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PBES powers world-first electric aquaculture support vessel

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has been awarded the contract to provide the energy storage system aboard Norwegian electric fish farm vessel Elfrida. In operation since February 2017, the vessel provides up to 12kts speed and a full eight-hour shift per charge. - September 2017

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MAN Diesel & Turbo and Aspin Kemp Associates win specialist Russian order

MAN Diesel & Turbo and Aspin Kemp Associates (AKA) have received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency.

Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first collaboration between the two partners since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought a 40% share in AKA in June 2017. The order comprises four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order covering: the complete 690V main switchboard; 690V-to-400V transformers; electric motors for main props and thrusters; frequency converters for electric motors; and the drive control and power-management systems. - September 2017

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ABB to install Onboard DC Grid on hybrid wind farm SOV

ABB will optimise the safety and environmental credentials of a new Louis Dreyfus Armateurs wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) by installing Onboard DC Grid power distribution to help enable cost-efficient integration of batteries. The hybrid system enables operation with fewer running generators.

The Onboard DC Grid will integrate two sets of batteries used primarily for spinning reserve and peak shaving. The whole power system is controlled by an integrated power and energy management system, enabling the generators to run at variable speeds and charge the batteries. - September 2017

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Wärtsilä to supply solutions for six new Chinese container feeder ships

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a range of products and solutions for six new 1160TEU container feeder vessels to be built at the Fujian Mawei shipyard in China.

The project has been developed by MarLink Project Management in Germany together with various investors. This series of container ships has been designed by German design office ABH Ingenieur-Technik. There are options for a further six vessels. - September 2017

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Glosten to design Skagit County all-electric vehicle/passenger ferry

Skagit County in the US state of Washington has selected Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten to design an all-electric vehicle/passenger ferry to replace current vessel M/V Guemes.

M/V Guemes has provided service between Anacortes and Guemes Island, WA since 1979, and is nearing the end of its economically useful life. With a capacity of 99 passengers and 21 vehicles, the vessel forms a primary mode of transit for residents of and visitors to Guemes Island.
- September 2017

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Norwegian Electric Systems delivers energy solution to Skansi

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed its first energy storage solution contract with ship owner Skansi Offshore. The battery pack, a 20in containerised solution, will be installed on board Skansi offshore platform supply vessel Sjoborg.

The battery pack will provide enough power to supply the entire vessel’s requirements should a generator failure occur during DP operations, and the vessel will be able to move safely away from hazardous areas of operation under battery power alone.
- September 2017

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Corvus Energy to provide battery systems for hybrid fishing vessels

Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin AS as the supplier of lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for three new hybrid fishing vessels.

The company’s Orca Energy ESS will supply electrical power to the fishing vessels’ propulsion systems and electrical networks. Each vessel’s ESS will have a capacity of approximately 250kWh, which will be utilised during many aspects of the fishing vessel operations. The vessels are expected to be delivered in mid-2018. - September 2017

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Kongsberg launches full-electric autonomous vessel concept

Kongsberg has signed a research and innovation (R&I) contract with technology acceleration organisation PILOT-E for the development of zero-emission, full-electric autonomous ferry concepts.

The PILOT-E programme, a collaboration between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovasjon Norge and Enova, is designed to accelerate time to market for new technology concepts, while at the same time ensuring that the solutions produced are viable and sustainable. Its goal is to ensure that the benefits of advanced projects result in actual deliveries to the market. - September 2017

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Bosch Rexroth electric drives type-approved by DNV GL and ABS

A universal inverter developed by Bosch Rexroth has been approved for use in ships and offshore equipment by two international maritime classification organisations.

The IndraDrive ML universal inverter underwent testing by both DNV GL and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The tests examined the reliability of the IndraDrive ML at various temperatures, levels of humidity and vibrations, as well as its electromagnetic compatibility and environmental impact. Following these, Bosch Rexroth’s modular design system was declared type-approved. - September 2017

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UK Government backs innovative technology to slash shipping emissions to zero

The UK Government has committed to help fund innovative technologies and fuels to reduce maritime emissions and create a zero-emissions sector.

The government, in partnership with industry, has committed to spending more than US$8m on funding trials of innovative energy-saving devices, such as state-of-the-art propellers. onboard waste heat recovery and rotor sails that use wind power to cut fuel consumption. - September 2017

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Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo introduce the Avon eJET Concept for yacht tenders

Zodiac Nautic Group and Torqeedo have developed the eJET Concept, a full-electric tender that is said to offer a single fuel type on board, no oil changes, increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.

The eJET Concept reportedly performed strongly in testing both in performance and reliability, leading Avon and Torqeedo to further collaborate on a commercial range of eJETs that will be available for sale in 2019. - September 2017

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Rolls-Royce reveals plans for electric autonomous naval vessel

Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for an electric autonomous, single-role, naval vessel with a range of 3,500 nautical miles.

The vessel concept is capable of operating beyond the horizon for over 100 days, will displace 700 tons and reach speeds above 25kts. The 60m-long vessel is designed to perform a range of single-role missions, such as patrol and surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening. - September 2017

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Lloyd’s Register joins Quadriga sustainable shipping project

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined a project to build the world’s largest sailing cargo ship. The Quadriga sustainable shipping project, an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, outlines a plan to build a 170m car carrier vessel capable of carrying 1,700-2,000 cars. - August 2017

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Wightlink reveals name of new hybrid ferry

Wightlink’s new US$38.5m hybrid car ferry for the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route in the UK will be named Victoria of Wight. The name was chosen by a panel of staff who considered 186 suggestions from 73 members of staff. - August 2017

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PBES appoints Norwegian business expert to develop energy storage markets

Eivind Aune, who has spent the last eight years as an owner and CEO of Sifa Mechanical Production in Selbu, Norway, has joined Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) to develop energy storage markets.
- August 2017

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Port of Long Beach requests proposals for zero-emissions technology

The Port of Long Beach (PLB), in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbour craft to cleaner forms of propulsion. - August 2017

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Eco-friendly expeditionary cruise ship to be launched by Rolls-Royce and Mystic Cruises

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with West Sea Yard, part of Martifer Group, to equip an expeditionary oceanic cruise ship for Portuguese cruise company Mystic Cruises. - August 2017

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Norwegian Electric Systems wins five-vessel hybrid system contact

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has announced that it will supply its Odin’s Eye DC grid system technology to five ferries being built for operator Fjord1. Exceeding the US$63m mark, the contract is the largest in the company’s history. - August 2017

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New Wärtsilä design features world’s first hybrid propulsion solution for fish farming industry

Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design and hybrid propulsion solution for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway. - August 2017

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PBES appoints power generation expert to develop energy storage markets

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced that Arnstein Andreassen has joined the company to develop marine energy storage markets. - July 2017

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Eco Marine Power signs MoU with Singapore shipping company

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a shipping company based in Singapore for the supply of its Aquarius management and automation (MAS)+ Solar solution. - July 2017

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The Switch and Steerprop join forces for new propulsion unit

Azimuth propulsion specialist Steerprop has unveiled its new CRP ECO LM propulsor featuring permanent magnet (PM) technology from The Switch. - July 2017

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Corvus Energy to supply Orca ESS for hybrid PSV

Corvus Energy will supply its Orca Energy ESS for the hybridisation of Farstad Shipping’s platform support vessel (PSV) Far Sun, which is being integrated by Vard Electro. - July 2017

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Glosten completes design of new hybrid passenger vessel for Kitsap Transit

Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, has announced the completion of a 150-passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington. - July 2017

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Vard to retrofit Farstad diesel-electric PSV with battery system

Shipbuilder Vard has announced that it is to retrofit Farstad Shipping’s Far Sun PSV (platform supply vessel) with its SeaQ energy storage system. - July 2017

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GE to provide suite of marine technologies to deep-water dive support vessel

GE’s Marine Solutions division has been chosen by rescue and salvage company Shanghai Salvage Bureau (SSB) to provide power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV). - July 2017

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New York City passenger ferry fleet fitted with smart module battery chargers

Newmar, a manufacturer of DC power products, is supplying battery chargers for a new fleet of passenger ferries operating in New York City. - July 2017

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Brittany Ferries to build US$230m LNG-electric cruise ship

French shipping company Brittany Ferries has confirmed the construction of a US$230m LNG-electric cruise ferry to join its 10-ship fleet. - July 2017

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Rolls-Royce to supply second hybrid system to Norwegian Coastal Administration vessel

The Norwegian Coastal Administration’s new multipurpose vessel OV Ryvingen will be its second to combine conventional diesel power with battery-driven operation. - July 2017

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Diesel-electric harbour ferry delivered to HADAG

Hamburg-based transport company HADAG has announced that it has put a new diesel-electric harbour ferry into operation - July 2017

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New Bureau Veritas rules support hybrid power and energy storage systems

Bureau Veritas (BV) has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards. - July 2017

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Torqeedo brings BMW i battery technology to the marine sector

Torqeedo has signed a supplier agreement with BMW to offer the German auto maker’s high-capacity BMW i3 battery technology for boats. - July 2017

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Finland’s first hybrid ferry set to launch this summer

Finland’s first battery-powered hybrid ferry, Elektra, is preparing to enter into operation, servicing the route between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku archipelago. - July 2017

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Record-breaking year!

Over 4,000 attendees descended on Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam this June (6-8 June 2017), with over 130 exhibits to see and some 60 conference papers to learn from. - June 2017

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Sandfirden Technics and Liebherr to jointly develop hybrid propulsion solutions

Dutch genset specialist Sandfirden Technics and Swiss electric equipment supplier Liebherr are to collaborate on the development of hybrid ship propulsion systems. - June 2017

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PBES launches Harpoon battery product line

Battery energy solutions provider Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced the launch of its Harpoon battery product line. - June 2017

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Damen to construct two new hybrid vessels for BC Ferries

Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards a contract to construct two new diesel-electric ferries. - June 2017

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German Navy’s new hybrid F125 Frigate Rheinland-Pfalz launched

The German Navy’s fourth and final new hybrid F125 frigate Rheinland-Pfalz has launched at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. - June 2017

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The Switch delivers first DC-Hub to Wightlink

Finnish electric drive manufacturer The Switch has delivered its first DC-Hub to UK ferry operator Wightlink for installation into its flagship new-build diesel-electric hybrid ferry. - June 2017

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PowerCell, Hexagon Composites and Nel embark on hydrogen projects JV

Hexagon Composites has finalised a joint-venture agreement with Nel and PowerCell Sweden for the development of integrated hydrogen projects in the maritime and marine segments. - June 2017

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Porsche-style hybrid superyacht launches

Monaco-based yacht builder Dynamiq has integrated Porsche design cues into its new GTT yacht range, starting with the 35m GTT 115 Hybrid. - June 2017

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Fjord1 orders five new hybrid ferries from Havyard

Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has placed an order in excess of US$117m for the construction of five new diesel-electric ferries at Havyard Ship Technology’s shipyard in Leirvik i Sogn. - June 2017

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Derecktor launches second hybrid vessel

Derecktor Shipyards has launched CUNY I, the first hybrid vessel built for the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. - June 2017

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Schottel to provide EcoPellers to Norwegian hybrid ferries

Propulsion specialist Schottel has been selected to fit eight newly built ferries with its new Schottel Rudder EcoPeller (SRE) for two Norwegian ferry lines. - June 2017

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Fjellstrand and Fjord1 sign zero-emission ferry contract

Norwegian ferry operator Fjord 1 has signed a contract with Fjellstrand to design and build a new battery-electric-powered ZeroCat type ferry. - June 2017

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Wind service operation vessel to have MAN diesel-electric propulsion solution

A wind service operation vessel (WSOV) under construction for French owner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs at Cemre shipyard in Turkey will feature MAN Diesel & Turbo’s EPROX (Energy Saving Electric Propulsion System). - June 2017

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Vard to design and build new diesel-electric research expedition vessel

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings has secured a contract for the design and construction of a diesel-electric research expedition vessel (REV) for Rosellinis Four-10, a company owned by Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke. - June 2017

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World’s first hybrid fast-displacement motoryacht launches

A new vessel built by Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands is the world’s first fast-displacement motoryacht equipped with hybrid propulsion. - June 2017

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All-electric Future of the Fjords passenger ferry announced by The Fjords

Norwegian ferry operator The Fjords has confirmed that is building an all-electric sister ship to its diesel-electric plug-in hybrid Vision of the Fjords, to be launched in April 2018. - June 2017

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Wärtsilä wins first contract for new hybrid power module

Technology group Wärtsilä has received its first order for its recently introduced Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module, which combines engines, an energy storage system and power electronics. - June 2017

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Rolls-Royce to provide power for the world’s largest hybrid ferry

Rolls-Royce has received an order for four B33:45L diesel engines to power the world’s largest hybrid ferry being built for the Norwegian cruise and transport company Color Line. - June 2017

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Yara and Kongsberg to build world’s first autonomous and electric ship

Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from Yara’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. - June 2017

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US passenger/vehicle diesel-powered ferry to be converted into all-electric vessel

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has announced that the Gee’s Bend Ferry will be transformed from diesel-powered into a battery-electric vessel. The conversion is a joint federal-state project with a US$1m grant through the US Environmental Protection Agency. - May 2017

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Corvus Energy signs long-term service agreement for world’s largest hybrid ferry fleet

Corvus Energy has been awarded a 10-year service and maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry fleet. The multi-year contract includes both conventional service and maintenance of the fleet’s energy storage systems, plus Corvus’s remote condition-based monitoring service, Watchman. - May 2017

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Torqeedo provides new propulsion system for Queen’s Elizabeth II’s row barge

Electric propulsion system manufacturer Torqeedo has been selected to provide the auxiliary propulsion system for Queen Elizabeth II’s row-barge, Gloriana. - May 2017

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LGM debuts 660hp electric powerboat for US market

LGM, a subsidiary of Leo Motors, has unveiled its proprietary new electric powerboat at the 2017 Busan International Boat Show in South Korea. - May 2017

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ABB to power and remotely monitor new BW Group LNG FSRU vessel

ABB will supply the power and electric propulsion system to BW Group’s new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), which will also be remotely connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers. - May 2017

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Toyota tests Japan’s first hybrid leisure boat in Tokyo

Japanese car maker Toyota has developed Japan’s first leisure craft with a parallel hybrid system and will conduct a feasibility study from July 2018 to March 2021 in Tokyo. - May 2017

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Finland’s oldest ferry converted to all-electric power

Föri ferry, the oldest operating ferry in Finland, has become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with an electric propulsion system. The Föri initially entered service in 1904 after the city of Turku commissioned local shipyard Aktiebolaget Vulcan to build a city commuter ferry to take passengers across the Aura River to Åbo. It was officially relaunched last month. - May 2017

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Saft to supply Li-ion batteries for RRS Sir David Attenborough polar vessel

Saft will supply two Seanergy lithium-ion battery systems to Rolls-Royce Marine for integration in the hybrid propulsion system for polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough. - May 2017

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