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Corvus Energy achieves ISO 14001:2015 certification

Corvus Energy has achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification for its environmental management systems and processes. - March 2018

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Century-old tall ship to be retrofitted with hybrid-electric propulsion system

Rolls-Royce has announced that it will install a hybrid power system on board 104-year-old Norwegian sail-training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, while Norwegian state-owned company Enova will provide more than US$520,000 in financial support to equip the historic square rigger with shipboard battery power. - March 2018

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GE to provide full propulsion system to Chilean Navy icebreaker

GE’s Marine Solutions has been chosen by Asmar Shipyards to provide an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navy’s new Antarctic icebreaking Polar Class vessel. - March 2018

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ABB wins total solution order for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings’ first polar new-build

ABB will deliver the full scope of power, automation, propulsion and digital solutions for the new Lindblad Expeditions Holdings explorer vessel that will take passengers on exploration cruises in remote polar areas.
- March 2018

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Torqeedo launches new Ultralight 403 C electric outboard

A new, longer-running model of Torqeedo’s smallest electric outboard with integrated lithium battery has been launched. The Ultralight 403 C boasts a 915Wh battery, which offers 2.85 times the battery capacity compared with the standard Ultralight 403 with 320Wh battery, while adding 1.7kg to the overall weight. - March 2018

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World’s largest DynaRig sailing yacht delivered

Oceanco, a Dutch builder of custom superyachts in the 80-140m range, has delivered the largest DynaRig sailing yacht in the world to a private client. - March 2018

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DNV GL launches lithium-ion battery research initiative

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a joint development project (JDP) designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. - March 2018

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Yanmar diesel engine paired with Transfluid Hybrid propulsion system

Yanmar Marine has revealed its new diesel engine, the 6LY440, which is assembled with Transfluid’s hybrid propulsion system, following one year on a test bench and one year of trials on board the Yanmar EX38 single-screw sport-fishing cruiser in the Sea of Japan. - March 2018

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Nominations still open: Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2018

Time is nearly up to make your nominations for this year’s Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, which will be presented at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, held 27-29 June in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. - March 2018

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EST-Floattech receives DNV GL type approval for energy storage systems

Dutch energy storage solutions manufacturer EST-Floattech has received DNV GL type approval for its Green Orca High Energy battery system, which features a passive protection system capable of withstanding a full thermal runaway. - March 2018

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PBES powers Norway’s newest battery-electric ferries

PBES has announced the installation of two 1MWh battery systems aboard M/F Gloppefjord and Eidsfjord, Norway’s latest battery-electric ferries, which service the E39 highway route on the 2km (1.2 miles) crossing between the Anda and Lote docks. - February 2018

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Scandlines hybrid ferry improves environmental performance

Danish-German shipping company Scandlines has put a complete seawater cooling system into operation on its diesel-electric passenger and vehicle ferry, M/V Berlin, to further improve its environmental performance. Installation on sister vessel M/V Copenhagen is currently in progress.

Installed at the end of last year, Hasytec’s Ultrasound’s Dynamic Biofilm Protection (DBP) system optimises the hybrid vessel’s seawater cooling systems during the summer, when the temperature of the Baltic Sea increases and the vessel sails at a higher speed due to higher numbers of passengers. It is also said to lead to a reduction in maintenance. - February 2018

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Hurtigruten launches new hybrid cruise ship

The new hybrid-powered cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen, being built for Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten, was launched at Kleven Yards in Ulsteinvik, Norway, on February 17. Following its delivery in the summer of 2018, the ship will deploy on expedition voyages to Antarctica and the Chilean fjords in its 2018/2019 inaugural season.

The unit is a part of Hurtigruten’s two-vessel order, placed with Kleven in April 2016. The deal includes two more options, which would be handed over to their owner in 2019. Featuring a length of 450ft (140m) and a width of 77.5ft (23.6m), the two ships, named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, will be able to accommodate 530 passengers and 151 crew members. Both set for delivery in the summer of 2018, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen are intended for voyages in polar waters and will have strengthened hulls for traversing ice. - February 2018

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Akasol and Diesel Center to deliver new compact hybrid power systems for superyachts

European battery system manufacturer Akasol has announced a partnership with yacht propulsion developer Diesel Center to deliver a new range of compact hybrid power systems, called E-Motion, for the superyacht industry.

The two companies agreed on a distribution partnership earlier this year, initially for yacht manufacturers in Italy. In February, Akasol delivered eight of its high-performance AKASYSTEM 15 OEM storage systems – each capable of 150kWp / 25kW – to the Italian market. The first customer for Diesel Center’s 300kW hybrid drive system is Italian firm Sanlorenzo, which will incorporate the system into its 105ft-long (32m) superyacht SL 106 Hybrid project. - February 2018

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Torqeedo and WhisperPower cooperate on new generator for Deep Blue Hybrid propulsion system

Torqeedo has announced a new 25kW range extender for its Deep Blue Hybrid propulsion system, optimised for commercial operations and applications that require extended motoring and developed in cooperation with WhisperPower. The 350V DC converter generator boasts a Mitsubishi S4Q2 four-cylinder diesel engine with crankshaft starting. - February 2018

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Corvus Energy to power first hybrid PSVs in Gulf of Mexico

Corvus Energy has been selected by Seacor Marine and Kongsberg Maritime to supply lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for four platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with hybrid power systems. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the electrical network of each PSV’s propulsion and dynamic positioning system. - February 2018

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Washburn & Doughty awarded hybrid Z-drive tug contract

Washburn & Doughty, a boat builder based in East Boothbay, Maine, USA, has been selected by Louisiana-based Harbor Docking and Towing to build two new 93ft (28.3m) hybrid Z-drive tugs, called Harbor Assist Vessels (HAVs).

The new HAVs will feature Caterpillar Marine’s stem-to-stern hybrid propulsion system, which includes twin Cat 3512E main engines, each producing 2,550hp at 1,800rpm, two C18 generator sets, sparking 565kW of electrical power, a C7.1 generator set, producing 200kW of electrical power, shaft lines, MTA 628 azimuth drives with Cu-Ni-Al bronze 2,800mm propellers and water-cooled thruster motors. - February 2018

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US$14.5m contract awarded for all-electric high-speed passenger vessel in Norway

Rogaland County Municipality and NCE Maritime CleanTech have been awarded a US$14.5m (€11.7m) contract by the European Commission (EC) to develop an all-electric high-speed passenger vessel to operate between Stavanger and Hommersåk on the west coast of Norway.

This is one of the largest amounts to have been awarded to a single project in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, and will help boost Norwegian production of zero-emission vessels. The project, which will commence in the spring and last for four years once the contract with the EC has been signed, will also conduct two studies for the same type of vessel in London and the inland waterways of Belgium. - February 2018

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Boreal and Wärtsilä to develop hydrogen-powered ferries

Ferry operator Boreal Sjø and technology group Wärtsilä have agreed to work together to develop hydrogen-powered ferries.
- February 2018

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Rolls-Royce to provide tug sector with its first hybrid system

Rolls-Royce will supply the tug boat sector with its first hybrid propulsion arrangement, for installation to a multi-purpose tractor tug undergoing construction for Baydelta Maritime LLC. The vessel is being built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, in Washington State, USA.

The order represents the first hybrid tug using Rolls-Royce hybrid technology, the first installation of a hybrid system for Nichols Brothers and the first hybrid tug designed by Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm. - February 2018

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Boreal orders battery-electric car and passenger ferry

Norwegian public transport operator Boreal has awarded a contract to shipbuilder Vard for the construction of a new battery-powered car and passenger ferry.

Being designed by Multi Maritime for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords, the all-electric vessel will measure 74m (243ft) in length and will have a total capacity of up to 60 cars and 199 passengers and crew.

Delivery of the ferry is scheduled from Vard Brevik in Norway in Q3 2019 and operations will commence in Norway in January 2020, crossing Kvanndal-Utne on the Norwegian west coast, where Boreal has been awarded a nine-year contract with the Norwegian Government.
- January 2018

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Certification scheme to recognise inland zero-emissions vessels

Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a Platinum label for ships operating emission-free.

“Technologies are rapidly developing and technological progress allows yet better performance. Operating with zero emissions is coming closer and offers opportunity to eliminate ship-specific emission footprint,” explained Green Award. “Therefore, Green Award launches a Platinum label for inland navigation ships that keep abreast of the times and operate several hours a day with zero emissions of CO2, SOx, NOx and PM.” - January 2018

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME and Wärtsilä sign MoU to develop power and propulsion solution

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co (MHI-MME) and Wärtsilä have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a new energy solution that produces greater power generation capacity and higher propeller propulsion for marine vessels.

By integrating MHI-MME’s waste heat recovery and energy-saving power generation system (WHRS) with Wärtsilä’s operational control technology for shaft generator systems, the new solution has been designed to result in more energy-efficient ship navigation and an improved energy efficiency design index (EEDI).

According to a statement released by both companies, a “notable innovation is the combining of a power take-off/take-in (PTO/PTI) shaft generator system with WHRS to improve the stability of the WHRS”. Depending on the load of the main engine and the ship’s network, the WHRS sometimes produces electrical energy in excess of that needed by the network. Such energy can be utilised via the PTO/PTI generator to drive the propeller shaft. - January 2018

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SEACOSCO PSV new-builds to be outfitted with battery energy storage systems

SEACOSCO Offshore, a joint venture between Seacor Marine and Cosco Shipping Group, has contracted Rolls-Royce Marine to outfit six new-build platform supply vessels (PSVs) with bunker-saving battery energy storage systems.

In relation to the new-builds, SEACOSCO has entered into contracts for the purchase of eight Rolls-Royce-designed PSVs from Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry. SEACOSCO is set to take title to seven of the PSVs in 2018 and eight in 2019.

SEACOSCO will be funded 30% with equity and 70% with debt financing secured by the PSVs on a non-recourse basis to the equity owners. Aggregate total consideration for the eight PSVs, including the battery system, is approximately US$161.1m. Seacor Marine’s total cash outlay is approximately US$22.4m, with approximately US$20m payable in the first quarter of 2018 and the balance due over the next 14 months as vessels and the Rolls-Royce battery equipment are delivered. - January 2018

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Eco Marine Power and Teramoto Iron Works sign patent licence agreement

Japan-based renewable energy technology company Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a patent licence agreement with Teramoto Iron Works Ltd concerning patents related to EMP’s EnergySail and Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) fuel-saving and emissions-reduction solutions.

Teramoto Iron Works was selected in 2016 to manufacture the first production version of EMP’s EnergySail ¬– an automated rigid sail device that enables ships to utilise wind power to reduce fuel consumption and lower vessel emissions – and this latest agreement between the two companies “paves the way to full commercial production once sea trials have been completed”. - January 2018

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Global aluminium supplier acquires ownership stake in Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy has finalised an investment deal with Norwegian aluminium supplier Hydro. Through the private placement, Hydro has purchased 25.9% of the shares in Corvus Energy, which is jointly held by BW Group, Statoil Technology Invest and investors affiliated with El Cuervo Holdings Limited Partnership.

“We see that energy storage and battery solutions are an increasingly important part of the future of energy systems, and as a significant energy player – both as a power producer and consumer of energy – we want Hydro to be developing this industry further,” said executive VP for energy and business development at Hydro, Arvid Moss. - January 2018

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Wärtsilä to supply HY hybrid modules to Swedish port tug

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply two Wärtsilä HY 2 hybrid power modules for a new escort tug being built for the Swedish port of Luleå, on the Gulf of Bothnia at the northern end of the Baltic Sea. The vessel is being built at Gondan Shipbuilders, in Asturias, Spain, and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in December 2017. When launched in early 2019, it will become the first vessel operating with a Wärtsilä HY solution.

It will be capable of operating on electrical battery power when in transit, and although it is configured as a mechanical set-up, the hybrid diesel-electric mode will allow the number of prime movers utilised to be reduced to just one for various operational tasks. These include ship assist with a bollard pull of up to 55 tonnes, or 90 tonnes on two main engines in diesel-mechanical mode. A bollard pull of 100 tonnes will be available when in boost mode. - January 2018

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Rolls-Royce opens autonomous ship R&D facility in Finland

Rolls-Royce has opened a research and development facility in Turku, Finland to develop autonomous ship technologies. The new Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships enables the OEM and its partners to carry out projects focused on autonomous navigation, the development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.

Speaking at the official opening on 25 January 2018, Rolls-Royce president of marine, Mikael Makinen, said, “I’m proud to say that the R&D Centre is now up and running and that all stakeholders, partners and customers will be able to see here what a remote-controlled and autonomous maritime future could look like, and work with us to shape the future.”
- January 2018

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Cavotec connects Asia’s first electric ferry to electrical power

Cavotec’s charging technologies have connected Asia’s first all-electric ferry to electrical power, helping to eliminate emissions and reduce operating costs.

The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and entered service last year, is fully electrically powered. This follows the introduction of a hybrid ferry earlier in 2017. - January 2018

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Vard to build US$323m dual-fuel hybrid-electric cruise icebreaker for Ponant

Vard has secured a US$323m contract for the design and construction of a dual-fuel hybrid-electric cruise icebreaker for French cruise company Ponant. The hull will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania and delivery is scheduled from Vard Søviknes in Norway, in Q2 2021.

Developed by Ponant, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and Vard, the luxury polar expedition vessel – called Ponant Icebreaker – will be the first hybrid-electric cruise icebreaker with dual-fuel propulsion, featuring high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board. It will weigh approximately 30,000 tonnes, measure about 150m (492ft) long, 28m (92ft) wide and have a cruise speed of 15kts (17mph) in open water.

The Polar Class 2 icebreaker, which is designed to take passengers to polar destinations such as the true geographic North Pole, the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island, can accommodate 270 passengers in 135 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 180 people. The vessel will also be equipped with two helicopters in in-house hangars. - January 2018

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US$125m electric container vessels to connect Netherlands and Belgium

Dutch company Port-Liner has told The Loadstar that it is building two all-electric inland barges worth approximately US$125m. Set for operation this autumn, the vessels will sail via inland waterways between the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Vossenberg West in Tilburg, Belgium.

Each of the container ships, which measure 100 x 11.4m (328 x 37.4ft), can carry up to 270 containers and operate for a period of approximately 34 hours thanks to a battery pack stored in a container that can either be swapped or charged at a terminal.

“This allows us to retrofit barges already in operation, which is a big boost for the industry’s green energy credentials,” Port-Liner chief executive Ton van Meegen told The Loadstar. “The containers are charged onshore by carbon-free energy provider Eneco, which sources solar power, windmills and renewables.” - January 2018

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Torqeedo powers San Antonio River Walk passenger barge fleet

A new fleet of 43 custom river barges ordered by the city of San Antonio, Texas, from Superior, Wisconsin-based Lake Assault Boats for operation on the San Antonio River Walk, are powered by electric propulsion systems from Torqeedo. - December 2017

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CMB launches world’s first dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel passenger shuttle

Having completed sea trials in November and received a Certificate of Class from Lloyd’s Register, Belgian shipping company Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has launched the world’s first hydrogen-diesel passenger shuttle, Hydroville. - December 2017

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ABS publishes new guidance on energy storage

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services, has published its ‘Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Supercapacitor Guide)’ to support safe application of hybrid power in the marine and offshore industries. - December 2017

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Fully electric cargo ship launched in Guangzhou

A 2,000-metric-ton all-electric cargo ship has been launched in Guangzhou, China. Manufactured by Guangzhou Shipyard International, the 70.5m (230ft) vessel uses a 2,400kWh battery system comprised of 1,000 individual lithium-ion packs. - December 2017

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Corvus Energy secures contract for new Norwegian battery-electric ferry

Corvus Energy has been chosen by total system integrator Norwegian Electric System (NES) to supply a lithium-ion-based energy storage system (ESS) for a new all-electric ferry being built by Fjellstrand for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1. - December 2017

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Research partnership aims to enable zero-emission ships

A new R&D project involving Rolls-Royce, Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration has received a US$705,000 grant from the Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX programme. - December 2017

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ABB’s first Azipod D propulsion system now in operation

An 8,000kW rescue tug, the first vessel installed with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system, has been delivered to customer Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. - December 2017

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Wärtsilä launches HY hybrid tug design for Chinese market

Technology group Wärtsilä has adapted its hybrid tug design to meet the needs of the Chinese market. This version of the Wärtsilä HYTug, which was announced at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai earlier this month, has received an Approval-in-Principle recognition by the China Classification Society. - December 2017

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Caterpillar Marine to develop hybrid tug with Sanmar Shipyards

Caterpillar Marine has announced a collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards in Istanbul, Turkey to build a tugboat with a hydraulic hybrid propulsion system. - December 2017

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New Norwegian autonomous shipping testbed opens

An official autonomous shipping testbed has opened in Horten, on the coast of Norway, representing an important new resource for Kongsberg’s ongoing development of technology for projects such as the YARA Birkeland all-electric, autonomous container ship. - December 2017

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PBES earns ISO 9001:2015 certification

PBES (Plan B Energy Storage) has been awarded certification to the ISO 9001:2015 standard by DNV GL Business Assurance Norway AS.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the safest, highest-quality industrial energy storage products,” said Brent Perry, CEO, PBES. “By obtaining the ISO 9001:2015 certification, we are demonstrating our commitment to our clients’ successes, as well as our dedication to making our own organisation more efficient. As a result, we can better serve our customers and make our own operations more efficient.” - November 2017

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Corvus Energy to power hybrid offshore oil and gas PSVs

Corvus Energy has been selected as the supplier of lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for two platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with hybrid power systems.

The Orca Energy ESS, which recently received Type Approval (Certificate No. TAE000026N, valid to August 2022) by DNV-GL for use in battery-powered or hybrid vessels and offshore units, will supply electrical power to each PSV’s propulsion system electrical network to enable environmentally friendly, lower-cost operations. The two Havila-owned vessels are part of a larger group of PSVs that were awarded long-term charter contracts by Statoil, on the condition that they convert to hybrid power operations using batteries. - November 2017

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Bakker Sliedrecht to deliver electrical power package for next-generation offshore installation vessel

Bakker Sliedrecht has been awarded a contract for the engineering, delivery and commissioning of the main electrical power package of the offshore installation vessel Orion. The DP3 vessel will be built at COSCO Qidong in China and delivered to DEME subsidiary GeoSea in 2019. It will then be deployed by GeoSea for the construction of large offshore wind farms and to deliver offshore construction services.

With a total installed electrical power of 44,180kW, Orion will be equipped with a high-tech
crane with a lifting capacity of 3,000 tonnes at more than 50m. The loads can be lifted to
a height of more than 170m.
- November 2017

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ABB to deliver first fuel cell system for Royal Caribbean

ABB has announced it will deliver its first fuel cell system to be piloted on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. This will be the first fuel cell system to provide an energy source for a luxury cruise ship.

The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100kW of energy, and has been fully developed, marinised, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. - November 2017

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Norled orders world’s first hybrid catamarans for use in commercial traffic

Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat operators, has ordered two 24m diesel-electric catamarans from shipyard GS Marine. Upon entering service, the vessels will be the world’s first hybrid catamarans to be used in commercial traffic.

Designed by naval architect Ingebjørn Aasheim, the catamarans will accommodate 86 passengers and be capable of speeds of up to 20kts. They will enter operation on two different routes in Røværsambandet, Norway, from 1 January 2019, between Haugesund and Røvær, and between Feøy, Haugesund and Kveitevik. - November 2017

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NES to deliver diesel-electric propulsion system for new service operation vessel

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract with Havyard Design & Solutions to deliver a complete diesel-electric propulsion solution for Esvagt’s new HD 831 service operation vessel.

The scope of delivery comprises six generators (615-990kW); two main propulsion motors (1,000kW); two electric motors for tunnel thrusters (1,200kW); Quadro Drive frequency converters; main switchboard (690V-440V-230V); EMSB (690/230V); transformers; blackout safety system; and remote assistance system. In addition, NES is responsible for engineering and commissioning of the system. - November 2017

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ABC’s hybrid propulsion system receives new Bureau Veritas notation

Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), a leading European manufacturer of medium-speed engines, has been issued with approval and a new notation by Bureau Veritas (BV) for its hybrid propulsion solutions.

The approval, which incorporates BV’s new Electric-Hybrid notation – released in July – enables the company to offer serial hybrid propulsion systems with various options – including main engines, complete generator sets, power management systems, alternative power sources and complete propulsion packages – for workboats. Thus, ABC’s propulsion systems offer the three modes described in the new BV notation, namely, PM (Power Management mode), PB (Power Backup mode) and ZE (Zero Emission mode). - November 2017

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Siemens supplies diesel-electric propulsion system for Oregon State University hybrid research vessel

Siemens will supply – on behalf of Louisiana-based Gulf Islands Shipyard – the propulsion system for a Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) operated by Oregon State University (OSU).

The new ship will be equipped with Siemens’ BlueDrive Plus C diesel-electric propulsion (DEP) system from Siemens. The scope of delivery also includes the thrusters, the jet engines and the dynamic positioning system as well as the EcoMain remote diagnostic system, diesel generator units, switchgear and power distribution systems, alarm and monitoring systems.
- November 2017

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Rolls-Royce unveils Crystal Blue hybrid luxury yacht

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of LNG fuel and battery-electric power in the marine leisure market.

Designed for 12+ passengers and 12 crew, the 62m Crystal Blue is based on a composite or aluminium hull operating a powerplant based on Rolls-Royce’s hybrid LNG/battery SAVe-CUBE system configuration. The machinery consists of twin LNG-fuelled 16V4000 MTU M65-N generator sets working in parallel with a battery bank to provide 1MWh of genset-free power during port stays. Two low-weight carbon Azipull thrusters provide propulsive power to achieve maximum service speeds of 20kts.
- November 2017

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Danfoss acquires Visedo

Climate and energy technologies producer Danfoss has announced its acquisition of Finnish electric systems manufacturer Visedo Oy, integrating the company into Danfoss’s Power Solutions business segment. The acquisition includes all Visedo subsidiaries globally and a design and manufacturing site at its headquarters in Lappeenranta. - November 2017

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Wärtsilä moving headquarters to Salmisaari in Helsinki

Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a long-term lease with Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company to relocate its headquarters operations to the Salmisaari district of Helsinki.

Wärtsilä will be moving from Hakaniemi to Salmisaari during summer 2018, providing a modern, nearly 11,000m2 workspace for all of its almost 500 employees working in the capital city area. Eniram, which was acquired by Wärtsilä in the summer of 2016 and is currently based in the Lauttasaari district, will also move into the new premises. - October 2017

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Corvus Energy to power industry’s first hybrid fish farm processing vessel

Corvus Energy has been selected by Wärtsilä as the supplier of a lithium-ion-based energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first full-service hybrid fish farm processing and transport vessel. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the vessel's propulsion system to enable environmentally friendly and lower-cost operations. - October 2017

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The Switch signs partnership agreement with CSIC/711

The Switch and CSIC/711 – the only R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China – have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to provide profitable power generation and drivetrain solutions, including hybrid and battery solutions, to CSIC/711’s clients in the Chinese market.

The agreement is significant, as The Switch is one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with a leading Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate. CSIC/711 operates under the direct jurisdiction of state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), one of China’s largest shipbuilding and ship repair groups. - October 2017

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PBES announces DNV GL type approval

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has received DNV GL type approval of its energy storage system for use in commercial marine, offshore and gas and renewable energy applications.

The approval means that the system, which features cell level liquid cooling, a thermal anti-propagation barrier, gas venting and battery cell re-coring, meets class standards for safety and reliability. - October 2017

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Norwegian Electric Systems to retrofit two vessels with energy storage technology

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract with Havila for two new Quest-2 energy storage systems. The systems will be installed on board Havila Charisma, a Havyard design, HD833L, which was built at Havyard Ship Technology in December 2012, and on board Havila Foresight, an MT 60120 MKII, designed by Marin Teknikk and delivered in December 2007.

Both vessels will be retrofitted with battery containers with an energy capacity of 625kWh and possibilities for extension to 750kWh. The Quest-2 system will be utilised in three different modes: transit/steaming, standby/harbour and dynamic positioning (DP). According to NES, the customer can now expect average savings of 15-20%, with 5-10% offered in transit mode, 20% in standby/harbour mode and 25-30% in DP mode. - October 2017

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Chinese-built Viking Line cruise ferry orders ABB Azipod propulsion

ABB is to provide its Azipod propulsion system for a new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China. The order represents the first installation of Azipod propulsion in a cruise-ferry application. The vessel is to be built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry. The additional scope of ABB’s supply includes electrical power generation and distribution systems, and bow thruster motors.

Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the 13-deck, 63,000 gross ton, 2,800-passenger capacity ship will connect the Finnish port of Turku, the Åland Islands and Stockholm in Sweden Sweden. According to Viking Line, Azipod electrical propulsion is well suited to the high efficiency and fast turnaround required to navigate the archipelago between Finland and Sweden. - October 2017

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Rolls-Royce to supply electric propulsion to ice-class superyacht

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide electric propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice-classified superyacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi.

Rolls-Royce’s electric propulsion technology will enable the vessel to travel up to 6,000 nautical miles at 12kts and to reach a top speed of 17kts. The company’s SAVE Cube system allows the engines to be operated at variable speeds, increasing efficiency and reducing fuel consumption in the different operating conditions. Placing drives, frequency converter and switchboard in a single cabinet also allows easier installation and saves space. - October 2017

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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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