Tag: Propulsion

Wärtsilä and Chinese shipbuilder to jointly develop hybrid vessels
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Wärtsilä and Chinese shipbuilder to jointly develop hybrid vessels

Wärtsilä has signed a strategic five-year agreement with Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Huangpu Wenchong to develop a hybrid powered dredger, which could possibly extend to other hybrid vessels as well. The purpose of the agreement is to build a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid...

LR grants AiP for ammonia-fuelled ULCS concept design
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LR grants AiP for ammonia-fuelled ULCS concept design

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted Approval in Principle to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC) and MAN Energy Solutions for an ammonia-fuelled 23,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Ship (ULCS) concept design, the first ammonia as fuel design of its kind in China. LR facilitated hazard identification (HAZID) workshops to determine potential hazards throughout the design phase, covering...

Spliethoff selects Wärtsilä to power fuel efficient newbuilds
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Spliethoff selects Wärtsilä to power fuel efficient newbuilds

Netherlands-based shipping company Spliethoff has selected Wärtsilä to supply a comprehensive package of solutions for two new state-of-the-art vessels being built for the shipping company at the Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding yard in China. The two DP2-B-type ships have been designed to include the intake of a multi-purpose vessel with Dynamic Positioning station-keeping ability. This makes...

Wärtsilä and Silverstream partner on fuel-saving air lubrication technology
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Wärtsilä and Silverstream partner on fuel-saving air lubrication technology

Wärtsilä and Silverstream Technologies have signed a Licence and Co-operation Agreement, permitting Wärtsilä as sales and service partner to fully integrate Silverstream’s air lubrication system within its propulsion solutions. Silverstream’s air lubrication technology helps vessels to improve their Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) by creating a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom...

Vessel emissions reduction competition announces winning technologies
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Vessel emissions reduction competition announces winning technologies

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has announced four winners of a competition designed to accelerate the development of technologies that will enable a reduction in emissions and fuel consumption for Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) used to operate and maintain offshore wind farms. The winners and their projects are outlined below. Chartwell Marine and...

Chinese shipping companies favour water lubricated propulsion system
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Chinese shipping companies favour water lubricated propulsion system

China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) has reported successful operation with Thordon Bearings’ seawater lubricated propeller shaft system, which has been installed on its two pure car/truck carriers since 2007. An increase in other Chinese shipping companies following suit indicates a move towards seawater over oil-based arrangements. COSCO now has the seawater lubricated propeller shaft system...

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell project enters approval phase
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Hydrogen-powered fuel cell project enters approval phase

Norwegian company Havyard has announced that its pilot project to deliver the largest available fuel cell system to run on hydrogen has entered its approval phase. The Havyard Group with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed agreements with providers of hydrogen tanks and fuel cells, including Linde Engineering as tank...

Maersk pilots battery to improve power efficiency
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Maersk pilots battery to improve power efficiency

Maersk is preparing to install a containerised 600 kWh marine battery system onboard the Maersk Cape Town as part of a trial to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions. According to Søren Toft, Maersk COO, the trial will provide greater insight into energy storage to help the Danish shipping company move towards...

Wes Amelie retrofit plans to run on synthetic natural gas
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Wes Amelie retrofit plans to run on synthetic natural gas

MAN Energy Solutions and Wessels Marine have announced a technical showcase whereby the 2017-retrofitted Wes Amelie, a 1,036-teu feeder containership, will use liquefied Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) produced from renewable electrical energy as drop-in fuel. The companies are cooperating on the Wes Amelie project with Nauticor, the LNG transportation company, and Unifeeder, the charter company....

Giving vessels fins to optimise performance
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Giving vessels fins to optimise performance

Giving vessels fins to optimise fuel performance An innovative technology by Norwegian company Wavefoil could see ships mimic the way whales move through water to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. A ship sailing through still water faces less resistance, and therefore consumes less fuel than one navigating a more turbulent environment.  Waves that are...

MOL joins the International Windship Association
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MOL joins the International Windship Association

Tokyo headquartered MOL O.S.K. Lines has announced that it is joining the International Windship Association (IWSA) as a full member. The news comes following the recent AIP approval for the Wind Challenger, wind-assisted vessel design by Class NK. As an IWSA member, MOL will bring substantial experience and industry know-how on wind-assisted and primary wind...

Norwegian OSVs secure Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion package
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Norwegian OSVs secure Wärtsilä hybrid propulsion package

Norway-based operator Atlantic Offshore has confirmed it is to convert two of its offshore supply vessels (OSVs) to hybrid propulsion using Wärtsilä’s battery hybrid packages. The conversion will help the vessels reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact. 746 kWh battery hybrid systems will be installed on the ‘Ocean Star’ and ‘Ocean Art’. Both ships were...