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14 Nov 2019

Wight Shipyard Builds New Hybrid Vessel

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Wight Shipyard Co (WSC), Europe's leading high speed craft and aluminium ship builder based on Britain's Isle of Wight, has been contracted by CWind to build a hybrid surface effect crew transfer vessel.The world’s first hybrid surface effect crew transfer vessel will service the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore windfarms located 23 kilometers off the Dutch coast, said the specialized in aluminium vessel construction.“We have built a reputation in the fast ferry arena and commercial marine sector,” said Peter Morton, CEO WSC. “But this a world first, building a hybrid SES for crew transfer.

12 Nov 2019

E.ON, RWE Renewables Sign Clean Power Deal

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Global energy company E.ON has signed an agreement to purchase clean energy from British wind farms of RWE Renewables.The 2.5-year agreement is on purchasing the output of more than 20 British wind farms, supplying sustainable power to the grid and supporting E.ON’s commitment to provide 100% renewable power for its UK customers.With this power purchase agreement (PPA) E.ON buys around 3TWh of power annually from wind farms around Great Britain which are operated by RWE. It covers a capacity of 892MW of onshore and offshore wind generation and includes a proportion of the London Array…

06 Nov 2019

Maersk Tests Containerized Battery System

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Danish shipping giant Maersk will install a containerized 600 kWh marine battery system on board the 4,500 TEU Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving towards further electrification of its fleet and port terminals. Maersk will continue to facilitate, test, and develop low-carbon solutions on our journey to become carbon neutral by 2050…

04 Nov 2019

Prototype for Hydrogen - One Step Closer

Illustration of the ship’s propulsion systems with integrated LH2 tank and fuel cells.
Photo: Havyard

Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with suppliers of  hydrogen tanks and fuel cells.If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does not contain enough energy. Fuel cells running on hydrogen is a solution to this, and the Havyard Group, with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems, is now conducting…

10 Oct 2019

Fuel Cells for Maritime Shipping

Photo: Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will act as a technology partner in the Pa-X-ell2 project. The goal is to develop a new generation of fuel cells for use on seagoing vessels. For the future project on sustainable, CO2-free mobility at sea, the largest shipyard for the construction of cruise ships – Meyer Werft in Papenburg – and the global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies intend to equip future generations of cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion. Besides Meyer Werft…

13 Sep 2019

AIDAperla Receives Corvus Battery System

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Carnival Corporation's Germany brand AIDA Cruises and Corvus Energy have signed a deal to retrofit the AIDAperla with a 10MW battery pack, the largest to date set to be featured on a cruise vessel."The order is for a 10MWh Energy Storage System (ESS) to be installed on board AIDAperla in 2020. AIDAperla, built in 2017, has the capacity of 3300 passengers and a crew of 900," said the British Columbia-based developer of maritime energy storage solutions.When installed on AIDAperla…

10 Sep 2019

NPD Completes Seabed Minerals Expedition

Participants on the expedition, from left Stian Rolfsen Gilje and Solveig Lie Onstad from the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research (UiB), Jan Stenløkk from the NPD and Anna Lim from NTNU. Photo: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced that it has just completed a successful data acquisition expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, using the Seabed Constructor vessel.According to the Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, during the four-week expedition, the NPD has made several discoveries of previously unknown sulphide deposits, and collected data covering large areas.

03 Sep 2019

SMM 2020 Publishes Maritime Industry Report

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“Driving the maritime transition”: In times of the global climate debate and the digital transformation, SMM 2020 will once again be the focal point for decision-makers in the maritime industry.Topics that are currently high on the industry's agenda are highlighted in the new issue of the SMM Maritime Industry Report: Shipping, shipbuilding and supplier companies are especially interested in alternative propulsion technologies and attractive niche markets.The year 2020 marks a major turning point in international shipping: On January 1…

05 Aug 2019

Kalmar Supplies Terminal Tractors in California

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Kalmar, the provider of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, is to supply NFI Industries with 25 Kalmar Ottawa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors for use in their selected distribution centers in California.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q2 order intake with delivery scheduled to be completed during the first half of 2020, said a press release from the Cargotec's unit.NFI is a fully integrated third-party supply chain solutions provider with locations across North America.

10 Jul 2019

Swedish Electric Ferry Gets Superfast Charging

The electric ferry E/S Movitz provides less CO2 emissions and quieter operation than conventional diesel-powered boats. Image: Vattenfall

Swedish power company Vattenfall and compatriot electric ferry propulsion systems and marine consultancy platform Echandia Marine cooperate on electric ferry with superfast charging.Vattenfall and Echandia Marine have developed a new solution for electric ferries that is designed to minimise emissions and noise and at the same time lower operational and maintenance costs and provide superfast charging.The systems are installed on E/S Movitz that operates in central Stockholm and…

04 Jul 2019

Grimaldi Installs Corvus Mega Batteries

Two Ro-Pax cruise ferries “Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” owned by Italian Grimaldi Group have each been retrofitted with 5,5 MWh energy storage systems to enable zero-emissions operation in port stay. Photo: Grimaldi Group/Corvus Energy.

Corvus Energy, a provider high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems to the maritime industry, has completed the installation of a 5.5 MWh battery energy storage systems (ESS) in each of the two Grimaldi Group RoPax cruise ferries Cruise Barcelona and Cruise Roma.The energy storage solutions supplier said in a press release that the ‘mega batteries’ will allow the Grimaldi cruise ferries to turn off the diesel engines and operate solely on battery…

19 Jun 2019

Kalmar Intros Electric Reachstacker

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Kalmar, a part of Cargotec Corporation,  forges ahead on its electrification journey with maritime industry's first fully electric reachstacker for the global logistics provider Cabooter Group."Kalmar is another step closer to having an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021 with the announcement of an agreement with Cabooter Group, who will be the first customer to take a fully electric version of the Kalmar Reachstacker into use in 2021," said a press release from the provider of cargo-handling solutions and services to ports.Since its founding in 1995…

10 Jun 2019

Kalmar Showcases Eco-Efficient Future

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will focus on driving the eco-efficiency of terminal operations at this year's TOC Europe, which will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 18-20 June 2019.Kalmar will be showcasing its entire Eco Range - a wide portfolio of products and services that are designed to cut emissions in cargo handling operations. Several demos and collaborative sessions will be organised at the Kalmar stand to highlight the theme "Together for an eco-efficient future".Kalmar has been developing eco-efficient…

24 May 2019

Glosten Design for All-Electric Ferry First

Photo courtesy Glosten

Alabama's historic Gee's Bend Ferry recently entered service after being converted from geared-diesel to become the first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry in the United States. Owned by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and operated by HMS Ferries, the 15-vehicle/132-passenger ferry runs on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, AL."As a first-of-its-kind vessel in North America, the Gee's Bend Ferry will have impact far beyond the State boarders.

08 Apr 2019

ABB, SINTEF Test Fuel Cells of Hydrogen Hybrid Ferry

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Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB and European independent research organisations SINTEF Ocean laboratory in Trondheim test fuel cells for the world’s first conversion of a hydrogen hybrid ferry.The tests aim to provide answers needed for Norwegian shipyard Fiskerstrand to convert an existing ferry to run on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.The tests will also provide answers into the introduction of hydrogen fuel cells for future reviews of the rules covering shipboard use of hydrogen.In addition…

03 Apr 2019

Kalmar to Help Bimbo's Ops at Mexico

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Kalmar has concluded a deal to supply a total of three Kalmar Ottawa Electric Terminal Tractors T2E to the Mexican bakery product manufacturer Bimbo.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said in a press release that the order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q1 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to take place during Q3 of 2019.Bimbo is the largest baking company in the world, with 199 plants and more than 1,800 sales centres across 32 countries throughout the Americas, Europe…

20 Mar 2019

Marine Hybrid quietly arrives … positioned to explode

The Harbor Harvest under construction (CREDIT: Robert Kunkel)

Hybrid is not only here, it is growing, and with that growth it will soon reach far beyond coastal applications.For those who were around for the arrival of Y2K, you will remember the anticipation, preparation and perspiration as the maritime world waited for the failure of communications, navigation, security and machinery associated with the digital change of the clock. The forecasts, now historical urban legend, left the world without a digital catastrophe.We wait now for 2020 and the advent of the IMO maritime emissions regulations.

06 Feb 2019

Corvus Energy Acquires Grenland Energy

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Corvus Energy Holding, the Energy Storage Systems (ESS) supplier to the maritime industry, has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in the Norway-based Grenland Energy, which develops and manufactures lightweight lithium-ion batteries for the maritime, offshore and subsea industry.“The market for battery storage is increasing rapidly. It is the perfect time to combine resources, competencies, and technologies with an optimized global footprint. We are eager to join forces with innovative companies such as Grenland Energy to offer extended and more specialized solutions and services…

26 Jan 2019

Denmark Supports Development Electric Ferries

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Electric ferries are in a rapid development, and the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is actively engaged in ensuring that safety is part of the innovative efforts taking place in the Blue Denmark.The DMA is working in a joint project with the industry, other authorities and classification societies to promote understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the maritime industry. With a particular focus on safety.Denis Cederholm-Larsen, Senior Ship Inspector at the Danish…

16 Jan 2019

Buenos Aires' Exolgan Orders Four Hybrid RTGs from Kalmar

Pic: Exolgan Container Terminal

Cargo handling solutions company Kalmar has signed an agreement with Exolgan S.A. to supply a total of four rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with hybrid drivelines for its container terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina."The order, which also includes the supply of a spare parts package for the machines, was booked in Cargotec's 2018 Q4 order intake with delivery scheduled to take place in late 2019," said a press release from Kalmar, part of Cargotec. The Exolgan terminal in Buenos Aires is a general cargo and container-handling port terminal with strategic road…

20 Dec 2018

Interview: Volvo Penta’s ‘Full Charge’ into Electric & Hybrid

Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Voices: Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta has a reputation for pioneering innovations in marine propulsion. To learn more about what the company has on its drawing boards we talked with Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.Please give us a snapshot of your commercial marine business in North America?Our marine commercial business in the Americas has seen great growth, and it now represents a significant portion of our business, along with our leisure marine and industrial engine segments.

01 Nov 2018

Energy Storage - Now Relevant for Any Vessel Type

Red and White Fleet's Enhydra, the newest member of the R&W passenger excursion vessel fleet. The 128-foot LOA aluminum monohull vessel with a 30-foot beam is the largest lithium-ion battery electric hybrid powered vessel in North America built under “USCG Subchapter K” certification. Image: AAM and Red & White.

A primer on the quickly evolving topic of on board battery technology.Energy storage itself is actually old news. Since the sails were taken down for good, merchant vessels have crossed the oceans using some kind of energy safely stored on board. Be it Coal, Diesel, Gasoline or Natural Gas, and regardless of energy type, safe storage onboard has been vital for safety and completion of the planned trip. On the other hand, active use of batteries in propulsion systems is relatively new.

31 Oct 2018

Kalmar Supports Port of Long Beach Electrification

Kalmar T2e Terminal Tractor. Image: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply a fully electric Kalmar Ottawa T2e electric terminal tractor to Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) for a six-month demonstration period. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2018 third-quarter order intake with delivery scheduled for Q1 of 2019. A press release from the cargo handling solutions and services provider the Port of Long Beach, California, is the second-busiest container seaport in the U.S. and handles trade…

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