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FellowSHIP project on maritime battery research concluded

An industry partnership comprising Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL announced the closure of the FellowSHIP research project, which has been exploring the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry for over 15 years.

USCG Polar Icebreaker Program report issued

The US Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on the Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Program, foreseeing acquisition of up to three new heavy polar icebreakers, as well as plans to acquire up to three new medium polar icebreakers. Construction of the first icebreaker is scheduled to begin in 2019.

Bureau Veritas: Guidelines for LNG carriers conversion to FSRUs/FSUs

The new conversion guidelines provide clear advice to the LNG industry on how to address these issues that either will or may arise during the conversion of LNG carriers into FSRUs or FSUs, helping shipowners to either avoid or to overcome potential problems. The guidelines aim to support the construction and operation of FSRUs and FSUs.

Baleària to convert five ferries to LNG

Baleària will invest 60 million euros to convert five of its ferries to LNG. The conversion of the vessels will take place over the course of the next two years, in order to be able to be propelled by LNG and reduce polluting emissions. The shipping company will invest a total of 60 million euros in this project. 

First hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel to be built in US

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 issues guidelines for liquefied gas carrier structures

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 to install scrubbers on future ships

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. 

New study focuses on hydrogen fuel cell research vessel

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.

New technology aims to cut offshore wind costs

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%.

Cleaner engines put on floating crane off NY after EPA settlement

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.

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