Doosan Fuel Cell partners with Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on SOFCs for ships

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Korea-based Doosan FuelCell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding, a shipbuilding holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, for the joint development of solid oxide fuel cells for ships. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marine

UECC and Goodfuels parther on first use of marine biofuel in the ro-ro segment

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Leading short sea ro-ro operator UECC and sustainable marine biofuel pioneer GoodFuels have launched a joint trial of GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky. Bio-hydrocarbons Emissions Fuels Ports and Marine

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Eastern Pacific Shipping, OCI & MAN partner to develop methanol & ammonia as marine fuels; retrofits and newbuilds

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OCI) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) to develop methanol and ammonia as marine fuels to support industry-wide decarbonization and environmental preservation efforts. Also, EPS will construct newbuild vessels with MAN engines powered by the same two alternative marine fuels.

ICCT life-cycle analysis finds no climate benefit in using LNG as marine fuel

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The shipping industry increasingly is also looking to LNG as a way to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) climate goals. LNG emits approximately 25% less CO 2 than conventional marine fuels in providing the same amount of propulsion power.

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Wärtsilä & PSA Marine complete initial sea trials for autonomous Intellitug

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Joint project between Wärtsilä and PSA Marine sees first commercial Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) trialled in Port of Singapore waters. The technology group Wärtsilä and PSA Marine have successfully completed initial sea trials for the “IntelliTug” project.

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Wärtsilä to collaborate with Anemoi Marine Technologies in future sales of Rotor Sail solutions

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The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tied to a License and Cooperation agreement with UK-based Anemoi Marine Technologies for the future sales and servicing of Rotor Sail solutions to the shipping industry.

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€12M Current Direct project seeks to support marine electrification with swappable containerized battery system

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Additionally, a swappable containerized energy storage system optimized for cost and operation in the waterborne transport industry will be developed. The Current Direct project is dedicated to: significantly reduce the total cost of waterborne transport batteries; cut GHG emissions of the marine transport sector through electrification of vessel fleets; increase the energy density of waterborne battery cells; and. Batteries Europe Market Background Ports and Marine

Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy sign joint development agreement for SOFC-powered ships

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Solid-oxide fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), a part of Samsung Group, have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and to develop fuel cell-powered ships. Fuel Cells Fuels Hydrogen Ports and Marine

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MAN Energy launches industry consortium to develop medium-speed, ammonia-fueled engine

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Initiated by MAN with partners from industry and research institutes, it aims to define the steps necessary to produce a dual-fuel, medium-speed engine capable of running on diesel-fuel and ammonia. Ammonia Engines Fuels Ports and Marine

Transport Canada contracts CNL to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector

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Transport Canada has awarded a contract to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, to develop an assessment tool to examine clean technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the release of other pollutants from marine vessels. CNL scientists will also examine different technologies that can be used for the production, storage and handling of hydrogen for marine vessels.

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Ricardo and alkaline fuel cell company AFC Energy collaborate on hydrogen applications for marine, rail and stationary

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Ricardo plc and AFC Energy plc, a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, signed a collaboration agreement on the joint creation of hydrogen fuel cell product and service offerings, with an initial focus on marine, rail and stationary power generation.

Tritec Marine and Stena collaborate on new LNG bunker concept: SAFE Bunker

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Tritec Marine and Stena LNG have collaborated to create the innovative SAFE Bunker concept. The LNG bunkering industry has seen significant growth and maturity, a trend which is expected to continue throughout the decade and beyond. LNG Market Background Ports and Marine

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Toshiba’s SCiB Li-ion battery system Japan’s first recognized compliant with ClassNK guidline for marine vessels

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At a time when pollution regulations are increasingly focused on the emissions ships generate, the SCiB will contribute to the protection of the marine and global environments. Batteries Ports and Marine

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FortisBC joins SEALNG to advance LNG as marine fuel

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SEALNG, the multi-sector industry coalition accelerating the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, welcomed Canadian LNG provider FortisBC to the growing coalition. FortisBC has developed truck-to-ship bunkering solutions and technologies in collaboration with its customers to advance the use of LNG in the domestic marine sector. Canada Fuels LNG Ports and Marine

Industry & environmentalists tell EU the future of shipping fuel is green hydrogen and ammonia

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The EU should promote the use of green hydrogen and ammonia by ships as part of its upcoming maritime fuel law, major shipping industry players and environmentalists have told the European Commission. In a public letter , shipping companies DFDS, CMB and Viking Cruises, commodities trader Trafigura, and green group Transport & Environment (T&E) say green hydrogen and ammonia are sustainable and can be produced in sufficient quantities to decarbonise the industry.

Carbon Clean and Liquid Wind partner on eMethanol production for marine fuel

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Carbon Clean’s technology will capture biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from a local industrial site. When used as marine fuel, eMethanol reduces carbon emissions by 94% compared to current fossil fuels. Carbon Clean, a developer of low-cost carbon capture technology, has entered into an agreement with power-to-fuels developer Liquid Wind. Within the Liquid Wind facility, the CO 2 will then be combined with renewable hydrogen to form the carbon-neutral liquid fuel, eMethanol.

Kongsberg selects Leclanché for energy storage solutions for electric and hybrid marine industry; 45 MWh for 9 vessels

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Leading global maritime technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Leclanché as its battery partner and supplier of customized marine energy storage solutions. Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system order to date for 9 vessels totalling 45MWh batteries. Batteries Electric (Battery) Ports and Marine

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EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium is aiming to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. Due to environmental concerns and national as well as international regulations associated with fossil based HFOs, there is a considerable need for cleaner, renewable and economic alternatives for the maritime industry. Biomass Europe Fuels Ports and Marine

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Wärtsilä launches 31SG pure gas engine for marine applications; suited for hybrid systems

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Wärtsilä has launched the 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications. Following Wärtsilä’s introduction of dual-fuel engine technology in the 1990s, LNG has become established as a viable and attractive marine fuel. This has led to the rapid expansion of the global LNG bunkering infrastructure, which sets the stage for the next evolutionary step—a larger scale application of pure gas engines within the marine and offshore industries.

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Ballard introduces fuel cell industry’s first commercial module to power ships: FCwave

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Ballard Power Systems has launched the fuel cell industry’s first module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. Ballard’s FCwave fuel cell module can be combined in 200-kilowatt increments to provide megawatts of power for marine vessels.

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MAN Cryo first supplier to develop a marine, liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system

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MAN Cryo, the wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has—in close cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime in Norway— developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen. The award is significant in that the system is the first marine-system design globally to secure such an approval. MAN Cryo states that it sees a bright future for hydrogen applications globally as part of its target of achieving zero fossil emissions within the marine sector by 2050.

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Wärtsilä to begin long-term, full-scale testing of ammonia as marine fuel in four-stroke engine

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The technology group Wärtsilä, in close customer cooperation with Knutsen OAS Shipping AS and Repsol, as well as with the Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre, will commence the world’s first long-term, full-scale, testing of ammonia as a fuel in a marine four-stroke combustion engine. —Egil Hystad, General Manager, Market Innovation at Wärtsilä Marine Business. Ammonia Emissions Fuels Ports and Marine

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Testing by recreational marine industry suggests up to 16.1% blends of isobutanol can be used in marine engines

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A consortium of leading organizations from the recreational marine industry has completed more than four years of testing Gevo’s. renewable isobutanol in marine engines. can be used in marine engines without deterioration of engine or boat performance. Ongoing research in the industry has been exploring cost-effective fuel alternatives. These issues have driven the marine industry to explore alternative biofuel solutions such as biobutanol.

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Ballard Power Systems establishing a Marine Center of Excellence in Europe for fuel cell applications

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—is establishing a Marine Center of Excellence (Marine CoE) dedicated to fuel cell marine applications at the company’s engineering, manufacturing and service facility in Hobro, Denmark. The Marine CoE will design and manufacture heavy duty fuel cell modules to address zero-emission powertrain requirements for the marine industry. Reduction of pollutants and carbon emissions is a high priority for the marine industry and port cities.

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Researchers and industry present interim results of the MethanQuest project

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—Norbert Brackmann, Member of the German Bundestag and Federal Government Coordinator for the maritime industry. Furthermore, gas in LNG form is beginning to gain a foothold as a new marine fuel.

Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Members of the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), led by Duke University in North Carolina, have published an open-access paper in the journal Oceanography presenting the large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICMM) as an answer to pressing global energy, food and climate security issues. Many arid environments in the world’s subtropical coastal regions provide an ideal setting for large-scale cultivation of marine microalgae.

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National Marine Manufacturers Association endorses use of isobutanol in marine fuel market

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol. The research and subsequent resolution to move forward formally with butanol as an industry-wide biofuel alternative comes as the industry focuses on addressing the congressionally-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into the gasoline supply by 2022. Biobutanol Ports and Marine

Shipping industry companies launch new zero-carbon shipping research center

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A group of leading shipping industry companies are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. Møller - Mærsk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Lines and Siemens Energy. As an independent research center, it will work across the entire shipping sector with industry, academia and authorities. Emissions Fuels Market Background Ports and Marine

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Maritime industry players join forces to realize the decarbonization potential of solid oxide fuel cells

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Funded by a grant from Danish EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program), the partners will pursue a high-efficiency solution with the scalability to support marine industry decarbonization. The project, SOFC4Maritime, will target optimal utilization of future green fuels via application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels. Such alternatives are needed in the maritime industry, which must transition to greener power over just a few decades.

First conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on ethane as a fuel

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ABS has confirmed the successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on ethane as a fuel. ABS is a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries. Conversions Fuels Ports and Marine

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Volvo Penta launches industry’s first fully integrated Assisted Docking System

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Volvo Penta announced the commercial availability of the industry’s first fully integrated Assisted Docking system. Autonomous driving Ports and MarineThe Assisted Docking system gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables, such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course. The technology will be on display at Volvo Penta’s virtual booth at CES from 11-14 January 2021.

Gulf MARINE fuel with isobutanol meets new biofuel recommendations from National Marine Manufacturers Association

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Gulf Racing Fuels announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol ( earlier post ) is one of the first fuels on the market to comply with the recent biofuel recommendations issued last week by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). Gulf MARINE fuel is made with Gevo-supplied isobutanol at a 12.5% The new recommendations come after five years of extensive marine industry testing of fuel containing isobutanol.

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PowerCell, Siemens to partner on development of marine fuel cell systems; integration into BlueDrive

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PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a memorandum of understanding with the German industrial group Siemens AG to enter into a partnership in order to drive forward the integration of fuel cell modules in shipping. In June, a power generating system based on PowerCell’s fuel cell stacks and developed by PowerCell’s Norwegian joint venture Hyon, received the first approval in principle for a fuel cell-based power generating system for marine vessels. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marine

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Siemens targeting Li-ion energy storage for marine and offshore oil and gas applications; 6MW system to West Mira rig

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As part of a strategy to continue providing low-emissions solutions for harsh offshore operating environments, Siemens has opened a fully robotized and digitalized plant in Norway that will develop and manufacture energy storage technologies for both marine and offshore oil and gas applications. Eventually, the plant will assemble 55 battery modules per shift for the marine and offshore market. Batteries Oil Ports and Marine

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Toyota, TRI-AD, and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance ally to develop advanced automated driving technology

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TRI-AD), and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Specifically, Toyota and TRI-AD will recreate actual traffic accident conditions or dangerous conditions that contribute to accidents in their automated driving simulation environment based on data provided by Tokio Marine & Nichido. Tokio Marine & Nichido will seek to develop an advance claims system to enhance swift claims payment in the future, using data provided by automated driving vehicles.

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Sumitomo Heavy Industries granted Approval in Principle for medium-size high-pressure LNG dual-fueled tanker

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Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., Fuels LNG Ports and MarineLtd., was granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register Group Limited for a medium-size tanker equipped with a high-pressure LNG dual-fuel system. This tanker is equipped with an LNG dual-fuel system and large-capacity LNG tank.

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DNV GL launches JDP to drive marine Li-ion battery safety and adoption

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Classification society DNV GL has launched a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system, offers the industry the opportunity to improve fuel economy, reliability and operational costs. Rolls Royce Marine AS, propulsion and system technology provider. Batteries Ports and Marine

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GoodFuels Marine and Boskalis successfully test UPM’s sustainable wood-based biofuel for marine fleet

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Boskalis, a leading global dredging and marine expert, and GoodFuels Marine, a leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, have successfully performed live tests on a sustainable wood-based drop-in biofuel called UPM BioVerno. The fuel supplied by Finland-based UPM Biofuels is the first biofuel derived from wood residue used in a marine fleet.

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Forecast: marine hybrid propulsion market to reach $4.5B by 2022

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A market study recently published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) projected that revenue from the global marine hybrid propulsion market will rise from US$2.24 According to the report, the diesel-electric system is the most common technology configuration utilized in the global marine hybrid propulsion market. Among end users, ferries dominate the global marine hybrid propulsion market in terms of installation.

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Euro Parliament Environment Committee votes to include shipping CO2 in EU ETS; shipping industry to contribute to climate neutrality

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20% of the revenues under the Fund shall be used to contribute to protecting, restoring and efficiently managing marine ecosystems impacted by global warming. Climate Change Emissions Europe Market Background Ports and MarineThe Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted to include CO 2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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SwRI opens new high-horsepower dynamometer facility to service marine, rail and petroleum industries

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently opened a new high-horsepower engine dynamometer facility to improve its engine research and evaluation services to industries that use engines up to 7,000 horsepower for applications in transportation, pipelines and power generation.

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Caterpillar Marine developing hybrid tug with Sanmar Shipyards; Advanced Variable Drive

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Caterpillar Marine is collaborating with Sanmar Shipyards in Istanbul, Turkey to build an innovative tugboat with a hydraulic hybrid propulsion system. Sanmar is the largest tug builder in Turkey with over 40 years of experience and known as a market leader at the forefront of the tug building industry. —Nathan Kelly, Caterpillar Marine Product Definition Engineer. Hybrids Ports and Marine

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Newcastle Univ. researchers say expansion of Panama Canal could help reduce carbon footprint of marine industry

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In a paper published this month in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering , Paul Stott and Dr Peter Wright of Newcastle University, UK, suggest that the $6-billion Panama Canal expansion program offers the marine industry as a whole an opportunity to reduce its environmental impact. This will remove the breadth restriction of 32.2m (known as ‘Panamax’ in the shipping industry) that has constrained ships using the canal since it opened in 1914.

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