Washington State Ferry gets $1.5 million fund from MARAD

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.

ABS, AEC collaborate on ultra large ethane carriers

ABS and the American Ethane Company (AEC) have teamed up on a project aimed to design and develop a next generation fleet of Ultra Large Ethane Carriers (ULEC). Under the shipping project, AEC and its partners will build, own and operate a fleet of ULECs to transport 7.2 MTPA of US ethane to China.

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.

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.

US’s first zero-emissions e-ferry to run on hydrogen fuel cell

SW/TCH Maritime (SW/TCH) announced its collaboration with Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), concerning its aim to build and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry. The project leverages proven technology from partners including BAE Systems and Hydrogenics.

US announces funding to optimize fuels and engines

The US Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office released a multi-topic funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The funding, which will be $12 million, regards the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines. The funding will have two topics: Multi-Mode Optimized Fuel/Engine System Development; Bioblendstocks to Optimize Mixing Controlled Compression Ignition Engines.

LNG-Fueled ConRo Ship launched at VT Halter Marine

Crowley Maritime and VT Halter Marine launched new Commitment Class ship “Taíno”, one of the world’s first combination container/ Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ship, powered by liquefied natural gas, on December 04.

Sembcorp to build Compressed Gas Liquid carriers for SeaOne

Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine and Houston-based SeaOne Caribbean have inked a letter of intent for the design and construction of at least two large Compressed Gas Liquid carriers. These vessels will be deployed for SeaOne’s Caribbean Fuels Supply Project.


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