Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), based in Antwerp, and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) announced their collaboration to construct a hydrogen-powered ferry. TFC will bring its state-of-the-are shipbuilding expertise, whereas CMB Technologies will bring their knowledge on marine hydrogen systems.
Ferry company Norled and the shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new ferries. One of them will be the world’s first car ferry that sails on hydrogen and the other will be a battery-powered ferry. The two ferries are expected to be ready in March and May 2021.
New Zeland’s McKay announced in a statement that they are to develop and implement the country’s first plug-in fully electrical ferry along SSC Marine, which is planned to be built in Wellington. According to the company, the ferry is the first of its king in New Zealand and also in the entire southern hemisphere.
As part of NYK’s attempt to achieve ship decarbonization, the company announced that it is planning a new ship called ‘NYK Super Eco Ship 2050’, which will try to meet this goal. The vessel will use solar panels, alternative fuels such fuel cells, while it will weight less than conventional ships, thus requiring less energy.
Marking a landmark for shipping electrification, the all electric passenger vessel ‘Future of The Fjords’, owned by Norwegian company The Fjords, has won the Ship of the Year 2018 award at SMM, the maritime trade fair currently underway in Hamburg.
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