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World’s first hybrid floating drilling unit launched

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.

IMCA in favour of hybrid battery systems on board DP vessels

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.

Construction starts for green RoPax ferry to serve Finland-Sweden

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.

First hybrid cruise ship completes Northwest Passage crossing

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. 

Washington sees hybrid-electric ferry building programme

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 to launch three hybrid cruise ships

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.

World’s largest plug-in hybrid vessel delivered

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.

Sweden’s largest hybrid ferry to begin operations

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.

New finance scheme to help installation of hybrid power systems

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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