Australia

Watch: Launch of world’s first electric hydrofoil jet ski

The University of Western Australia teamed up with Perth-based start-up company Electro.Aero, and funding sponsor Galaxy Resources, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer. The zero-emission vessel operates rising above the water.

New Australian icebreaker equipped with state-of-the-art steering system

Nuyina, the Antarctic Supply Research Vessel which is being built for the Australian government’s Antarctic Division has gotten unique rudders and steering gear. The project is lead by Damen Marine Component (DMC), who completed the supply and installation of a number of critical systems.

Watch: New Zealand’s Port of Newcastle joins EcoPorts

Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to commit to meeting global environmental and sustainability standards as set by EcoPorts. The port was this month granted membership of the International EcoPorts network, having completed assessments to benchmark its environmental and sustainability practices against 120 major ports across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

New partnership eyes creation of an Australian hydrogen industry

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, announced plans to partner with Perth-based iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) on hydrogen technologies, aiming to support the development of a sustainable energy future, create new jobs and pave the way for low emissions export opportunities.

Scientists develop new coating to reduce biofouling costs

A team of chemistry researchers from the University of Sydney Nano Institute has created nanostructured surface coatings that have anti-fouling properties without using any toxic components. The new coating uses ‘nanowrinkles’ which are inspired by the carnivorous Nepenthespitcher plant.

New Wheatstone LNG carrier named

On 13 December, a naming ceremony was held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Nagasaki Shipyard Corporation, for a new LNG carrier ordered by Japanese NYK to MI LNG. The ship, named ‘Pacific Mimosa’, will be engaged in LNG transportation for JERA from Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project in Australia.

Woodside’s offshore platform to get battery system

ABB released an announcement informing that it will provide the Australian oil and gas company, Woodside, with a PowerStore Battery storage system, capable of remote management of operations and service. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform.

K Line names new LNG carrier for Ichthys LNG project

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. held naming ceremony for a newly-built LNG carrier at Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The ship will have a tank capacity of 155,300m3 and she will be carrying LNG from the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia to Naoetsu, Niigata after her delivery. 

Fourth LNG carrier delivered for SINOPEC LNG project

The LNG carrier CESI Tianjin, which was ordered by the joint venture of MOL, China COSCO Shipping and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, was officially delivered on September 26, at Chinese Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

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