During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Giannis Moraitakis, Senior Business and Sales Development Manager, Wärtsilä, presented how shipping can increase efficiency through the use of hybrid technology. As he described, using big data, long with machine learning and simulation tools, can identify the needs of a vessel, so operators can act accordingly.
The retrofit of the M/S Rex for hybrid operation, undertaken by Transdev subsidiary, Blidösundsbolaget, and Scania, included the adaptation of automotive technology for maritime use. The boat has room for up to 150 people and uses a Scania 13-litre diesel engine that is in line with IMO’s Tier 3 emission standard.
BOS Offshore & Marine, the subsidiary of BH Global Corporation Limited, shake hands with Penguin International Limited, Danfoss, Durapower Technology and Bureau Veritas Marine, signing MoU for the joint design, development and establishment of Singapore’s first plug-in hybrid electric fast launch.
The Canaveral Pilots Association is collaborating with naval architecture firms Glosten and Ray Hunt Design (Ray Hunt) on a pilot/demonstration project to launch an electric pilot boat, which will include a battery-electric propulsion system.
The technology group Wärtsilä along with the Norwegian company Aasen Shipping, came in an agreement for the construction and supply of the world’s first hybrid powered self-discharging bulk carrier. Namely, Wärtsilä will provide its design and supply hybrid systems for the vessels.
On 8 January, the United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines announced its first steel cutting ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, for their battery hybrid LNG powered vessel “PCTC”.
The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) officially announced the funding of $1.5 million in order to boost the conversion of Washington’s State Ferry vessel from diesel fueled to hybrid-electric power one.
The Electric Boat & Ship Association Greece (EBA Greece) announced that the first electric ferry boat in Greece is expected to launch in the near future, serving the Aigio – Agios Nikolaos (Doridos) route in the Gulf of Corinth, which has stopped operating since 2011.
MOL and e5 Lab are collaborating to develop and promote electrically powered zero emission vessels. As such, they have concluded to a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU), to perform a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries (hydrogen hybrid PCC).
Wärtsilä technology group inked a strategic development agreement with CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited Huangpu Wenchong, shipbuilder, to jointly develop a hybrid powered dredger, with the possibility to extend to other hybrid vessels, as well.
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