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DNV GL approves Hudong-Zhonghua largest gas-fueled vessel design

The shipbuilding company, Hudong-Zhonghua was awarded with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate from DNV GL for its largest gas-fueled 25000TEU Ultra Large Container vessel (ULCS) design at the CSSC booth. The award ceremony was held at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai.

New hybrid cruise ship successes sea trials

Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship called “MS Fridtjof Nansen” has completed sea trials and will be ready to voyage earlier than expected, ahead of the planned April 1st inaugural voyage.

Norsepower, SWS develop energy-efficient VLCC project

Norsepower Oy Ltd., announces a joint development project with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Ship Building Co., Ltd (SWS) both developing an energy efficient dual fuel very large crude carrier (VLCC) design, aiming to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Under the agreement, Rotor Sails were implemented in the VLCC design for improving the fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Shaft generators help limit shipping emissions

In a statement, Wärtsilä highlights that it has been a stellar year for its shaft generators, generating power for a ship’s auxiliary systems from its main engines, which can also be used to reduce shipping emissions. Michael Kranz, Manager, Shaft Generator Systems & Cargo, overseeing a department of eight engineers at Wärtsilä’s Marine Electrical Systems highlighted that “last week, we reached 500 units sold, an incredible milestone. In the same week, we sold a comprehensive (holistic) hybrid system to a series of hybrid RoRo vessels. After a relatively slow start to the year, we are now seeing a big increase in these systems being specified by owners interested in reducing emissions and fuel costs.”

Turbochargers for reportedly world’s largest two-stroke dual-fuel engine

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., Ltd. announced its delivery MET Turbochargers for one the largest two-stroke dual-fuel X-DF engine, 12X92DF. Behind the engine’s development was the Winterthur Gas & Diesel and responsible for the establishment was the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

Water buoy to assist in predicting tsunamis

A new shallow water buoy, has been tested from the geoscientists of the University of South Florida (USF). After the examination, the geoscientists resulted that the water buoy can detect small movements and Earth’s seafloor changes, which usually lead to natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanoes.

UECC secures green finance for battery hybrid PCTCs

United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, inked a deal for three generation pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group and secured green finance for the deal.

MOL Group plans to build Japan’s first LNG fueled ferries

Japanese MOL and its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited revealed plans to construct the first two LNG-fueled ferries in Japan. MOL plans to order the Sunflower Kurenai and the Sunflower Murasaki from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December. 

HHI launches simplified power system for containerships

Hyundai Heavy Industries launched a simplified power system to be used by 15,000 TEU containerships, and received Approval in Principle by DNV GL. Traditionally, for conventional containerships, onboard electrical equipment is powered at a low voltage level. Yet, as containerships are becoming bigger, this means that the electricity they consume is increased.

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