Transocean announced that it has successfully deployed the world’s first hybrid energy storage system aboard a floating drilling unit. The system is now operating on the Transocean Spitsbergen, and it is engaged in drilling operations at the Snorre field in Norway.
UECC announced that it has confirmed an option with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. for a third battery hybrid LNG vessel. The ship is expected to operate in UECC’s Atlantic short sea trade.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that it is promoting ways of reducing carbon emissions in the marine environment as part of its strategic theme of environmental sustainability. As IMCA said, the contribution of battery technologies in cutting carbon emissions is now having a positive effect in the offshore marine construction market.
Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions has begun construction of the world’s most environmentally friendly RoPax vessel for the consortium Kvarken Link, to operate between Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden. A traditional steel cutting ceremony was held at the shipyard on 16 September.
Norwegian operator Hurtigruten announced its expedition cruise ship ‘MS Roald Amundsen’ became the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the Northwest Passage, after completing more than 3.000 nm from the Atlantic to the Pacific using hybrid propulsion, this week.
The state of Washington, represented by Governor Jay Inslee, joined a ceremony held to highlight the beginning of Vigor constructing five hybrid electric ferries by 2028 for Washington State Ferries (WSF), representing the ‘greening’ of its fleet.
Hurtigruten announced that three of its vessels will be transformed to premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships. Retrofitted with battery packs and other green technology, the three ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.
Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft announced delivery of the world’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel, ‘Color Hybrid’, to Oslo-based company Color Line, on 1st August. The ship represents an important milestone for its innovative and new environmentally friendly solutions.
Danfoss Editron informed that Sweden’s largest hybrid-electric ferry, Tellus, is soon to begin operations. The ferry will mainly operate on a fully-electric mode, bringing the government agency closer to achieving its target of becoming fossil-free by 2045. The ferry will service Sweden’s busiest maritime routes, along with more than 100,000 vehicles transported per month, the majority being heavy trucks.
A new finance agreement that will enable offshore and marine asset owners to decrease their fuel consumption, costs and emissions has been launched. Namely, Blueday Technology, which designs energy systems, has collaborated with energy infrastructure fund manager SUSI Partners to provide a new financing structure for asset owners.
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