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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.

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. 

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.

First hybrid rig for low emission drilling offshore Norway

Aiming to open route for low-emission drilling on conventionally powered offshore rigs, Maersk Drilling announced it is entering a series of upgrades to convert its jack-up rig ‘Maersk Intrepid’ to a hybrid rig with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2.

World’s first hybrid retrofit for short-sea vessel to take place

Wärtsilä signed an agreement with Hagland Shipping for a hybrid retrofit installation. The project will take place on board the ‘Hagland Captain’, a general cargo vessel. This will be the first project of its kind ever in short-sea shipping applications. The agreement was signed in December 2018. The installation of the battery hybrid propulsion solution will improve the ship’s environmental performance by reducing its emissions, fuel consumption, and noise.

First research reveals carbon footprint of global tourism

Tourism has been responsible for almost a tenth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new research led by the University of Sydney. The paper also showed that small islands attract a disproportionate share of carbon emissions, while the US is responsible for the majority of tourism-generated emissions overall.

First logistics provider to disclose CO2 emissions

Kuehne + Nagel logistics announced that it has expanded sustainability in its global seafreight services, as it is going to print, on each invoice, the total amount of CO2 emissions generated by seafreight shipments, starting from May 2017. In this way, it aims to assist shippers to identify their carbon footprint from transport operations.

DNV GL verifies first company for EU MRV monitoring plans

Arcadia Shipmanagement became the first company to receive verification from classification society DNV GL, for compliant monitoring plans for their whole fleet, under the new EU MRV regulation. The company was presented with a certificate recognizing the achievement at DNV GL’s Piraeus office.

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