<span>Propulsion and future fuels</span>

ETI launches project to identify benefits of fuel saving ship technologies
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ETI launches project to identify benefits of fuel saving ship technologies

The Energy Technologies Institute (EIT) has launched a project to help shipping companies and financiers identify the real-world costs and fuel consumption benefits of using new and existing technologies. £1.8 million has been allocated to the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project, which will assess the costs and benefits of installing and retrofitting technologies to...

Rolls-Royce to deliver hybrid system for tug
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Rolls-Royce to deliver hybrid system for tug

Rolls-Royce is to deliver a hybrid propulsion system for a multi-purpose tug, being built at the Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Washington State. The vessel is the first hybrid propulsion tug to use Rolls-Royce technology and the first hybrid arrangement for Baydelta Maritime LLC. The hybrid system will increase the vessel’s escort capability, enabling the...

Hyundai Mipo and LR begin construction of ballast-free LNG-bunkering vessel
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Hyundai Mipo and LR begin construction of ballast-free LNG-bunkering vessel

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) and Bernhard Schulte Ship Management are working towards building the first ballast-free liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel under construction to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class. In light of increasingly stringent demands made by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments...

Two-year sea trial confirms Selektope’s antifouling efficacy
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Two-year sea trial confirms Selektope’s antifouling efficacy

Selektope, the organic, non-metal antifouling ingredient developed by Swedish company I-Tech, has proven its ability to prevent barnacle fouling on ships over an extended operational period. Selektope was applied to the vertical and flat bottom of Laurin Maritime’s 46,000 DWT chemical and oil tanker, Calypso, in 2015. The vessel then spent 24 months in active...

Eco Marine Power and Teramoto Iron works sign patent license agreement for energy-saving propulsion solutions
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Eco Marine Power and Teramoto Iron works sign patent license agreement for energy-saving propulsion solutions

Eco Marine Power (EMP), the company that provides renewable energy and fuel saving solutions for the shipping industry, has signed a patent license agreement with Teramoto Iron Works for its EnergySail and Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) technologies. EnergySail is a patented automated rigid sail device that allows ships to utilise wind power to drive...

EALS under investigation after performance issues come to light
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EALS under investigation after performance issues come to light

The use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) is on the rise as many shippowners and operators consider them as a way to meet environmental regulations and reduce risk. However, new research indicates that they may be having adverse effects on bearing and seal performance, damaging critical components and compromising oil-tight integrity. A new industry initiative...

Gard to insure first autonomous vessel
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Gard to insure first autonomous vessel

Maritime insurance company, Gard, is to provide hull & machinery and P&I insurance to the world’s first autonomous vessel – the Yara Birkland. Norwegian company, Yara International, and Kongsberg Maritime are designing and building the battery-powered, no-ballast, no-crew vessel, which will transfer Yara’s chemicals and fertiliser products from the manufacturing site to port. Once built, the...

MAN Diesel’s Part-Load Optimisation initiative proves popular
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MAN Diesel’s Part-Load Optimisation initiative proves popular

MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that its Part-Load Optimisation initiative has generated significant fuel savings in the 180 orders it has received since its introduction. Part-Load Optimisation is a tuning method that optimises fuel consumption during the part-load operation of four-stroke, small-bore MAN auxiliary engines. It is a technique used on GenSets that run at...

Fjord1 newbuilds to feature automation and electric propulsion systems
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Fjord1 newbuilds to feature automation and electric propulsion systems

Norwegian Control Systems (NCS) and its sister company, Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) are to deliver automation and hybrid propulsion systems for nine newbuild Fjord1 ferries. The supply agreement includes five complete automation systems, NCS’s Concept Bridge solution with a large electro engineering package, electric and hybrid propulsion systems, bridge solutions, automation, battery and charging systems....

DNV GL launches joint project to test EALs
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DNV GL launches joint project to test EALs

DNV GL has launched a new joint development project (JDP) to test the influence of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) on failures in stern tube bearings. DNV GL in cooperation with marine insurers The Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld, will oversee detailed laboratory testing of EALs by Leonardo Testing Services at the University...

3D printing project for maritime parts awaiting delivery
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3D printing project for maritime parts awaiting delivery

Netherlands-based marine engineering consultancy Royal Roos has entered into a cooperation agreement with 3D printer manufacturer CEAD to develop and build an industrial size CFAM 3D printer that will be capable of printing large parts for the maritime sector. The machine has been under development since September 2017 is expected to be delivered in mid-2018....

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...