A strategic development agreement has been signed between technology group Wärtsilä and Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited. The five-year agreement was signed on December 3 at the Marintec conference and exhibition in Shanghai, China, and is aimed at the joint development of a hybrid-dredger, but could possibly extend to other hybrid vessels as well.
“Collaboration with industry partners is at the very core of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach to raising efficiencies, and eliminating waste throughout the shipping sector,” said Henrik Wilhelms, director Offshore and Special Vessels at Wärtsilä.
“This is one more example of this philosophy, and we look forward to cooperating with Huangpu Wenchong to create hybrid-powered vessels that will benefit the industry by lowering costs and benefit the planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The purpose of the agreement is to build a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid power systems.
Netherlands-based shipping company Spliethoff has selected technology group Wärtsilä to supply a comprehensive package of solutions for two new state-of-the-art vessels. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in November and the ships are under construction at the Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding yard in China.
“Having single-source supplier capabilities allows us to deliver fully integrated solutions that create real value for the owner,” said Luuk Hijlkema, account manager, Wärtsilä Marine. “Such is the case with this order, added to which we have been able to utilize our experience and in-house know-how by partnering in the concept design. These are highly efficient ships requiring flexible and highly efficient onboard equipment, which is why we were selected.”
The design of the two DP2-B-type ships combines the intake of a multi-purpose vessel with Dynamic Positioning station-keeping ability, thus making them ideal for supplying cargo to offshore installations.
The world’s most powerful all-electric boat designed for cleaning up pollution in inland waterways and harbors has been unveiled by EFINOR’s Sea Cleaner subsidiary at the International Nautic Boat Show in Paris-Porte de Versailles.
The Waste Cleaner 66 is powered by a Torqeedo 25kW Deep Blue motor with a 40kWh Deep Blue battery, which provides up to eight hours of endurance at a cleaning speed of 2kts.
“The Waste Cleaner 66 boat is an ideal platform for electrification,” said Dr Christoph Ballin, CEO Torqeedo. “The Deep Blue electric motor provides the low-speed torque and maneuverability needed to capture debris from the water while emitting no noise or exhaust fumes.
Continuing its commitment to sustainable mobility and the circular economy, Renault has worked in partnership with French specialist maritime company Seine Alliance and electric propulsion experts Green-Vision to develop the first all-electric passenger boat powered by ‘second life’ batteries.
Named Black Swan and due to go into service in 2020, the new craft represents the first step toward Seine Alliance’s commitment to an all-electric river cruise fleet by 2024. The vessel can carry up to eight passengers and pioneers the use of lithium-ion batteries that have already had their ‘first car life’ in Renault electric vehicles. After being reconditioned these cells are used to power a pair of 20kW electric motors that allow two hours cruising on the river Seine in Paris, while full charge will take just two to three hours.
Marine energy storage experts SPBES and technical sales and service consultants Bulutlu Marine are pleased to announce an agreement to provide Turkish shipyards with local representation and technical support for SPBES products. The sales partnership is a part of the SPBES overall distribution agreement with Noris Marine Automation.
“Bulutlu Marine is a highly respected member of the maritime industry in Turkey,” said Brent Perry, CEO at SPBES. “Their understanding of ship power systems, exceptional reputation for customer service and long list of satisfied customers make them an ideal partner to help take SPBES to the next level.”
Cem Bulutlu, general manager of Bulutlu Marine, stated, “SPBES technology is the best quality and safest energy storage product in the maritime industry.
Rolls-Royce signed agreements for the delivery of 14 marine engines and more than 500 MTU engines and systems at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai last week.
A total of five documents were signed between Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and the partners Cooltech, EPG, SUMEC Machinery & Electric Co. Ltd., Tellhow and AFAI Southern Shipyard. They cover the delivery of MTU engines of Series 4000, partly manufactured by MTU Yuchai Power, the joint venture of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the Chinese diesel engine manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company.
“We are proud that our esteemed Chinese partners put their trust in our marine propulsion and power generation solutions,” said Tobias Ostermaier, president Greater China at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Volkswagen Group Logistics has become the first company to use car freighters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in overseas traffic. The two charter ships of Siem Car Carriers were launched last Friday in Xiamen, China.
The ships – named Siem Confucius and Siem Aristotle – will replace two of the nine conventional heavy oil-powered cargo ships currently used by Group Logistics on the Atlantic between Europe and North America. The Siem Confucius will be integrated into this service from January 2020 after its transfer from Asia to Europe. The second ship will start operations in spring 2020 in the same area.
The technology group Wärtsilä and leading air lubrication solution provider Silverstream Technologies have announced the signing of a Licence and Co-operation Agreement for future sales and servicing of the Silverstream System. As an authorized sales and service partner, Wärtsilä intends to fully integrate Silverstream’s air lubrication system within its propulsion solutions.
The Silverstream System creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel. This carpet reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water, dramatically reducing fuel consumption and related emissions. The technology works in all maritime conditions, is not weather dependent, and does not constrain or negatively impact the normal operational profile of the vessel.