<span>Propulsion and future fuels</span>

Japanese trio launch new company to develop hydrogen-fuelled engines
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Japanese trio launch new company to develop hydrogen-fuelled engines

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yanmar Power Technology, and Japan Engine Corporation have concluded a joint venture contract for combined investment, and announced the joint establishment of a new company HyEng Corporation to develop marine hydrogen-fuelled engines.  With the establishment of HyEng Corporation, the three companies will further advance their joint development activities and accelerate their drive...

Wind propulsion stakeholders call for action to remove barriers to uptake
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Wind propulsion stakeholders call for action to remove barriers to uptake

A new report from a group of over 40 experts and key stakeholders has called on industry stakeholders to work more closely together to reduce or eliminate the remaining barriers that continue to challenge the scaling of wind propulsion in commercial shipping. The 40 experts came together for a three-hour workshop to identify the strategy...

Bloom Energy secures ABS approval for Fuel Cell Concept
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Bloom Energy secures ABS approval for Fuel Cell Concept

Fuel cell technology from Bloom Energy has been awarded a Concept Verified Statement of Maturity by ABS, a key step on the path to commercial application. ABS engineers have reviewed Bloom Energy’s technology and verified its potential application as an alternative fuel source for vessels, part of the ABS New Technology Qualification (NTQ). The NTQ...

Methanol-powered ships could be more competitive than other alternative fuels
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Methanol-powered ships could be more competitive than other alternative fuels

Methanol as a commercially and technically viable marine fuel is gaining greater traction over other alternative bunkers, including LNG, as more shipowners adopt the clean burning fuel as price spreads narrow and production ramps up. Speaking at a virtual conference last week, Greg Dolan, CEO of the Methanol Institute noted that methanol production costs will...

KPI OceanConnect launches future fuels division
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KPI OceanConnect launches future fuels division

KPI OceanConnect has launched its alternative fuels and special projects division to enhance its counterparts’ ability to achieve their sustainability ambitions. Bill Wakeling, an expert in marine fuels, will lead the new offering. He will lead on all matters relating to alternative fuels and decarbonisation, as well as exploring opportunities for new ventures and projects....

ABS leads consortium studying alternative fuels and decarbonisation technologies
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ABS leads consortium studying alternative fuels and decarbonisation technologies

A consortium led by ABS, along with CE Delft and Arcsilea is to perform six studies on alternative fuels and decarbonisation technologies for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The four-year project will study key aspects of the decarbonisation of shipping, including biofuels, ammonia, hydrogen, wind-assisted propulsion, air lubrication and other promising technologies. The initiative...

CSM Energy and Hydrus Engineering join forces to make OSVs greener
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CSM Energy and Hydrus Engineering join forces to make OSVs greener

CSM Energy (member of the Columbia Group) and engineering firm Hydrus have joined forces to assess and retrofit offshore support vessels (OSV) involved in offshore installations and operations, turning them into hybrid ships powered by battery and fuel. The upgraded vessels will use significantly less fuel, reducing emissions and cutting maintenance costs for the diesel...

Berge Bulk begins solar power pilot
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Berge Bulk begins solar power pilot

Shipping line Berge Bulk announced this week that it has launched a pilot test on its vessel, Berge K2, to trial the maritime application of solar technology. This test installation produces ~100 kilowatts of electrical power, which is fed into the main electrical grid on the ship to supplement the ship’s diesel alternators. Through the...

WinGD delivers two-stroke engine with NOx aftertreatment
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WinGD delivers two-stroke engine with NOx aftertreatment

Swiss engine developer WinGD has launched the first marine two-stroke engine to carry its own nitrogen oxides (NOx) abatement solution, offering reductions in space requirements and installation costs for shipyards seeking to comply with the strictest IMO NOx emission limits. The X52 low-speed engine with integrated Selective Catalytic Reduction (iSCR) was launched during a ceremony...