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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.

Sail-powered cargo ships to operate between France and US

France-based Neoline has concluded to the shipyard that will construct its first two sail-powered RoRo cargo ships to operate between France and US from 2021. Namely, chose France-based Neopolia to build the vessels. At first, the vessels will be operating on a pilot route, linking Saint-Nazaire, France with the US East Coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.

First battery-powered cruise ship begins maiden voyage towards the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship partially powered by batteries will leave northern Norway to start its maiden voyage, according to cruise operator Hurtigruten. The hybrid cruise ship ‘Roald Amundsen’s’  battery pack allows it to operate solely on batteries for about 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions.

World’s first gas-powered catamaran under construction

Baleària, Spanish shipping company, announced its deal with Armón shipyards, for the construction of the Eleanor Roosevelt fast ferry. According to the company, it will be the first catamaran high-speed passenger vessel to navigate powered by liquefied natural gas is progressing in its construction process in the workshops of the Gijón company. 

Agreement signed for building 18 electric-powered bulkers

Chinese lithium battery producer EVE Energy and Shanghai Hanshun Shipping will cooperate for the development of eighteen electric-powered bulk carriers. These ships are expected to have 30% less operation costs than other river-ocean going bulk carriers.

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