California-based Bay Ship and Yacht Co. has secured a contract to build the first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel in the US for Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine. The vessel is expected to be delivered and in service by September 2019 and will operate on the San Francisco Bay.
ClassNK announced release of the second edition of its Guidelines for Liquefied Gas Carrier Structures – Independent Prismatic Tanks, specifying the technical requirements related to the structural strength assessments of liquefied gas carriers by using direct calculation.
Hyundai Merchant Marine signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Global Services to install scrubbers on an undisclosed number of vessels. According to the MoU, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group will supply ‘Ship Desulfurization Facility’ to Hyundai Merchant Marine, while Hyundai Global Service will design work the desulphurization systems.
A new feasibility study, led by Sandia National Laboratories with naval architect Glosten, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and DNV GL, assessed the technical, regulatory, and economic feasibility of a coastal research vessel powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells, to make marine research pollution-free.
The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, through the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme has allocated 3.8m EUR to a consortium, to present suction bucket technology with focus on industrialising suction bucket technology. The overall target is to limit the cost of foundation construction and installation by 40%.
Northeast Dredging Equipment Company has completed the installation of two cleaner diesel engines on a floating crane, as part of a legal settlement reached in April 2017 for alleged violations of the US Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced.
As part of its commitment to ensure safety in Canadian waters, the Government of Canada announced plans for acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers. The first ship will be put to immediate use for icebreaking during the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
South Korean shipbuilder DSME announced that it has launched the world’s first LNG carriers using a full re-liquefaction system that completely re-liquefies the evaporative gas generated from LNG carriers. The company also delivered the world’s first LNG cargo ship with partial liquefaction system in 2016.
The US Navy informed that it is developing a new ship coating that will reduce fuel and energy costs. Namely, the Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work by Dr. Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, to create an omniphobic coating. This coating is clear and can be applied to numerous surfaces.
Port Glasgow based Ferguson Marine along with the University of St Andrews will construct the world’s first hydrogen ferry, called ‘HySeas III’. The development of the vessel is expected to cost around €12.6 million, and will begin constructions on 1 July 2018. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity.
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