As part of NYK’s attempt to achieve ship decarbonization, the company announced that it is planning a new ship called ‘NYK Super Eco Ship 2050’, which will try to meet this goal. The vessel will use solar panels, alternative fuels such fuel cells, while it will weight less than conventional ships, thus requiring less energy.
ABS, OceanFinance and Scorpius Space Launch Company will collaborate on the SPACE TECH4SEA project to adapt technologies developed for the space industry to LNG shipping. The project aims to apply composite technology as an alternative in LNG as marine fuel designs.
Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine announced the beginning of construction of the ‘Water-Go-Round’, the first-of-its-kind hydrogen fuel cell boat, representing a global paradigm for the advantages of hydrogen fuel cells in the commercial maritime industry. When launched in mid-2019 the Water-Go-Round will be the first fuel cell vessel in the US and the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world.
The world’s largest battery-hybrid ship, ‘Color Hybrid’, has arrived at Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft in Norway for final stages of completion. The vessel is to be delivered to Color Line approximately in mid-2019, when it will start servicing the Sandefjord and Strömstad route, improving the line between Norway and Sweden.
The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, ‘Kairos’, was delivered this week to Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between UK-based Babcock and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). The first cut of steel was completed in November 2017 at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea and the keel was laid in early 2018.
The US Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued a circular to outline how the Coast Guard will enforce MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 188.8.131.52 due to the unavailability of engines needed to comply with this regulation.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced construction of the world’s first fast passenger and cargo ferry powered by dual-LNG engines, being built in the Armon de Gijón shipyard. With a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters, the new catamaran will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and 500 cars, which also makes it ‘the longest and highest-capacity fast ferry catamaran’.
On 22 October 2018, Sovcomflot’s crude oil tanker ‘Gagarin Prospect’, which runs on LNG, completed its voyage across the Baltic and North Seas from Primorsk to Rotterdam. The ship delivered 104,815 tonnes of crude oil. ‘Gagarin Prospect’ is the world’s first Aframax crude oil tanker designed to operate on LNG.
The Port of Amsterdam announced collaboration with Nouryon and Tata Steel to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region. The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy.
The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel has started its voyage from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard shipyard in South Korea to its primary area of operation in Northwest Europe, on 17 October. ‘Kairos’, with an LNG capacity of 7,500 m³, will be ready for operations by the end of 2018.
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