Wärtsilä announced the introduction of a fully integrated hybrid power module, combining engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system. The Wärtsilä HY is the first hybrid power module of this type and it is exposed at this year’s Norshipping Conference.
GE’s Marine Solutions reports that the world’s first Liquid Propane Gas -fueled ferry design to use GE’s COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam system has successfully completed Hazard Identification meetings. Bureau Veritas chaired the HAZID three-day meetings, that took place in Busan and aim to identify hazards and safeguards during the early ship design stage.
Rolls-Royce has been assigned by the Brazilian ship owning company CBO, to equip an existing offshore platform supply vessel with a new patented dual draglink subsea crane. This will be the first installation of a subsea crane designed to be able to use either fibre or steel wire rope.
Damen Shipyards Group announced that entered a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas, in order to develop the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, to be called the WAAMpeller.
Yara and Kongsberg have joined forces to build the “YARA Birkeland”, the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions which s expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020.
GAS Entec, announced the plan to build a LNG fuelled reefer carrier, that will be recorded as the world’s first LNG fuelled reefer carrier. The company chose an indirect type of cargo hold cooling system, which came from the cryogenic energy generated during the vaporization process of LNG, propulsion and power generation fuel.
Wärtsilä announced that has been contracted to supply engines and propulsion machinery for the mega Cutter Suction Dredger, ‘Spartacus’, which is currently being built at the Royal IHC yard in the Netherlands and is to be delivered to Belgium-based DEME. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in the fourth quarter of 2016.
DNV GL presented Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, with an approval certificate, for a new double side hull LPG carrier design – LPG SAFE, which is the first LPG carrier design to provide the safety benefit of a double side hull, while offering the same cargo carrying capacity and the same construction cost as a conventional design.
SCF Group has signed an agreement with Shell for the supply of liquefied natural gas, to fuel the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG. The signing of this agreement marks the fulfillment of an MOU signed between Shell and SCF in September 2015 to develop Marine LNG fuelling for large-capacity tankers.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering announced that the world’s first ice class LNG carrier, Christophe de Margerie, finished its ice trials in the Arctic Ocean. During the commissioning phase, the ship was tested for its ice breaking ability of proceeding through ice of 2.1 m thick.
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