Norwegian ferry company Norled announced it has won a contract for the development, construction and operation of the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry, where at least 50% of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen. Today, there are no comparable hydrogen powered vessels in operation.
New Zeland’s McKay announced in a statement that they are to develop and implement the country’s first plug-in fully electrical ferry along SSC Marine, which is planned to be built in Wellington. According to the company, the ferry is the first of its king in New Zealand and also in the entire southern hemisphere.
Stockholm shipping company Waxholmsbolaget has launched Stockholm’s first hybrid ice-going passenger ferry. The ship is powered by hybrid electric propulsion and is serving the Stockholm archipelago. It is able to transport up to 150 passengers. The ferry will help Stockholm become a fossil fuel-free city by 2040.
The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency will collaborate with Toyota Motor Corp. to build a fishing boat fueled by hydrogen fuel cells, that are able to emit zero CO2. FRA will start designing the body of the ship in 2019 and will perform ocean testing in 2022.
A research paper focused on the analysis of solar power trials on-board the high speed RoRo vessel Blue Star Delos. The paper, published in the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology, notes that a low-voltage marine solar power system is able to ensure a continuous stable supply of power.
As part of its commitment to environmental performance, Japanese NYK announced it will receive 2 billion yen from Taiyo Life Insurance Company as a green loan to finance the construction of its first methanol-fueled chemical tanker at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced that one of its two newest LNG-fueled ferries, ‘Hypatia of Alejandría’, has recently received its first supply of LNG in the Port of Venice. When it starts operations in the beginning of 2019, the ship will be the first LNG-fueled ferry to operate in the Mediterranean.
Brittany Ferries’ new LNG-fueled cruise ferry ‘Honfleur’ was launched to the water for the first time at a traditional ceremony at the FSG shipyard in Flensburg, Germany. The vessel is expected to act as an environmental pioneer on the English Channel, as it will be the first ship on the Channel to be powered by LNG, when it enters service in summer 2019.
German cruise shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced that it has delivered the world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship to AIDA Cruises. ‘AIDANova’ is the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany, setting new standards in terms of environmental sustainability as the LNG technology is expected to significantly reduce emissions.
MAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen. MAN Cryo developed the system with the cooperation of Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway. The system allows the adaptation for different shipping types.
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