Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship called “MS Fridtjof Nansen” has completed sea trials and will be ready to voyage earlier than expected, ahead of the planned April 1st inaugural voyage.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Singapore-based PSA Marine have agreed to collaborate in the co-creation of smart technologies for the marine sector, with a focus on human-centric and deployable solutions. The intention is to integrate knowledge from the IntelliTug project with new configurations of clean energy sources.
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.
Maersk Drilling and Aker BP collaborated by signing a $10.9m well-secured contract, in order to extent the harsh environment jack up rig, Maersk Integrator. In order to achieve that, the jack-up first needs intense upgrades, as to be turned into a hybrid rig for low emission drilling.
The UK Chamber of Shipping highlights the importance of dealing with the climate change through green and more sustainable means in the maritime sector supporting the development of more hydrogen ferries in the sector to achieve a green economy.
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.
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