The launch of a containerized shore-to-ship power system called QuayPower has been announced by MJR Power & Automation. The system will enable ships to shut down auxiliary diesel engines when docked in ports and instead plug-in to a quayside electrical grid to power onboard systems, reducing emissions and improving local air quality.
QuayPower has been engineered to meet environmental challenges faced by port and vessel operators, and MJR claims that it will provide users with a cost-effective, modular and scalable containerized power conversion solution that is easily integrated with existing port power infrastructure.
Due to its modular design, the system can be used to charge a wide array of vessels including workboats, ferries, offshore support vessels and container ships.
Teesside-based MJR Power & Automation has been awarded UK government funding for its offshore wind on-turbine electrical vessel charging system as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
Funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the grant will enable the company to speed up development and demonstration of its electrical vessel charging system.
The system consists of offshore wind turbines to generate electricity, and charge points that will make it possible for electric crew transfer vessels and offshore support vessels to charge in the field via a green energy source.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) have been given an Approval in Principle by Bureau Veritas for their newly designed and developed ammonia carrier, which is set to feature ammonia-fueled propulsion.
The proposed vessel will measure 227m in length and 36.6m in width and was developed to be compatible with existing infrastructure for ammonia as well as reflect the maritime market’s demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs). HHI and KSOE’s ship has been optimized for the safe carriage of ammonia as a single cargo and will feature four prismatic-type cargo tanks with a total capacity of 91,000m3.
Fuel company Repsol has confirmed the start of construction of an LNG bunker in Bilbao, Spain. The bunker terminal is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2022 and will coincide with the delivery of Brittany Ferries’ first LNG-powered ship, the Salamanca.
The Salamanca will carry out operations between the UK and Spain, with the building of the LNG bunker in Bilbao an important step for the ferry company as it moves toward energy transition and the renewal of its fleet.
The terminal will feature a cryogenic tank with a storage capacity of 1,000m3 permitting the natural gas to be kept in a liquid state at -160°C.
An ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) study that utilized data from vessels within the Avance Gas Holding (AGH) fleet suggests that a new-build, dual-fuel gas carrier ship generates lower CO2 emissions over its operational lifetime than an existing gas carrier that has been converted to run on dual fuel.
ABS compared the potential greenhouse gas emissions of a dual-fuel, new-build very large gas carrier (VLGC) with those of two of AGH’s VLGC ships over a 20- and 25-year lifecycle – this included the vessels’ decommissioning. The findings suggest that conversion of a vessel increases emission intensity by between 13.7% and 32.6% compared with a completely new vessel.
Kongsberg Maritime and Vard shipyard have signed a contract for the supply of PM thrusters for installation on a pair of new offshore wind farm maintenance vessels, known as construction service operations vessels (CSOV).
The ships will be designed and built for Rem Offshore by the Vard Group, and the supply package will include PM azimuth thrusters, PM tunnel thrusters and a retractable azimuth thruster. This system will improve maneuverability, increase propulsion efficiency and enable the vessel to output less noise.
PM thrusters generate rotation via an electromagnetic field rather than a motor and shaft. This rotational force or torque is produced by a PM motor integrated around the outer diameter of the vessel’s propeller.
Swiss energy storage company Leclanché is to introduce a turnkey solution for the marine industry that will enable hybrid and electric vessels to fast charge when returning to harbors and ports.
Damen Shipyards Group has selected Leclanché to build and provide two fast-charging stations with electrical storage systems at locations on Lake Ontario, Canada, to serve two of the company’s electric ferries.
The Amherst Islander II is a fully electric ferry with a 1.9MWh capacity Leclanché battery system and capacity for 300 passengers and 42 cars. The second e-ferry, called the Wolfe Islander IV, is the larger of the two vessels and features a 4.6MWh Leclanché battery system and the capacity to carry 83 cars and 399 passengers.
The recently announced US$3m (£2.2m) HIMET (Hydrogen in an Integrated Maritime Energy Transition) project will investigate a range of maritime solutions for the decarbonization of ferries and cruise terminal operations in the Orkney area.
Led by Scottish company EMEC Hydrogen, based in Orkney, the project’s partners will design systems such as a hydrogen storage system and an onboard auxiliary power supply that utilizes a hydrogen fuel cell to reduce carbon emissions from ferries. Furthermore, the team plans to run a conventional ferry propulsion engine on pure hydrogen for testing purposes.
For the development of shore-side power, a crew welfare facility at the cruise terminal in Hatston will use power generated by a hydrogen engine.