power in ports and harbors.

he compact and containerised Wärtsilä HY Module for Bulkers installed on board the M/V Paolo Topic. © Marfin

Wärtsilä Installs 'Unique' Hybrid Power System on Paolo Topic Bulk Carrier

Finland-based marine tech group Wärtsilä said Tuesday it had installed and commissioned a unique hybrid power system combined with a PV solar energy system in collaboration with Marfin Management and Solbian, onboard the Paolo Topic bulk carrier.Wartsila said that the new features make the Paolo Topic "one of the most technologically advanced vessel of its type in the global fleet."The Paolo Topic is a bulk carrier built in 2016 at the Onomichi Dockyard in Japan and managed by Marfin Management S.A.M.The innovative…

Seong Hun Kim, ABS Director, Korea Business Development presents the AIP to Tae-Hyun Koh, K Shipbuilding Chief Technology Officer. (Photo: ABS)

ABS Grants AIP for K Shipbuilding’s Methanol-ready Design

A methanol fuel-ready medium range tanker design by K Shipbuilding has received approval in principle (AIP) from ABS.The AIP is the culmination of a five-month joint development project between ABS and K Shipbuilding evaluating a range of aspects including storage, bunkering and issues caused by methanol’s corrosive properties.The basic design was reviewed in accordance with the principles of the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels. When built, the vessel…

Conceptual Graphic Image of ROBOSHIP. Image courtesy e5 Lab, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.

e5 Lab, Mitsubishi Team to design ROBOSHIP Biomass Fuel Carrier

Japan's e5 Lab Inc. and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., will provide the design for “ROBOSHIP,” a standard hybrid electric propulsion vessel the two companies are seeking to promote as a vision for the future of ships, for a 499-ton biomass fuel carrier being built by Honda Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.ROBOSHIP will be designed to use a standard system package comprising the hardware for electric propulsion, including propellers, motors, switchboards, storage batteries, and generators…

Volvo Penta and Danfoss’ Editron division have signed a partnership agreement that will drive the transformation towards sustainable power solutions within the marine industry. Photo courtesy Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, Danfoss Power Solutions Partner on Marine Electrification

Volvo Penta and Danfoss’ Editron division have signed a partnership agreement that will drive the transformation towards sustainable power solutions within the marine industry.Volvo Penta and Danfoss' Editron division announced a partnership agreement to take the industry’s electromobility development to the 'next level.'“We’re excited to officially join forces with Volvo Penta,” says Kimmo Rauma, vice president of Danfoss’ Editron division. “Ultimately, we want to create a sustainable solution and find the ideal fit for the market.

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TECH FILE: RIX Showcases "On-Vessel Hydrogen-on-Demand"

RIX Industries is advocating on-vessel hydrogen-on-demand as the key to building momentum in decarbonization for the maritime industry. According to the company, which presented recently at an industry exhibition in New Orleans, its solution eliminates the complexities of high-pressure gas or cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage, hydrogen-on-demand transforms methanol to feed fuel cells as needed in a self-contained, small footprint system. “To capitalize on hydrogen’s promise as an on-vessel source of power…

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X-Press Feeders Orders Eight Dual-fuel Methanol-powered Containerships

Eastaway, a subsidiary of Singapore-based X-Press Feeders Group, has ordered eight dual-fuel, methanol-powered containerships.The order, which was reportedly placed with Chinese shipyards, includes options for additional ships. The first of the new 1,170 TEU vessels will be delivered in late 2023, and all ships are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2024. .X-Press Feeders said it will operate the ships in its Europe and America trade routes.The new containerships have been designed by naval architects TECHNOLOG Servies GmbH.

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NYK, ABS, WinGD Working on Battery-Hybrid System to Cut GHG Emissions from Ships

NYK and NYK Group company MTI Co., Ltd. (“MTI”), together with the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. ("WinGD"), have started joint research for optimization of ship design by utilizing a battery-hybrid system to aid ship propulsion and thus reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from vessels.A vessel’s main-engine revolutions may increase significantly when a vessel tries to maintain its sailing speed during strong waves and winds.This phenomenon is called “load fluctuation.” The shaft generator may also increase the burden on the main engine.

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Volvo Penta to Power Hurtigruten Hybrid Vessel

Hurtigruten Svalbard said it has teamed up with Volvo Penta to test a new hybrid vessel that will allow guests to experience the wonders of the Arctic archipelago without disturbing the habitat around them.The near-silent, Marell M15 cruiser called Kvitbjørn (polar bear in English) will allow for fully electric operation in the environmentally sensitive waters around Svalbard, which is hugely popular with nature-loving adventure travelers. Hurtigruten Svalbard plans to test the…

MBB & RAL rendering of new ElectRA 3000-H battery hybrid tugboat design. (Image: MBB)

New Battery Hybrid Tugboat Design Unveiled

Master Boat Builders, Inc. (MBB), together with naval architect and marine engineering firm, Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) announced the creation of a new battery hybrid tugboat design, the ElectRA 3000-H. This design has been developed over the past several months to suit the evolving needs of U.S. tugboat operators.“This unique hybrid tugboat design is the result of a strong and growing working relationship between Robert Allan Ltd. and Master Boat Builders and it builds upon our…

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BAE Systems Debuts Next-gen Boat Propulsion System

BAE Systems launched its next-generation power and propulsion system for the marine market: the HybriGen Power and Propulsion system. According to the company, the system uses smaller and lighter components with modular accessory power system (MAPS) and modular power control system (MPCS) that allow for a scalable, tailor-made solution to fit the specific power and propulsion requirements of a range of vessels, from sailboats and tugs to passenger ferries.“Using a modular design…

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Wärtsilä to Launch Two-stroke Future Fuels Conversion Platform

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä said it is set to launch a new engine combustion technology platform designed to enable the "fast and cost-effective" conversion of two-stroke main engines to operate on clean-burning future fuels.The company's Two-Stroke Future Fuels Conversion platform is due for commercial launch during the first quarter of 2022, as the maritime industry continues to work toward decarbonized shipping operations.The retrofit conversion will initially enable operation with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel…

Seabulk hybrid tugboat Spartan being launched at MBB’s Coden, Ala. shipyard (Photo: Master Boat Builders)

Master Boat Builders Launches Hybrid Tug for Seabulk

Seabulk's new electric-hybrid tugboat Spartan was launched on November 1 at Master Boat Builders' Coden, Ala., shipyard.Scheduled to be delivered in January 2022, the Robert Allan Ltd.-designed vessel has overall length of 98 feet, beam of 43 feet and bollard pull of 90 tons. The integrated hybrid propulsion system was provided by Thompson Tractor and includes two EPA Tier 4 certified Caterpillar 3512E main engines, each producing 2,550 horsepower and two Berg MTA 628 azimuth thrusters…

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Berg Partners with Yaskawa in Electric Propulsion Drive

Berg Propulsion has signed a key supplier and cooperation agreement to provide systems integration capability for Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch permanent magnet (PM) and power electronics products. The cooperation creates a new and combined force offering the robustness and efficiency of propulsion systems where electric motors directly drive the propeller shaft, consolidating Berg’s growing presence in electric propulsion.“This is the latest step in Berg’s strategy to become a fully-fledged electrical propulsion systems integrator,” said Stefan Sedersten, CEO, Berg Propulsion.

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SCHOTTEL Supplies EcoPellers for Hybrid-electric Ferry Altera

The latest addition to FinFerries’ fleet, the ferry Altera, features high-efficiency azimuth thrusters from SCHOTTEL. The electrically powered hybrid ferry, which is scheduled to enter operation in 2023, is currently under construction at the Polish shipyard Crist. Altera will be able to sail solely on battery power charging its batteries with renewable electricity.Altera measures 100 meters in length and 17 meters in width. The ferry provides space for up to 90 cars and a maximum…

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Maersk's Svitzer to Develop Methanol Fuel Cell Tug

A.P. Moller - Maersk’s towage operator Svitzer has signed an agreement with naval architect company Robert Allan Ltd to design the world’s first fuel cell tug for harbor operations, running on green methanol.The project aims to explore the combination of methanol fuel cells, batteries, storage/handling systems, electric drives and propulsion units as a carbon neutral alternative to the conventional fossil fueled propulsion train.Ingrid Uppelschoten Snelderwaard, Global COO, Svitzer…

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Kotug to Install Shift's PwrSwäp Batteries

KOTUG International B.V. and Shift Clean Energy announced the formation of a partnership to use Shift’s new PwrSwäp clean energy service—which uses swappable batteries on a pay-as-you-go basis—on KOTUG’s E-Pusher vessels.The signing of the MoU coincides with COP26 in Glasgow, where reducing global greenhouse gases (GHGs) is at the top of the agenda. The combined services support the maritime industry in reaching this goal today, without requiring any upfront capital costs and at competitive rates, the partners said.Shift’s technologies provide a ready to market pay-as-you-go service.

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Scandlines Orders Zero-emissions Ferry from Cemre

Denmark-headquartered Scandlines said it has entered into a contract with Turkey's Cemre Shipyard to build an emissions-free freight ferry for the Puttgarden-Rødby route. The ferry will enter service in 2024.With a crossing time of one hour, the ferry is emissions free. It can also be operated as a hybrid ferry like the current passenger ferries on the Scandlines routes between Germany and Denmark. As a hybrid ferry, the crossing time is 45 minutes.Initially, the ferry will exclusively charge in Rødby.

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First Methanol Dual-fuel Tanker Launched for Proman Stena Bulk

The first in a series of three new 49,900 dwt methanol dual-fuel MR tankers has been launched for a joint venture between Proman and Stena Bulk.Stena Pro Patria’s launching took place at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), which is the first Chinese shipyard to build a Methanol Dual-Fuel vessel.Construction will now continue on the water, ahead of sea trials and final delivery in the first quarter of 2022.Over the next two years, she will be joined by another five methanol-powered newbuilds: Stena Pro Mare and Stena Prosperous…

Four new 80-ton bollard pull tugboats being built by Detroit Brasil, Ltda. will be operated by Starnav Servicos Maritimos Ltda. (Photo: Detroit Brasil Shipyard)

Rolls-Royce to Supply mtu Engines for Four Hybrid Tugs in Brazil

Rolls-Royce announced it has secured a contract to supply eight of its mtu 16V 4000 M65L engines for four 80-ton bollard pull tugboats to be built by Detroit Brasil, Ltda. and operated by Starnav Servicos Maritimos Ltda. The new tugs will feature a hybrid propulsion system, combining the mtu engines and mtu Blue Vision New Generation (BVNG) monitoring system with Z-drive thrusters, hybrid components and controls from Schottel, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems…

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SeaBubbles Selects Spear’s Trident Battery Solution

U.S.-based Spear Power Systems said it will provide its Trident marine battery systems for SeaBubbles' 100% electric, hybrid hydrogen and batteries flying boats. The first-of-its-kind water vehicle designed by France-based manufacturer SeaBubbles has been developed to help alleviate heavy congestion in cities close to bodies of water.The SeaBubbles flying boats have already completed test runs in Geneva, Paris and the Mediterranean basin, and have subsequently been chosen to receive funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Simon Møkster, Wärtsilä to Test Ammonia and LNG Dual-fuel Ops on Offshore Vessels

Norway-based offshore vessel owner Simon Møkster Shipping has signed a collaboration agreement will Finland-based maritime engine and equipment maker Wärtsilä to carry out a feasibility study on utilizing ammonia as the main fuel in dual-fuel engines where LNG is the alternative fuel.The goal is to show that adapting offshore support vessels for dual ammonia – LNG operation is feasible and that it can be done safely and efficiently."We are excited to join Wärtsilä in this project.

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'Emission-free' Swedish Ferry to Sport Battery, Hydogen-based Fuel Cell Power

Echandia secures order for the world's first emission-free high-speed catamaran – planned for commercial traffic in StockholmStockholm-based Echandia  signed an agreement to supply what is touted as the 'world's first' emission-free high-speed catamaran with an integrated battery and hydrogen-based fuel cell system for Green City Ferries AB, a ferry planned for commercial traffic in Stockholm. The installation is scheduled to take place in the autumn of 2022 and the agreement is worth approximately $1.6m for Echandia.The agreement is for the Beluga24 model ferry…

Siem Pride - Credit: Wärtsilä

Siem Offshore's PSV to Feature Wärtsilä Energy-saving Hybrid Propulsion

Finland-based marine equipment and technology provider Wärtsilä will upgrade Siem Offshore's platform supply vessel ‘Siem Pride’ for hybrid engine and battery propulsion. The upgrade will enable the vessel to reduce the number of engines in use during operations and lower its energy and fuel consumption. "Central to the conversion will be the Wärtsilä HY Module, which is a containerized solution on the deck of the vessel," Wartsila said.The energy management system acts as the overall brain for the system, and creates a high level of interaction with the ship’s other onboard systems.

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Vard Electro Batteries for Siem Offshore's Subsea Construction Vessel

Vard Electro will deliver its largest battery package to date as part of a vessel retrofit deal with the Norwegian offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore.The contract covers Vard Electro’s SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) with two battery packs and a DC link, which will be installed in the first quarter of 2022 on one of Siem Offshore’s subsea construction vessels lined up for work in the wind sector.The system will enable the vessel to operate in fully electric mode with zero emissions while maneuvering in the harbor or other restricted areas and will deliver estimated fuel savings of up to 20%…

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NYK and Partners to Develop Ammonia-fueled Vessels

Japan's Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and its partners said on Tuesday they will conduct a demonstration project to develop commercial vessels equipped with ammonia-fueled engines to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions to tackle climate change.The shipping industry is examining a range of technologies as it looks to meet a target set by the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions from ships from 2008 levels by 50% by 2050.Ammonia is used in making fertilizer and industrial materials, but is also seen as a potential future energy source, along with h

Wind Propulsion Conference Set for Webb Institute

What: Natural Propulsion in Ship DesignWhen: November 16, 2021Where: Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY (broadcast live)Hosts: Webb Institute, Marin Institute, and Wind Support NYCA new conference on the use of natural propulsion in the global shipping industry will take place in New York on November 16, 2021, hosted by Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY, and broadcast live.The conference aims to introduce to the audience the design of hybrid merchant ships capable of harnessing free and renewable energies available onboard – wind…

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Stena Partners with Proman to Develop Methanol Retrofit and Supply Solution

Shipping company Stena is working with methanol producer Proman to develop a retrofit and supply solution that will allow both Stena’s vessels as well as third party vessels to operate on cleaner-burning methanol fuel.The plan builds upon the previously announced joint venture between Stena Bulk and Proman for three methanol-ready tankers. The first of these vessels, the 49,900 DWT Stena Pro Patria will be delivered in early 2022, with a further three Proman-owned but mutually…

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Seaspan Ferries to Run Its Vessels on Renewable Natural Gas

This week, Seaspan Ferries Corporation became the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by its roll-on, roll-off liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered marine fleet. Seaspan expects that data from the pilot will confirm that, by using RNG, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by upwards of 85% versus traditional diesel fuel.Seaspan has worked closely with FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) to secure a source of certified carbon neutral RNG.“Renewable natural gas…

70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen refueling demonstration test. Photo courtesy Yanmar

Yanmar Conducts High-Pressure Ship Refueling Test with Hydrogen

Yanmar Power Technology (YPT) conducted what it touts as the world's first 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen refueling of a ship using a demonstration test boat equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen refueling was carried out in cooperation with Toyota Tsusho Corporation, using a specially licensed high-pressure facility and a newly developed prototype long hydrogen refueling hose. The 70MPa high-pressure refueling resulted in more than three times longer cruising time compared to the previous refueling process.

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Unifeeder Supplied with GoodFuels’ Biofuel in Rotterdam

Biofuels supplier GoodFuels and the feeder and shortsea company Unifeeder completed their first bunkering of sustainable marine biofuel in the Port of Rotterdam, the companies announced Thursday.Under this new partnership, the shortsea container ship Elbsummer was bunkered with a blend of marine biofuel produced from 100% sustainable feedstock and marine gasoil (MGO) before starting its journey towards Helsinki, Finland.This is the first bio-bunkering between GoodFuels and Unifeeder…

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Robert Allan Ltd. Unveils Methanol-fueled CTV Design

Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. has unveiled a methanol-fueled RAptor 2400 crew transfer vessel (CTV), bringing the offshore wind industry closer to eliminating carbon emissions from the supply chain.As a marine fuel, methanol provides emissions benefits that are similar to natural gas when it comes to reducing CO2, NOx, SOx and particulates, but without the need for cryogenic or pressurized fuel tanks. This reduces capital cost, saves space and allows more fuel to be carried.

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Aker BP Charters Møkster's Battery-powered Platform Supply Vessel

‍Norwegian oil firm Aker BP has awarded a three-year charter for Møkster's platform supply vessel with battery hybridization.The Norwegian shipowner has a hybridization program on-going for three vessels and one of these vessels, the Stril Polar, will continue to serve Aker BP under the new contract on completion of the battery installation in January 2022. "Møkster is very pleased with this new contract and is grateful to Aker BP giving us the opportunity to deliver low-emission vessels for their requirements.

MV Baru in Bunbury, Australia (Photo: KCC)

KCC Completes Transatlantic Test of Biofuels

Norwegian shipowner Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA (KCC) said it has completed testing of 30% biofuel aboard its CLEANBU MV Baru on a voyage from the Netherlands to Brazil as part of KCC’s ongoing efforts to gain technical and commercial experience with biofuels.“We are pleased with the outcome of this test and will continue exploring biofuels possibilities going forward. We believe biofuel will be an increasingly important measure over this decade for the shipping industry to reach its carbon reduction targets…

A file photo of the LNG bunker barge Clean Jacksonville at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal (Photo: JAX LNG)

JAX LNG and TOTE Complete US' First Renewable LNG Bunkering

JAX LNG, a small-scale LNG facility located along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., recently completed the first fueling of a marine vessel in the United States with a blend of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable LNG (RLNG).JAX LNG loaded the RLNG/LNG blend into the Clean Jacksonville bunker barge to fuel the Isla Bella. The Isla Bella is the world’s first LNG-powered container ship and was put into service by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in 2015. Element Markets supplied the renewable natural gas (RNG) used to produce the RLNG via renewable thermal certificates (RTCs).

Wasaline’s new environmentally-friendly ferry, Aurora Botnia. (Photo: Wasaline)

Wasaline Inks 10-year Maintenance Deal with Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä and Wasaline, the Finnish–Swedish ferry operator, have signed a 10-year Optimized Maintenance agreement covering the company’s new ferry, the Aurora Botnia. The agreement was signed in June 2021, but became effective in September.Built at the RMC shipyard in Finland, the Aurora Botnia ranks among the most environmentally-friendly RoPax ferries in the world. The ship’s propulsion is based on a hybrid solution featuring the highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engine and batteries.

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Wärtsilä and SHI Collaborate on Ammonia Fueled Engines

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have teamed up to develop ammonia-fueled vessels as the cleaner burning fuel gains traction amid the maritime industry’s drive toward decarbonization.Under the joint development program (JDP) agreement signed between the two firms in July 2021, the partners will aim to develop ammonia-fueled vessels with four-stroke auxiliary engines available for future newbuild projects.Ammonia, which continues to gain interest as a marine fuel worldwide…

Rolls-Royce is launching a range of sustainable mtu propulsion solutions for yachts to help yacht manufacturers and operators meet their sustainability targets and those of the Paris Climate Agreement. These include IMO III propulsion systems, hybrid systems and engines that are approved for sustainable fuels. JPG, 479 KBRolls-Royce and Ferretti Group are deepening their cooperation and jointly developing sustainable solutions for future yachts. A first major milestone is a cooperation to instal

Ferretti, Rolls-Royce Power ink pact on Hybrid, IMO III Propulsion Systems for Yachts

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Ferretti Group are deepening their cooperation and jointly developing sustainable solutions for future yachts. A first milestone is a cooperation to install a mtu hybrid propulsion system of Rolls-Royce in a new Ferretti yacht. Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group and Andreas Schell, CEO from Rolls-Royce Group's Power Systems Division, signed the agreement earlier this month in Cannes during the Yachting Festival. “In recent years, Ferretti Group has reported rapid growth and development, bringing beauty and innovation to the marine industry.

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Harvey Gulf Adds Second Tri-fueled Vessel with Real Time Emissions Monitoring

U.S.-based offshore vessels owner Harvey Gulf International Marine on Thursday announced that it has taken delivery of its second tri-fueled platform supply vessel. The 310-foot Harvey Power is equipped to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric battery power, and ultra low sulphur diesel, but will be primarily operated utilizing only LNG and battery power.Harvey Gulf said it has three additional PSVs being retrofitted with batteries to make them tri-fueled, yielding a fleet of five tri-fueled vessels.

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Yanmar to Power MOL's New Dual-fuel Coal Carrier

Japan's Yanmar said Thursday it had received an order for dual fuel 6EY22ALDF engines which will be used to power generators on board Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' new LNG-fueled large coal carrier. The coal carrier will be built by Namura Shipbuilding."Emission regulations in the marine sector are becoming ever more stringent, with LNG vessels being adopted globally as a means of reducing environmental impact. As this trend has progressed in recent years, dual-fuel engines have attracted ever more attention…

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Marine Battery Firm Corvus Plans 4Q IPO

Marine battery maker Corvus plans an initial public offer (IPO) in the fourth quarter, aiming to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange, its top executive said on Wednesday.The company, which assembles battery cells into giant batteries for ships such as ferries, cruise vessels, tug boats, [and offshore support vessels] expects the global market for such solutions to be worth $10 billion in 2030."We see that already ... the backlog is three times what it was a year ago," Chief Executive Geir Bjoerkeli told an energy conference."To take that growth…

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Hybrid Battery Package Installed on Siem PSV

Siem Offshore said one of its dual fuel platform supply vessels (PSV) has been upgraded with a hybrid battery package, in line with the company’s goals to reduce its environmental footprint.The installation aboard the 2014-built VS 4411 DF Siem Symphony was conducted at Westcon’s yard on the Norwegian west coast during the second quarter, and the vessel has been assigned the Battery Power notation from DNV. Prior to the conversion, the 5,500-dwt vessel was already equipped to…

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All-electric Ferries Depart Damen Shipyards Galati for Ontario, Canada

A pair of fully-electric road ferries are now on their way from Damen Shipyards Galati to Lake Ontario, Canada, to begin operations. Ordered by the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario, Canada, the Amherst Islander II and Wolfe Islander IV, 68 and 98 meters in length respectively, departed the yard on August 26 to be loaded on the semi-submersible transport vessel Super Servant 4 and will arrive in Lake Ontario in mid-September.Both of the open-deck vessels are equipped to be fully-electric…

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ABS, HZS, Wärtsilä Working on 'Future-ready' Multi-fuel Electric LNG Carrier

ABS, Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HZS), and Wärtsilä have teamed to develop a flexible, future-ready, and modular concept for a future multi-fuel electric Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier (LNGC) vessel.The project will, partners say, apply various decarbonization technologies and solutions to the vessel design and operation models to investigate its performance against the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) up to at least 2050."The LNGC will be highly flexible…

Ultimate Sea Trial: Volvo Penta, Danfoss Editron Power MHO's New CTVs

Danish offshore crew transfer specialist MHO has earlier this week taken delivery of two hybrid crew transfer vessels, after what was described as an ultimate sea trial.Namely, the vessels arrived in Esbjerg, Denmark after a 12,000 nautical mile journey from China, for which developers of propulsion technology Volvo Penta and Danfoss Editron said was a voyage of discovery, with the many lessons learned helping to create a tailor-made solution fit for the owner’s requirements.Measuring 34.4 meters in length and with an 11-meter beam…

The partnership agreement was signed during European Tug Owners Association Meeting held in Turku. (Photo: Sanmar)

Sanmar Teams up with Corvus to Develop Zero-emissions Tugs

Corvus Energy and Sanmar Shipyards are teaming up with the aim to develop a new range of zero-emission and hybrid tugs.The partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly explore and establish a path for the future supply and integration of energy supply systems and fuel cell technology for an even wider range of innovative and cost-effective electric and hybrid tugs, with the plan to move toward a full cooperation agreement later this year.The vessels will be constructed at Sanmar Shipyards’ facilities in Turkey…

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Alfa Laval Making Headway on Methanol Solutions

Seen as a next step toward the maritime industry’s decarbonization goals, Methanol—if produced from renewable green sources—will bring the industry to a level of carbon neutrality. At Alfa Laval, the technologies to enable that step are being developed.As a low-flashpoint fuel, methanol poses significant challenges that require a new approach to fuel supply. Alfa Laval is partnering with MAN Energy Solutions to develop a low-flashpoint supply system (LFSS) for ME-LGIM two-stroke engines.

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e1 Marine Names Klarup Commercial Director

Methanol-to-hydrogen generator technology company e1 Marine announced it has appointed Maite Klarup as its commercial director.Tapped to lead the implementation of e1 Marine’s commercial strategy, Klarup brings to the role more than 20 years of leadership experience from her time at BIMCO, THOME Group, Nordana and WISTA across shipping markets in North and South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.Stuart Crawford, managing director of e1 Marine, said, “[Klarup’s] extensive experience…

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Corvus to Supply Battery for Crowley's All-electric Tug

Corvus Energy announced it has been selected by ABB Marine & Ports to supply the energy storage system for Crowley Maritime Corporation's all-electric tug eWolf—the first of its kind in the U.S.Crowley, which announced its plans to build and operate the innovative harbor tug in July, has tapped Master Boat Builders, Inc., in Alabama to build the vessel and ABB to deliver its integrated electric propulsion system and vessel control technology.The 82-foot-long vessel will be installed with 6.2 MWh of Corvus Orca Energy battery…

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WinGD to Integrate Hybrid Energy Systems on NYK's Car Carrier Quartet

WinGD, an engine maker for the merchant shipping industry, has won a contract to integrate hybrid energy systems on four newbuild car carriers for Japanese owner NYK Line.The company said the order further expanded its portfolio of future-ready power solutions for companies navigating shipping’s energy transition.The four pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) will run on LNG, with WinGD’s 7X62DF-2.1 two-stroke engines coupled with shaft generators, DC-links and battery systems.WinGD said it has optimized spinning reserves…

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ESVAGT to Convert Two PSVs to Battery-hybrid ERRVs

ESVAGT and Ulstein have entered into a contract for the conversion of two platform supply vessels (PSV) to hybrid battery-powered emergency response rescue vessels (ERRV).The two PX121 design PSVs Hermit Fighter and Hermit Prosper, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, originally built at Ulstein Verft and delivered in 2012, will return to the Norwegian shipyard for a six-week stay to undergo conversion to ERRVs and battery power. The engineering work at Ulstein has commenced…

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Schottel Propulsion for Five Turkish-built, Canada-bound Tugs

German propulsion firm Schottel has secured an order to deliver a total of ten rudder propellers and two transverse thrusters for five tugs that will serve the LNG carriers stopping at an LNG export facility in Canada.Schottel's equipment will be installed on two LNG-fuelled escort tugs, as well as in three battery-powered harbor tugs. Ordered by Canadian HaiSea Marine, a partnership between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan ULC, the vessels will provide ship assist and towing services to LNG carriers stopping at a new LNG export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Crowley Maritime Corporation's fully electric eWolf tug
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ABB Propulsion for U.S. First Fully Electric Tug

ABB said Thursday it would deliver an integrated electric propulsion system and vessel control technology for Crowley’s pioneering eWolf tug, built for sustainable and safe operations at the Port of San Diego.Upon delivery by Alabama-based shipbuilder Master Boat Builders, Inc. (MBB) in mid-2023, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s new 82-foot (25-meter) vessel will support ship arrivals and departures at the Port of San Diego in California.It will be the first all-electric, battery…

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Industry's First: North Star to Order Hybrid Daughter Craft for Offshore Wind Support

UK-focused offshore wind vessel operator North Star Renewables said Tuesday it would order the world’s first hybrid daughter craft vessels to support the offshore wind market.The company, established earlier this year as an offshore wind-focused business of the ERRV-firm North Star, has $375 million worth of contracts in hand to deliver three service operation vessels (SOVs) to be used on what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the UK North Sea.

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Vard Electro to Install Hybrid Battery on Atlantic Towing's Platform Supplier

Marine electrical systems supplier Vard Electro will equip Atlantic Towing's platform supply vessel Atlantic Shrike with a hybrid battery power system."Atlantic Towing is the first company to implement this multiple mode application of battery technologies on a single vessel in the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry," Vard Electro said.Atlantic Towing has received funding for the project through Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) as a component of the offshore research…

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Euronav Signs on Ammonia-fueled Tanker Project

Tanker shipping company Euronav on Tuesday announced it has signed onto a joint development program (JDP) to develop dual fuel ammonia (NH3)-fitted tankers.The company said it will work alongside the world's largest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and classification societies Lloyd’s Register and DNV in an effort to accelerate the development of NH3-powered very large crude carrier (VLCC) and Suezmax vessels. The initial term of the project will be three years.In addition…

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Kongsberg to Equip Seaworks' Innovative New Bulker

Kongsberg Maritime (KM) said it has been commissioned to deliver an integrated equipment and systems package for an environmentally-responsible new bulk carrier project.The gas-powered ship – which can be fueled using either zero CO2 emission liquefied biogas (LBG) or conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) – is being built for the Norwegian short sea shipping company Seaworks, utilizing a design which originated with Norwegian naval architect Polarkonsult.The mechanical aspects of KM’s scope of delivery encompass steering and reduction gear…

Kerstin Schreyer tests out the best-selling Travel 1103 at the new Torqeedo headquarters on the Air Tech Campus. Also pictured, from left to right: Michael Kiessling, Dr. Michael Rummel, Dr. Ralf Plieninger and Michael Wellenzohn. (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Breaks Ground on New HQ

Electric drives manufacturer  announced it has broken ground on its new headquarters and production facilities in the Munich metro area on Wednesday.Construction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, and the site will consist of 3,720 square meters of office space, with a mix of co-working spaces and on-site offices, 4,800 square meters of warehouse, production, and research and development area.Dr. Ralf Plieninger, managing director of Torqeedo, said, "The new facilities will allow direct contact and exchange between various departments.

Dubbed ‘Blue Methanol’, the fuel is recycled from residual steel gases, a by product of the steel production industry and helps reduce the ferry’s reliance on diesel. Photographer: Anna Hult

Future Fuels: Stena Germanica makes run on 'Blue Methanol'

In 2015 Stena Line converted the 240-m Stena Germanica to become the world’s first methanol powered ferry. Fast forward six years and the Swedish ferry company has achieved another world first, powering Stena Germanica with methanol recycled from residual steel gases powering the ship this week on its trip from Sweden to Germany.Dubbed ‘Blue Methanol’, the fuel is recycled from residual steel gases, a by product of the steel production industry and helps reduce the ferry’s reliance on diesel."It is exciting to be part of our sustainable journey and try out another new sustainable fuel.

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Wärtsilä Tapped to Power BC's RAL-designed Escort Tugs

Wärtsilä was tapped to supply the main engines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply systems for two new LNG-fueled escort tugs being built for Canada’s HaiSea Marine, a joint venture between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan Marine Transportation. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., the vessels are under construction at Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey. They are expected to be two of the most environmentally advanced escort tugs operating in the coastal waters of British Columbia in Canada.

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Customized Hybrid Drives Make Waves in Yachting and Passenger Service

Ecologically friendly, customized hybrid drives and ship control systems are gaining popularity with inland-water vessels.Once mostly found powering mega- and superyachts, hybrid drives are now finding their way onto commercial and private yachts from 33’ to 80’. The attraction is due to the hybrid drive’s sustainability. The combination of diesel and electric motors uses less fuel than a strictly gasoline motor without sacrificing performance. For instance, a megayacht that holds…

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BV Grants Type Approval for Swedish Battery Company

Echandia, a Swedish developer of battery and fuel cell systems, announced it now has its battery system, based on LTO technology, type approved by Bureau Veritas as electrification continues to make inroads in the larger boat, workboat and ferry segments."Echandia is the only company in the world to have a certified LTO battery system for marine use in tugboats. It is a breakthrough for safe LTO technology and as tugboats and ferries in local traffic increasingly become battery-powered…