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Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?
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Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?

In the era of digitalisation, pursuing total vessel optimisation is the challenge. This is the thought NYK Line’s Dr. Ando Hideyuki, Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Technology Institute, shared with participants at Digital Ship’s first Vessel Performance Optimisation event, held in Copenhagen last year. This was the first event in a series of forums planned to help shipowners and...

VARD secures contract for fully electric car and passenger ferry
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VARD secures contract for fully electric car and passenger ferry

Norwegian designer and shipbuilder, VARD, has secured the contract for building a fully electrical battery powered car and passenger ferry for Boreal. The vessel will feature a battery solution for continuous electric operations in the Norwegian fjords. The vessel was designed by Multi Maritime to transport 60 cars and 199 passengers and crew. The vessel’s...

Great Lakes vessels undergo retrofits to improve fuel efficiency
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Great Lakes vessels undergo retrofits to improve fuel efficiency

Great Lakes vessel operators will spend US $65m on maintaining and modernising their vessels to improve fuel efficiency and longevity of vessels, and reduce emissions. According to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents US flagged vessel operators on the Great Lakes, North America, operators are getting ready to renew and upgrade their vessels over the...

Wärtsilä and MHI-MME develop energy saving propulsion solution
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Wärtsilä and MHI-MME develop energy saving propulsion solution

Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment (MHI-MME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the commercial marketing of a new energy solution to increase power generation capacity and propulsion from ships. The solution combines MHI-MME’s waste heat recovery and energy saving power generation system (WHRS) with Wärtsilä’s operational control technology for...

Transitioning into EU MRV
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Transitioning into EU MRV

Mr. Vijay Arora, Joint Managing Director of IRClass. The European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) regulation 2015/757 entered into force on July 1, 2015 as part of the European Commission’s (EC’s) effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping within the EU. The EU MRV Shipping Regulation applies to ships above...

ABB opens collaboration centre in China
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ABB opens collaboration centre in China

ABB has selected Shanghai, China, as a location for one of its ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres. The centres work to enhance collaboration in the industry, drive digitalisation and make shipping operations more efficient and safer. The new Shanghai centre will monitor data gathered by sensors onboard ships and sent to shore via satellites. ABB...

ABB’s Azipod propulsion unit surpasses performance expectations
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ABB’s Azipod propulsion unit surpasses performance expectations

A rescue tug fitted with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system has demonstrated energy savings beyond expectations. Prior to delivery to Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, the tug underwent sea trials to test its performance with the propulsion system. The trials showed the 8,000kW tug was able to operate with less power for given functions than expected....

China unveils first fully-electric ship
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China unveils first fully-electric ship

China has launched an all-electric cargo ship that is powered completely by a lithium-ion battery. The 2,000 metric tonne vessel manufactured by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company was launched in Guangzhou, China. According to the shipyard, the vessel can run for 80 kilometers on a full charge, which takes just two hours. China Daily reports that...

DNV GL awards GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA for exoskeleton LNG tanks
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DNV GL awards GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA for exoskeleton LNG tanks

Classification society DNV GL has presented GTT and its partner TECHNOLOG a General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) statement for the retrofit of a vessel with an exsoskeleton membrane liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank to utilise space on-board more efficiently and reduce dry-docking downtime. The purpose of an LNG membrane tank is to provide more...

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Wärtsilä launches new propeller shaft bearing design

Wärtsilä has launched its Linesafe propeller shaft solution to aid the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions on ships. Linesafe is a hydrodynamic bearing made from cast iron and based on a new, simple design that aims to make installation more flexible, give short lead times, and retain low lifecycle costs. The new design allows...

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STM project to improve traffic flow efficiency given the go-ahead

A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project to improve traffic flow between Sweden and Finland has been confirmed. The EfficientFlow project will receive EUR 4.5m EU funding from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme to help manage traffic more efficiently in the ports of Rauma, Finland and Gävle, Sweden. STM is a concept that aims to...

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Fuel-saving hybrid tug by Wärtsilä enters Chinese market

Finnish company Wärtsilä has announced that its fuel and emissions saving hybrid tug, HYTug, will enter the Chinese market to help meet operational requirements. The tug is based on Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module, which combines engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics that are optimised to work with a new energy management...