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World’s first autonomous oil skimmer presented

As a part of its cooperative agreement with the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), Sea Machines Robotics announced that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous systems on August 21. The on-water demonstrations took place on board the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel; a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, o.

Watch: Launch of world’s first electric hydrofoil jet ski

The University of Western Australia teamed up with Perth-based start-up company Electro.Aero, and funding sponsor Galaxy Resources, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer. The zero-emission vessel operates rising above the water.

Port Shanghai first in ranking as world’s best-connected port

UNCTAD placed the Shanghai port first in 2019 ranking of the world’s best-connected ports, that was published on August 7. The Shanghai port garnered a connectivity score of 134 points, followed by the ports of Singapore (124.63 points), Pusan (114.45 points) in Korea and Ningbo (114.35 points), also in China.

Watch: Japanese consortium to develop first fully electric tanker

A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021. 

Watch: Ports of Auckland buys world’s first electric tug

New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland announced the signing of a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. This comes in line with the port’s commitment to be zero emission by 2040, as previously announced. 

Uniper, partners plan first green hydrogen cavern in Germany

Germany-based energy supplier Uniper announced a project along with its consortium partners to build an electrolysis plant starting from 2020 in the central German chemical triangle that will produce green hydrogen with a capacity of up to 35 megawatts. This would be the first hydrogen cavern in continental Europe.

First battery-powered cruise ship begins maiden voyage towards the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship partially powered by batteries will leave northern Norway to start its maiden voyage, according to cruise operator Hurtigruten. The hybrid cruise ship ‘Roald Amundsen’s’  battery pack allows it to operate solely on batteries for about 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions.

World’s first gas-powered catamaran under construction

Baleària, Spanish shipping company, announced its deal with Armón shipyards, for the construction of the Eleanor Roosevelt fast ferry. According to the company, it will be the first catamaran high-speed passenger vessel to navigate powered by liquefied natural gas is progressing in its construction process in the workshops of the Gijón company. 

Jan De Nul targets 15% a year CO2 reduction at Nieuwpoort

Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group revealed its commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year during maintenance dredging works at the Nieuwpoort coastal marina and to include by 2020 a minimum requirement of 15% CO₂ reduction in 80% of maintenance dredging contracts in Flanders.

ONE to implement world’s first cloud-based collaboration platform

Japanese joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) revealed plans to implement the world’s first cloud-based collaborative network to ensure real-time insights for ocean carriers and terminal operators. The network is expected to enhance operational efficiency.

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