shipbuilding

Construction to begin on world’s first emission-free push boat

BEHALA informed that the construction of the world’s first emission-free push boat will start in October 2019. The ship is expected to have been completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. The boat will be used mainly for transporting goods on the Berlin-Hamburg and inner-city transport routes.

Sail-powered cargo ships to operate between France and US

France-based Neoline has concluded to the shipyard that will construct its first two sail-powered RoRo cargo ships to operate between France and US from 2021. Namely, chose France-based Neopolia to build the vessels. At first, the vessels will be operating on a pilot route, linking Saint-Nazaire, France with the US East Coast and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.

Agreement signed for building 18 electric-powered bulkers

Chinese lithium battery producer EVE Energy and Shanghai Hanshun Shipping will cooperate for the development of eighteen electric-powered bulk carriers. These ships are expected to have 30% less operation costs than other river-ocean going bulk carriers.

Canada launches second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel

In an official event on 5 June, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Government of British Columbia celebrated the launch of the country’s second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV). The vessel is designed to meet the mission needs of the Canadian Coast Guard and scientists.

Progress made for the construction of world’s first hydrogen ferry

Ferry company Norled and the shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new ferries. One of them will be the world’s first car ferry that sails on hydrogen and the other will be a battery-powered ferry. The two ferries are expected to be ready in March and May 2021. 

New design revealed for world’s first pure-electric tanker

Asahi Tanker and partner Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo have developed the new domestic shipping tanker design which incorporates zero emission electric propulsion. The commercial model development of the ‘e5’ design is currently ongoing for all bunker supply vessels that are trading in Tokyo Bay. The target of the first vessel launching is planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.

New green ferry to operate in Umeå-Vaasa route

A new ferry that will combine energy efficiency, flexibility and optimised space availability, will soon start operation between Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland. The ferry will have been constructed by 2021 and will run mainly on LNG. The ship will also be able to burn biogas, while it will incorporate battery power to reduce its emissions while on port.

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