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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced that Arnstein Andreassen has joined the company to develop marine energy storage markets. - July 2017
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
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
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
Hamburg-based transport company HADAG has announced that it has put a new diesel-electric harbour ferry into operation - July 2017
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
Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards a contract to construct two new diesel-electric ferries. - June 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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