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Order made for world’s first mega-container ship retrofit to LNG

Hapag-Lloyd ordered the world’s first mega-container vessel, MV SAJIR, retrofit to LNG from MAN Energy Solutions. The pilot project will include the conversion of the current HFO-burning engine to a dual-fuel prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit of MV SAJIR will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.

Joint Industry Project to tackle wind turbine blade erosion

DNV GL launched a Joint Industry Project with ten commercial partners to develop a Comprehensive methodology for Blade Rain erosion Analysis (COBRA). The project aspires to get an insight into the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of foreign objects, such as raindrops, and identify how best to develop protection systems.

LNG-powered survey vessel floated out by German shipyard

The first LNG-fueled survey vessel ‘ATAIR’ was floated in Kiel after being built for 16 months. The vessel was built for the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The survey vessel will be used for wreck search and underwater surveying. The new built is expected to be delivered to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in spring 2020.

Watch: The first frames of CEIBA presented

El AstilleroVerde – SAILCARGO Inc based on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica made the first frame of their vessel, the 148-foot (45-meter) long tallship, Ceiba, completely by hand. This highlights the beginning of the construction of the three masted square-topsail schooner, which is designed to carry cargo along the west coast of the Americas.

World’s largest battery package launched

A Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems signed a contract according to which it will be provided with the world’s largest battery package for hybrid-powered vessels. The technology will be installed onboard Havila Kystruten’s environmentally-friendly coastal vessels.

Construction of first LNG-fueled cruise ship continues

Costa Smeralda’s construction is continuing at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The cruise ship belongs to Costa Cruise’s fleet and it’s the the first cruise ship for the world market, specifically in Europe, to be fuelled, both in port and while at sea, by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

EU invests over €10 billion in innovative clean technologies

On 26 February, the European Commission announced an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. This seeks to ensure that Europe continues to be at the top of the league as regards new high-value patents for clean energy technologies. 

​World’s first hybrid cruise ship conducts sea trial

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen is nearing completion at Kleven Yard. The world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship completed its first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway. The cruise ship is for the time being undergoing its final outfitting, alongside MS Fridtjof Nansen at Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

Port of Vancouver expands noise reduction features in protection of whales

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has expanded its industry-leading EcoAction Program, encouraging vessels that call on the Port of Vancouver to quiet the waters for the endangered whale population along the southern coast of British Columbia. Specifically, the program got into force on January 1, 2019. 

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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