Finferries has ordered a new hybrid electric ferry, which will operate on the Föglö route, and operated by Ansgar AB. Traffic on the Åland Föglö route is expected to start on April 1, 2022. The new ferry will be powered mainly by shore-based battery packs and backed up by diesel generators.
German cruise line AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, signed an agreement with marine battery supplier Corvus Energy, regarding the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet, starting from 2020.
An all-electric ferry, able to carry around 30 vehicles and 200 passengers has carried out its maiden voyage. Namely, the e-ferry Ellen sailed between the Ports of Soby and Fynshav, located on the islands of Aero and Als in Denmark.
While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Ed Schwarz, ABB Marine & Ports Vice President Sales, New Build reveals how ABB – which has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award – prepares for a more sustainable future, highlighting that the next generation of ships will be electric digital and connected, as the industry moves towards new energy sources.
APM Terminals has in its plans to add electric automated straddle carriers to its Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles. This move has raised protests by longshore union leaders, who asked the city’s council to intervene, as they believe that longshoremen will lose hundreds of shifts per day, because of the new technology.
The new RoRo MV Traviata set new benchmark in energy efficiency. The ship is the second of a series of Post-Panamax HERO vessels, and has joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s ocean fleet. This is an energy-efficient RoRo vessel. MV Traviata has a capacity equal to 8,000 cars and electrically hoistable deck panels
BP published its 68th annual Statistical Review of World Energy, reporting that global primary energy consumption grew fast in 2018, driven by natural gas and renewables. However, carbon emissions grew at their highest rate for seven years.
DeepGreen Metals and Allseas Group agreed to establish a strategic partnership to explore high-grade metals obtained from seafloor polymetallic nodule deposits together with Allseas’ offshore engineering capabilities. The companies aims to develop a deep ocean nodule harvesting system that will have minimal impact to the deep sea environment, enabling them to bring clean metals to market.
The use of batteries is an emerging means or power that some ships are considering or are even using. As DNV GL informs, today there are 352 ships confirmed with battery installations. This number is expected to increase until 2026 From 2020, the number of ships that will be running on batteries and are under construction will be 153.
Massterly, a ship manager who will operate unmanned vessels via a manned Shore Control Center builds, aspires to see a more sustainable maritime transportation. The unmanned ships will be 100% electrically powered and the battery will be charged when the ship is at shore.
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