Two vessels, claimed to be the world’s first hybrid daughter craft, designed to support the offshore wind market, are to be built for UK-based North Star Renewables and designed in collaboration with naval architects Chartwell Marine.
The two hybrid vessels will be built to complement North Star’s growing service offshore vessel (SOV) fleet and will be delivered in 2022 and 2023. The company says that the hull form, equipment selection, innovation features and comfort are designed to suit the demands of offshore wind operations.
Daughter craft are used by the offshore wind industry to transfer technicians between the in-field SOV, where they live while working offshore, to the wind turbines to undertake routine or remedial maintenance.
Wärtsilä is to provide gensets that will run on a hydrogen and natural gas blend for Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) Floating Living Lab (FLL), a first-of-its-kind offshore floating testbed in Singapore.
The FLL project comprises a floating barge with LNG bunkering facilities for harbor craft and small vessels. It will also house an embedded power-generation system to power onboard operations, with excess electricity to be exported to the national grid or stored in the FLL’s energy storage systems (ESS).
The power-generation system will utilize two Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas/LNG with a combined output of 11.6MW.
The Yacht Club de Monaco is upgrading its dockside charging facilities with specialist Aqua superPower’s second-generation rapid chargers to serve the growing electric boat and superyacht market. The new marina in neighboring Cala del Forte in Ventimiglia is also being connected to Aqua’s DC charging network. Cala del Forte is a project owned and conceived by Monaco Port’s SMIP (Société Monégasque Internationale Portuaire) to expand the company, push cross-border collaboration and demonstrate its commitment to sustainable port management and ecological responsibility.
In response to ever-increasing demand for berths and capacity in the ports of the principality, Monaco Ports decided to create SMIP in 2016 and purchased the nearby Italian port of Cala del Forte in Ventimiglia.
Legislators in the US state of California have allocated the University of California San Diego US$35m to design and build a new coastal research vessel that will feature a hydrogen hybrid propulsion system. The ship, which will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will serve as a platform for education and research dedicated to understanding the California coast and the impact of climate change on its ecosystem.
The proposed 125ft vessel will take three years to design, build and commission, and is set to replace the Robert Gordon Sproul research vessel, which is nearing the end of its 40-year service life.
Brittany Ferries is to use two new hybrid LNG-electric ships to serve routes between Portsmouth and St Malo and Caen. Scheduled for delivery in 2024/2025, the vessels will cut the company’s emissions and reduce noise pollution.
The ships’ hybrid system consists of two propellors, with each propellor connected to a separate gearbox via a prop shaft. The gearbox then manages the power from one LNG engine and one reversible electric motor. Where appropriate, the electric motor is then used to drive the propeller, to charge the ship’s batteries, or to power onboard systems such as air conditioning, heating and lighting when in port.
Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe, held on October 20 and 21 at Messe Bremen, Germany, is Europe’s must-attend conference and exhibition that is exclusively dedicated to discussing advanced technologies for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
The event will bring together the entire hydrogen value chain to focus on developing solutions and innovations for low-carbon hydrogen production, efficient storage and distribution, as well as applications in a variety of stationary and mobile applications. The event offers attendees the opportunity to meet the companies that are pioneering the latest technologies and engineering solutions in the exhibition, find new suppliers and engineering partners, hear the latest research in the conference and network with leading industry experts.
J.D. Irving Group company Atlantic Towing, headquartered in Saint John, Canada, says it has selected Vard Electro to integrate a hybrid battery system into the diesel-electric propulsion plant of its 2017-built PSV Atlantic Shrike.
According to Vard Electro, Atlantic Towing is the first company in the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry to implement this multiple-mode application of battery technologies on a single vessel. The firm has received funding for the project through Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL) as a component of the offshore research, development and demonstration program of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
An automated system for mooring ships deployed by the Port of Helsinki has been estimated by DNV GL Maritime Advisory to significantly reduce carbon dioxide and NOX emissions. Calculations using a new port efficiency tool developed by DNV indicate that the port’s use of a MoorMaster automated mooring system reduces vessel fuel consumption by up to 2,800 tons every year, resulting in almost 8,000 tons less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. The system also reduces NOX emissions by up to 70 tons a year, of which 16 tons is at the berth in the city center.
“The Port of Helsinki is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of harbor operations through its Carbon Neutral program.