The Port of Port Hedland announced that it welcomed its first conventional roll-on/roll-off vessel, proving the industry with a more cost-effective way of delivering cargo to the region. The vessel started its journey in Japan and made a stop at Fremantle Port on its way to Port Hedland.
A research paper focused on the analysis of solar power trials on-board the high speed RoRo vessel Blue Star Delos. The paper, published in the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology, notes that a low-voltage marine solar power system is able to ensure a continuous stable supply of power.
The new vessels will be the first examples of a new series of hybrid Ro-Ro vessels, which will use fossil fuel during navigation and electricity while in port, ensuring “zero emissions in port”. The vessels will be equipped with mega lithium batteries which will allow them to meet the energy requirements while at berth.
The vessels will be the largest fully electric Ro-Ro vessels in the Netherlands, and will operate fully on electricity, providing an emission-free urban transport solution. The new vessels will replace existing ferries that operate on three different routes west of Amsterdam.
Siemens informed that it has received an order from the regional grid operator ‘EWE Netz GmbH’ to provide the key components of a Siharbor shore power supply system in Cuxhaven, including the complete transformer station as well as the cable feed system for ro-ro ships.
TOTE Maritime Alaska, a daughter company of TOTE Inc., recently contracted MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, to convert roll on/roll off vessels to dual-fuel operation on LNG. The ‘North Star’ and ‘Midnight Sun’ are currently both powered by 4 × MAN 58/64 engines and will be retrofitted to MAN 58/64 retrofit units.
Wärtsilä said that it has been awarded a contract to supply controllable pitch propellers and Power Take Off / Power Take Home shaft generator systems, for two new RoRo vessels being built at the Uljanik shipyard, in Croatia and ordered by the Luxembourg based operator, CLdN Ro-Ro SA. There is an option for an additional two vessels.
The Danish operator DFDS has signed a contract with CSC Jinling Shipyard, China, for two large RoRo vessels among the largest in the world and will raise the bar for what is considered environmental friendly.
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