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MAN, DSME, HSD Engine team up on engine digitization

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), ship engines provider HSD Engine (HSD) and German MAN Energy Solutions signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the field of marine engine systems digitization.

UK invests in energy weapons for the Royal Navy

The UK Ministry of Defence announced investment in the development of advanced energy weapons, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), which are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. The systems could be fueled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator.

New superfast charging system for electric ferries unveiled

Swedish power company Vattenfall and marine propulsion provider Echandia Marine announced development of a new system for electric ferries, designed to provide superfast charging, while minimizing emissions and lowering operational and maintenance costs.

New eco-yacht launched for navigation in marine protected areas

The Italian shipyard VSY launched a motor yacht that incorporates environmental systems to allow navigation in marine protected areas. The 64 meter-long motor yacht Atomic is equipped with a dynamic positioning system designed to minimize the impact on the seabed when anchoring.

AG Ems signs for conversion of another ferry to LNG

Holland-based shipyard Royal Niestern Sander announced the signing of an agreement with the ferry company AG Ems for the conversion of another passenger ferry to LNG propulsion. The shipyard receives some funding from the European Regional Development Fund of the EU for this process.

Wärtsilä accomplishes tech-benchmark with bulk carriers’ hybrid installation

Wärtsilä accomplished a new technology benchmark, by launching the marine sector’s first hybrid installation for a bulk carrier. The system will be installed on the M/V Paolo Topic, a bulk carrier constructed at Japanese Onomichi Dockyard and managed by Marfin Management S.A.M. The project agreement was signed on July 8 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

FCR batteries for ship and offshore use receive acceptance

Eco Marine Power along with the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan announced that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries have been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The FCR series of batteries will now be used as appropriate for EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries as needed.

New propeller concept to reduce underwater noise

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully adapted a propeller concept used in naval applications, aiming to provide operational and environmental benefits to commercial shipping customers. By deploying such a technology can significantly reduce cavitation-induced noise and erosion risk.

Hybrid power module solution now operational on escort tug

Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module solution, the Wärtsilä HY, is now operating on the ‘Vilja’, an escort tug owned by the Swedish port of Luleå. The tug was constructed at Gondan Shipbuilders in Asturias, Spain and was delivered in the end of June 2019, after successfully conducting commissioning and sea trials.

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