The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) published its 2019 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report, according to which cruise lines have provided up to $22 billion in vessels equipped with energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels.
On 11 September, in central Stockholm, the Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers held a naming ceremony for the green product tanker ‘Thun Venern’, its latest environmentally-friendly tanker capable of running on LNG. The new tanker will enter into the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
In light of the opening of Corvus Energy’s first production plant in Norway, Corvus inked an agreement with AIDA Cruises to electrify the first cruise ship of AIDA Cruises; AIDAperla will be the first ship to be equipped with lithium-ion batteries.
Norwegian operator Hurtigruten announced its expedition cruise ship ‘MS Roald Amundsen’ became the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the Northwest Passage, after completing more than 3.000 nm from the Atlantic to the Pacific using hybrid propulsion, this week.
The state of Washington, represented by Governor Jay Inslee, joined a ceremony held to highlight the beginning of Vigor constructing five hybrid electric ferries by 2028 for Washington State Ferries (WSF), representing the ‘greening’ of its fleet.
ABS has issued a guide to be applied to exhaust emission abatement systems fitted to ABS classed vessels and covering SOx scrubbers, SCR systems and EGR arrangements, together with Exhaust Emissions Monitoring Systems fitted in conjunction with the aforementioned emission abatement systems.
Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions announced it has become a partner of the Bavarian Hydrogen Council, focusing on expanding hydrogen technology in Bavaria. As partner, the company will work with other major players from politics, finance and science to drive the development of hydrogen technology.
Windstar Cruises conducted a steel cutting ceremony for its new ‘MS Star Legend’, on September 5 in Palermo. This is the second of three new mid-ship sections being designed and constructed as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, to expand and transform the line’s three Star-class vessels.
South Korean shipbuilders are giving emphasis on improving their competitiveness in environmentally friendly vessels, including LNG-fueled ships, with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap applying on January 1st. LNG fueled ships are expected to account for over 60% of the worldwide new shipbuilding orders by 2025.
Knud E. Hansen has released its latest design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars. The ship also boasts an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers. The vessel with a service speed of 25 knots, can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds because of its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods.
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