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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. 

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. 

World’s first mega ro-ro vessels with LNG-fuelled engines

Knud E. Hansen, a ship design company, designed the first generation of LNG-powered ultra-large ro-ro vessels for the newly-established Swedish company Wallenius-SOL. The 1A Super ice-classed vessels will have a length of abt. 242 m and a deadweight capacity of abt. 27,000 t making them largest in the class.

World’s first hydrogen-powered ship in the port of Amsterdam

The Energy Observer, a former race boat powered with autonomous navigation with hydrogen, was docked in the Port of Amsterdam. The catamaran has been sailing for about six years, with 101 stops in 50 countries. The goal is to test hydrogen under extreme weather conditions. The vessels does not emit GHG and it is very quiet.

World’s first printed hollow prop blade

Naval group, French defense contractor and French engineering school Centrale Nantes printed the first demonstrator of hollow propeller blades by metal additive manufacturing as part of the European H2020 project, RAMSSES. This project aims to reduce the environmental impact of the vessels. Both parties of the project are taking the lead on the production of innovative propeller demonstrators to enhance the vessels’ operational capabilities.

Contract awarded for construction of world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry

Norwegian ferry company Norled announced it has won a contract for the development, construction and operation of the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry, where at least 50% of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen. Today, there are no comparable hydrogen powered vessels in operation.

Watch: Underwater reef protector tested for Great Barrier Reef

An underwater drone that can keep watch on reef health and accurately identify and inject the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish is ready to be put to the test on the Great Barrier Reef, as a result of a collaboration between QUT, Google and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

World’s first renewables and hydrogen ship arrives in Athens

‘Energy Observer’, the world’s first ship powered by renewables and hydrogen, arrived at Flisvos Marina in Athens. The Greek capital is the 20th stopover of its world tour, which aims to raise awareness on energy transition. Because it is powered by renewables, and due to its double storage composed of batteries and hydrogen, the vessel can achieve energy autonomy.

Electricity demand to rise by 140% by 2050

During Singapore International Energy, Paul Gardner, Segment Director – Storage at DNV GL talked about the growing and critical need for optimized storage solutions and the likely technology developments in the future, as the electricity demand increases.

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