An all-electric ferry, able to carry around 30 vehicles and 200 passengers has carried out its maiden voyage. Namely, the e-ferry Ellen sailed between the Ports of Soby and Fynshav, located on the islands of Aero and Als in Denmark.
With the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft, work has started on the next cruise ship for AIDA Cruises. Like the AIDAnova that was delivered at the end of 2018, this ship will be equipped with an environmentally friendly LNG propulsion system.
Hurtigruten announced that three of its vessels will be transformed to premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships. Retrofitted with battery packs and other green technology, the three ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.
Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), based in Antwerp, and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) announced their collaboration to construct a hydrogen-powered ferry. TFC will bring its state-of-the-are shipbuilding expertise, whereas CMB Technologies will bring their knowledge on marine hydrogen systems.
The University of Western Australia teamed up with Perth-based start-up company Electro.Aero, and funding sponsor Galaxy Resources, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer. The zero-emission vessel operates rising above the water.
New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland announced the signing of a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. This comes in line with the port’s commitment to be zero emission by 2040, as previously announced.
K Line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha LTD., announced that joined an approval in principle (AIP) with Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., for the concept design of an LNG-fuelled Ore Carrier from DNV GL.
Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft announced delivery of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, ‘Color Hybrid’, to Oslo-based company Color Line, on 1st August. The ship represents an important milestone for its innovative and new environmentally friendly solutions.
The municipality of Heligoland in North Germany announced the first conversion of a traditional boarding boat to electric propulsion in a bid to respond to the environmental requirements of the future. Today there are only 11 börteboote still in service.
Samsung Heavy Industries Co., one the major shipbuilders in South Korea, informed on July 29, that it has created a lithium-ion battery power system for ships. According to the company, the battery system can be implemented to any type of ships.
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