Based in Switzerland, Almatech has a long history of creating modules for spacecrafts and high-speed sailing hydrofoils. The company is now applying this expertise to creating zero-emission ships capable of offering reliable, high-speed transportation. The company’s Zero Emission Speed Shuttle (ZESST) is available in several different models.
The ZESST Precursor is a six-passenger fast ship for business commuters and private customers, and is now available for pre-orders, with delivery due to start in 2023.
The ZESST 50 and 100 are for passengers and freight transportation, with payload capacities of 4.5 tons and 9 tons respectively. This corresponds to 50 and 100 passengers.
Power system specialist ABB has been contracted by IHI Power Systems to develop an electric tug for the ports of Tokyo Bay for Japanese towage specialist Tokyo Kisen.
The new-build tug will feature ABB’s award-winning power system platform, Onboard DC Grid, and will be the first vessel of its kind to operate in Japan. The vessel, set to be named Taiga, is the result of a collaboration between Tokyo Kisen and e5 Lab, a Japanese consortium which plans and develops fully electric vessels.
The Taiga is under construction at the Kanagawa Dockyard in Kobe and is due for delivery by the end of December 2022.
Berge Bulk, BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies have reached an agreement to install four BARTech WindWings by Yara Marine Technologies on board the 210,000 DWT bulk carrier Berge Olympus.
“This partnership with BAR Tech and Yara Marine is a great step toward our transition to zero-emissions operations. Preserving our planet’s resources is fundamental to Berge Bulk’s sustainability vision and goals,” said James Marshall, CEO of Berge Bulk. “At Berge Bulk, we believe in the results that can be achieved by harnessing wind power. Evaluating this groundbreaking technology, the estimated impact on reducing emissions can be at least as significant as transitional fuels.
The 2022 edition of Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe – Europe’s leading event exclusively dedicated to electric and hybrid marine charging and propulsion systems, technologies and components – featured a host of new product launches and industry innovations, and all under one roof for maximum convenience.
Held at the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands on June 21, 22, 23, the seventh annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo was the biggest yet, with over 230 exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Furthermore, a full three-day conference program saw more than 100 expert speakers share their latest insights across 13 individually themed sessions.
Vallianz has joined forces with Ulstein Design & Solutions, Shift Clean Energy and Bureau Veritas to collaborate on the design and construction of a heavy transport vessel (HTV) that will be the first of its kind in the global offshore wind industry.
Designed for worldwide operations, the HTV will be deployed for the transportation of structures such as monopiles, jackets, transition pieces and turbine blades to support offshore wind farm projects, as well as heavy structure modules for LNG and carry out floatover operations of offshore structures. Featuring zero-emission capability, the DP-2 vessel will be the first of its kind, as it will be driven by a hybrid power system consisting of alternative dual-fueled engines and a fully classed battery energy storage system.
BW LPG has announced that it has converted the main engine of the BW Malacca to dual-fuel running. The last such conversion for a series of 15 LPG carriers, the ship’s MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 type engine was retrofitted to an MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP dual-fuel type capable of operating on fuel oil and LPG.
The work was carried out at Yiu Lian Dockyards in Shenzhen, China, in conjunction with the vessel’s scheduled, five-year docking and under the supervision of MAN PrimeServ, MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division. The BW Malacca has since passed sea trials.
“We could not have accomplished this ambitious project on our own,” said Pontus Berg, executive vice president (Technical) at BW LPG.
Developer of energy solutions for maritime electrification Echandia has entered an agreement to deepen its collaboration with Toshiba. Under the new agreement the partnership will develop fuel-cell technology combined with batteries to accelerate electrification of the maritime industry. The duo’s objective is to develop the market for maritime fuel cell solutions with a focus on extreme heavy-duty applications. Through the collaboration, both Echandia and Toshiba believe it will be possible to increase the lifespan of a typical fuel cell by at least 200%.
“Echandia is proud to announce this partnership with Toshiba, a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology,” commented Magnus Eriksson, CEO, Echandia.
A project named SeaShuttle has secured €15m (US$15.8m) in funding from Norwegian state enterprise ENOVA. The project will see two hydrogen-powered, remotely controlled and autonomous-ready containerships being built for delivery by 2025.
The scheme, led by multimodal transportation and logistics group Samskip and marine robotics company Ocean Infinity, will see the pair of SeaShuttle ships serve a route between Oslo Fjord and Rotterdam, each powered by a 3.2MW hydrogen fuel cell for emission-free sailing.
Announced in April 2022, the partnership between Samskip and Ocean Infinity covers the construction and the operation of both ships. Through the collaboration the duo aims to accelerate a transition toward zero-emission, efficient and safe multimodal logistics.