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18 Feb 2019

Inside the World's Top Ferry Lines

Staten Island Ferries, NYC. Photo Credit: Greg Trauthwein

The ferry business, unlike more industrial parts of the shipping business, touches wide swaths of the world’s population across continents. The membership of Interferry, the leading trade group for the industry, with non-Governmental organization (NGO) status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) includes 200+ members from all parts of the ferry spectrum. These include passenger ferries (including fast ferries), Ro/Pax and cruise ferries operating globally. In selecting “the best” we looked beyond the league tables of “the most” (passengers) and “the biggest” (fleet size).

13 Jan 2019

Norway Builds World's First Hydrogen Ferry

Pic: Norled AS

The world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry will be built by Norled. It will be put into operation at the Hjelmeland association in 2021.According to a press release from the Norwegian shipping company, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Norled AS signed an agreement, on the construction of the world's first hydrogen-electric ferry. It must be put into operation on Hjelmeland route in 2021.The development contract that Norled won in fierce competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal on the development…

31 Dec 2018

Martime Propulsion: New Solutions Meet New Emission Demands

With a robust engine block designed for continuous-duty operation and long life, and a single cylinder head with four valves per cylinder, the Cummins X15 marine engine provides reduced fuel consumption without reduced performance. The X15, which can be used in both commercial and recreational marine applications, is available as a propulsion engine and as an auxiliary engine. (Photo: Cummins Inc.)

Marine propulsion manufacturers are not just responding to but are anticipating tighter performance demands from the U.S. EPA  and the IMO by introducing both new and upgraded systems based on state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. Tom Mulligan reviews the latest engine product launches.AIP for MAN cryo Liquid Hydrogen Fuel-Gas systemMAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen in cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime 0f Norway.

28 Nov 2018

Wärtsilä Automated Shipping Tests Successful

The ‘Folgefonn’ was operated autonomously for its entire route from dock-to-dock with the Wärtsilä automated dock-to-dock solution. Pic: Wärtsilä Marine Solutions

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä conducted a successful round of tests on its automated dock-to-dock solution. The system was tested on ‘Folgefonn’ ferry, which visited all three ports serviced by the vessel, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route.Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) was present during the test. Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä said: "This represents a huge step forward in validating automated shipping solutions…

30 Oct 2018

Sembcorp Marine Bags Offshore Wind and Ferry Projects

Pic: Sembcorp

Sembcorp Marine is breaking new ground in renewable  energy engineering solutions with two separate projects worth over S$200 million (USD 145 mln).The Group has inked an agreement with Ørsted Wind Power subsidiary Optimus Wind Limited for engineering, procurement, construction, hook-up and commissioning works on two topsides, to be deployed at the Hornsea 2 Offshore Wind Farm in the UK North Sea.With a combined weight of approximately 8,700 tonnes, the two topsides will be fabricated…

15 Aug 2018

Rolls-Royce Launches Battery System for Ships

Jens Hjorteset (right) is the Technical Product Manager for SAVe Energy. Erling Johannesen (left) is the Site Manager at Rolls-Royce Power Electric Systems department in Bergen, Norway. (Photo: Øystein Klakegg/Rolls-Royce Marine)

Rolls-Royce has been delivering energy storage systems for ships since 2010, but the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party. The company announced today it is launching its own lithium-ion based energy storage system.Energy storage can be a major green investment for a ship owner, with maximized returns when the system is correctly dimensioned for the specific ship, and includes intelligent power control.Rolls-Royce said its new SAVe Energy liquid cooled battery system is cost competitive…

08 Jun 2018

New Center to Advance Green Maritime Tech in Norway

Representatives from three of the partners building up a Norwegian catapult center for smarter and greener energy systems: Hege Økland from NCE Maritime CleanTech, Asbjørn Halsebakke from The Switch Norway, and Gunnar Birkeland and Bernt Henrik Hellesøe from Unitech. (Photo: Øyvind Hjelmen)

NCE Maritime CleanTech business cluster is establishing a new Norwegian catapult center to build up expertise and testing facilities for its partner organizations. The center aims to be at the forefront in making the Norwegian marine industry greener, smarter and more innovative.NCE Maritime CleanTech’s initiative Sustainable Maritime Norwegian Catapult Center was announced as one of the three winners among the 15 business clusters that applied to Siva, the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway, to fund a new catapult arrangement.

26 Apr 2018

Norwegian Ferry Tests Autodocking System

(Photo: Wärtsilä)

A ferry owned by Norwegian operator Norled is the first in the world to experiment with autodocking technology.Equipped with Wärtsilä’s innovative autodocking system, the 83-meter ferry Folgefonn concluded three months of testing with harbor docking trials in April.The autodocking system activates some 2,000 meters from the berth and keeps the vessel transiting at its normal transit speed until it gradually slows down to activate the line-up and docking maneuver. The vessel operates completely automatically until secured at the berth.Full maneuvering of the vessel…

29 Nov 2017

Partners Launch Zero Emissions Ferry Project

Norwegian Coastal Administration Shipping Company’s multifunctional vessel OV Bøkfjord is equipped with an environment-friendly hybrid system (Photo: Rolls- Royce)

By combining existing technologies in a new way, it is possible to build ferries that represent a quantum leap for the environment. That is the idea behind a new R&D project involving four major players in the maritime sector: Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The project has now received a NOK 5.9 million grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX program. The ‘Zero Emission Ferry’ project is intended to result in a new electrical system that not only provides more efficient power output and stable operations…

20 Sep 2017

Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

Wärtsilä's wireless charging system is the first in the world to operate successfully with a coastal ferry.  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered commercial coastal ferry, the first in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries. The tests were carried out in Norwegian during the end of August and early September on the 85 meter long MF Folgefonn owned by Norled, one of Norway's largest ferry operators waters. The project, partially funded by Innovation Norway, represents a breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels, Wärtsilä said.

21 Dec 2016

Catching the Electric Vision

All bets would have been lost if one was to predict that I would never find one of the most advanced and modern workboats in the heart of the Norwegian Fjordlands. Sure enough, if you make the trek to Flam through nearly 50 tunnels in between the prominent towns of Bergen and Oslo, you will behold such a craft. The 40 meter Vision of the Fjords was recently constructed by Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway and delivered to The Fjords AD earlier this year in June. The vessel is simply striking…

02 Nov 2016

Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

(Photo: Eimskip)

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year. We believe that further consolidation is needed in the logistics industry…

07 Mar 2016

Finnish Battery-powered Ferry Due for 2017 Delivery

Photo: Siemens

Siemens has been commissioned to provide the complete electro-technical solution for Finland’s first battery-powered car ferry. The Finnish shipping company FinFerries has ordered the newbuilding from the Polish shipyard CRIST S.A. The environmentally-friendly ferry will improve the transport options between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku Archipelago. It will be approximately 90 meters long by 16 meters wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars. Operation on the 1.6 kilometer-long route will begin in summer 2017.

20 Jan 2016

Improved Performance for Lithium Ion Battery Systems

Corvus Energy has validated and is restating the product specifications for its lithium ion battery systems reflecting that the system has double the RMS power capability and substantially more energy capacity than previously reported. As part of its ongoing testing regimen, Corvus worked closely with LAEC and its founder, Dr. Majid Bahrami, at its state-of-the-art testing lab located at Simon Fraser University (SFU) on an extensive series of tests of the performance and characteristics of the AT6500 platform. The testing results are consistent with the performance of our existing installations, which are monitored closely. Corvus has the largest installed base of industrial lithium ion batteries in the maritime industry, including ferries, tugs, offshore supply vessels and port cranes.

19 May 2015

Battery-powered Ferry Enters Service in Norway

Photo courtesy of Siemens

The world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway, representing a milestone on the road to operating emission-free ferries along Norway’s coastline, with at least 50 other routes currently able to sustain battery-operated vessels. The Norled ferry uses just 150 kWh per route, which corresponds to three days use of electricity in a standard Norwegian household. Built in conjunction with shipbuilder Fjellstrand, Siemens installed…

01 Jun 2015

High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of Lavik and Oppendal and empties into the North Atlantic’s Norwegian Sea. The 260-ft. vessel recharges its dual 450 kW/hour battery packs after each docking in less 10 minutes – faster than today’s smartphones and the turnarounds of many conventionally powered ferries. Operated by Norled…

27 Aug 2014

Survitec Escape Slide Chosen for Norwegian Ferry

Photo courtesy of Survitec

The all-electric Zero Cat ferry, currently under construction at the Fjellstrand yard in Norway, will enter service next year with Norled as the first Norwegian vessel equipped with Survitec Group's most advanced ESS MES automatic escape slide system. The new slide can be launched and ready for passenger use with the touch of a button and without any further intervention by the crew. This is now being seen by ship operators as an important safety benefit especially when crew members may be actively engaged in dealing with other aspects of an emergency.

18 Nov 2013

Adveto to Upgrade, Support 26 Passenger Catamarans

Tyrving is one of the 26 HSC passenger catamarans to be upgraded. Photo Adveto

Swedish Adveto has through its distributor Westronic in Bergen secured an order consisting of software and ECDIS-kernel upgrade and new continuous 36 month support for 26 High Speed Crafts (HSC) passenger catamarans. The customer is Norled, the HSC operator in Norway. “Westronic started to work with Adveto´s ECDIS many years ago,” said Arild Mathiessen, Sales & Project Engineer at Westronic AS in Bergen. “ECDIS-4000 from Adveto has features like multi routes, advanced predictors…

11 Sep 2015

Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

Tord Helland, Finance Director at Norled (right), together with Stephen Bligh (left), Head of Shipping Advisory UK at DNV GL, received the Ship Efficiency Award

The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the category Environmental Technology. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations. The 80 metre long DNV GL classed vessel is one of three ferries operated by the Norwegian shipping company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal and is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. “Ampere is trading in Sognefjord…

23 Dec 2014

Zero Emission Vessels – The Tide is Turning

View from the helm of Viking Lady at work in the North Sea. Courtesy of Corvus Energy

Battery based energy storage systems for marine applications are finally moving, cleanly along the global waterfront at full speed. The UN Report on climate change on November 2, 2014, stated that the unregulated use of carbon based fuels must cease by the end of the century. While people can debate the causes of global climate change, this type of strong statement is increasingly familiar. The shipping industry is one of the largest consumers of carbon-based fuel, and as such, has great reason to be concerned.

12 Mar 2014

Several Companies Shortlisted for Heyerdahl Award

Solstad Offshore ASA, Rolls Royce Marine, Norled AS and Maersk Line have been shortlisted for the prestigious Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award 2014. The prize recognizes candidates from the shipping industry that have made an outstanding contribution to the environment. The award is presented to the winner by H.M. King Harald at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Annual Conference on March 31. The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award was established in 1999 by Thor Heyerdahl (1914 – 2002) and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.

13 Jan 2015

Great Ships of 2014: Linda Oldendorff

Norwegian ferry operator Norled  AS  received the battery-driven car ferry ZeroCat 120, an aluminum catamaran which is light-weight with slender twin hulls. Its electric power train was designed by Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard with battery technology from Germany’s Siemens. The ZeroCat 120 does not discharge greenhouse gases, CO2, methane or nitrogen oxides to the environment. In addition to the environmental benefits, the ferry’s operational and maintenance costs will be lower than those of a conventional ferry.

30 Dec 2015

Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ... 10 stories from a cumulative 18,719 posted to MarineLink.com during the calendar year to date ... that were clicked on and passed along the most by you, our readers. Josh Harris and Casey McManus, stars of the Discovery' Channel's Deadliest Catch, discuss their decision to protect their vessel, Cornelia Marie, with Sherwin-Williams marine coatings.

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