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World’s first river vessel running on hydrogen fuel cells

ABB announced it will provide a solution for a newbuild vessel that operates along the Rhône river in France to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells. The vessel’s overall energy chain will be emission-free. The vessel is planned for delivery in 2021.

Tests from Rotor Sail technology on Viking Grace indicate savings

Norsepower Oy Ltd. announced that independent test results showed that Norsepower’s Rotor Sail technology has the potential to deliver savings on the Viking Line-owned and operated M/S Viking Grace. Long term LNG marine fuel savings is expected to be up to about 300 tonnes on annual basis.

Jan De Nul launches fourth ultra-low emission vessel

Jan De Nul Group announced the launch of its fourth low-emission vessel in Singapore. The vessel is the 6,000 m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Sanderus built at the Keppel Offshore & Marine shipyard. Sanderus combines a shallow draught with high manoeuvrability, making her very suitable for working in confined areas.

Report summarizes air lubrication technology for shipping

ABS published a report, providing an introduction to air lubrication technology for shipbuilders, shipowners, and other interested parties. In the paper, ABS presents a summary of reported full-scale sea trials and current developments. Air lubrication systems are recognized by IMO as a Category B-1 “Innovative Energy Efficiency Technology” as described in MEPC.1/Circ.815.

Electric catamarans introduced for Polar water exploration

Hurtigruten launched silent, electric-powered and emission-free catamarans. The company has collaborated with Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, in order to introduced the battery powered catamarans, which are custom built for Polar water exploration. Starting operations in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate in daily ocean excursions from Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard.

EU grants USD 5.6 million for two hydrogen-fueled ships

EU awarded 5 million euros to the European innovation project Flagships, under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, to support construction of two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels, one in Lyon, France and one in Stavanger, Norway.

Wind Win Win: Environment, Engineering and Economics

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Conference, Ms Diane Gilpin, Founder/CEO, Green Shipping Alliance, highlights the benefits of wind technology for the shipping industry. Ms. Gilpin says that the abundance of wind is a great, proven source of propulsive energy, and it can support significant GHG emissions reduction.

Spirit of Vancouver Island back in operation after LNG conversion

BC Ferries’ Spirit of Vancouver is back on service after its mid-life upgrade, it now runs on LNG. The ship is the second Spirit Class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG. The vessel will now operate for another 25 years and is an example of the company’s adoption of clean technology.

Alfa Laval stresses competitiveness of LPG

Alfa Laval announced that, in partnership with MAN Energy Solutions, the Alfa Laval Fuel Conditioning Module (FCM) LPG has undergone successful tests with the first two-stroke, high-pressure marine engine to use LPG as fuel – and has been evaluated for use with ammonia.

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