XALT Energy’s XPAND Li-ion battery system achieves 2018 DNV GL type approval for marine vessels; rack system

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US-based Li-ion battery manufacturer XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL. This Type Approval is an important milestone for both XALT Energy and the marine electrification market.

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Honda establishes Marine Science Foundation

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Inspired by the Japanese concept of sato-umi —the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist—Honda has established the Honda Marine Science Foundation , a new initiative to address marine ecosystem restoration and the impact of humans and climate change on oceans and intertidal areas. Honda also set out to address human impacts on marine environments, including water pollution and overfishing.

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Ferguson Marine and partners to develop renewables-powered hydrogen ferry: EU-funded HySeas III project

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Port Glasgow-based Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited has successfully led a European consortium in a bid for EU funding support for the building and launch of the first sea-going car and passenger ferry fueled by Hydrogen. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity marking a paradigm shift towards entirely emissions-free marine transport. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marine Power Generation

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

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Rolls Royce Marine AS, propulsion and system technology provider. Batteries Ports and MarineClassification 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.

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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. —Nathan Kelly, Caterpillar Marine Product Definition Engineer. Hybrids Ports and Marine

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IHS Markit: 2020 low-sulfur requirements for marine bunker fuels causing scramble for refiners and shippers

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On 27 October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that beginning on 1 January 2020, the maximum sulfur content allowed in marine bunker fuel will be reduced from 3.50% mass by mass (m/m) to 0.50% m/m (35,000 ppm to 5,000 ppm)—five years earlier than many expected.

2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

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Mercury Mariner Goes Out with a Bang. Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. The Mariner is also bundled with innovative high-tech features.

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. Multiple reports show that ethanol blends greater than 10% can cause significant damage to marine engines. As a result, the marine industry has explored biobutanol fuel blends with promising results. We believe that the marine industry will be an important market for Gevo's isobutanol. Biobutanol Ports and Marine

Tenneco showcasing new large engine SCR system for marine applications

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Tenneco’s SCR aftertreatment system features a complete dosing control solution specifically designed for marine engine applications up to 7,500 kW or 10,000 hp. Emissions Ports and Marine Regulations

Titan LNG: ~11% of newbuilds in 2017 were LNG-powered; tipping point for marine fuel

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Titan LNG, a full service supplier of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in North West Europe, reported that in 2017 around 11% of all new build contracts were LNG powered ships, a trend it expects to continue during 2018.

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Saft to supply marine Li-ion battery system to Rolls Royce Marine for hybrid multi-application vessel

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Saft won a major contract from Rolls Royce Marine to supply the specialized marine lithium-ion (Seanergy) battery system for an innovative hybrid multi-application vessel under construction in Denmark for Kystverket, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA). It is Saft’s second major contract signed since the end of last year in the marine segment. Batteries Hybrids Ports and Marine

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.

Ricardo and Recycling Technologies to characterize Plaxx plastic-waste-derived-fuel for marine applications

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The company, a 2013 spin-out from the University, is now working with Ricardo to characterize the use of this recycled, low-sulfur fuel as a substitute for fossil based heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel in applications such as power generation and marine propulsion. UK-based.

UK companies in $2.5M project to develop marine magnetically geared propulsion motor; potential 10% efficiency gain

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Rolls Royce, magnetic gear company Magnomatics and electric motor company ATB Laurence Scott are partnering in a two-year, £1.7-million (US$2.5-million) project to develop an electric Magnetically Geared Propulsion Motor (MGPM) for marine applications. Motors Ports and Marine

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.

2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

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Mercury Mariner Goes Out with a Bang. Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. The Mariner is also bundled with innovative high-tech features.

Toyota and Yanmar to collaborate on marine development and products; Toyota Hybrid Hulls

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have reached a wide-ranging agreement to collaborate on technical development, production, and mutual parts use in the marine industry. The company also manufactures marine engines, as well as fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) fishing boats and industrial vessels.

Mermaid Marine launches 100% biodiesel capable marine engines in UK

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Mermaid Marine is offering the Citius series of heavy-duty marine engines from AGCO SISU Power—the only common rail engine available approved to run on 100% biodiesel with no compromise in performance. —Mermaid Marine sales executive Julian Osborne. The importance of biodiesel is continuously increasing with biodiesel such as rapeseed accepted as an alternative fuel for use in engines.

Australia and Japan developing safety standards for marine transport of liquid hydrogen; KHI building carrier

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Australia Hydrogen Japan Ports and MarineAustralia and Japan recently signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority ( AMSA ) which will allow liquid hydrogen (LH 2 ) to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020.

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

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Many arid environments in the world’s subtropical coastal regions provide an ideal setting for large-scale cultivation of marine microalgae. Marine microalgae grow in seawater, so cultivation facilities could even be located in coastal deserts.

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FEV and Neander Motors AG showcasing double-crankshaft turbo-diesel outboard marine engine at SAE World Congress

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a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle system technologies, will showcase a turbo-diesel outboard marine engine developed in cooperation with Neander Motors AG at the upcoming SAE World Congress 8-10 April at COBO Center in Detroit. Diesel Engines Ports and Marine

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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2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Recap

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The 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is in most ways a re-skinned version of the successful Ford Escape Hybrid. Perhaps what is most endearing about the Mariner is that like the Escape it offers real-world combined fuel economy in the neighborhood of 30 miles per gallon.

Gevo supplies US Coast Guard with isobutanol-blended gasoline for testing in marine applications

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The US Coast Guard R&D Center is using the Gevo-blended fuel as part of a 12-month, long-term operational study on marine engines that began during June. Biobutanol Engines Ports and Marine Coast Guard crewmembers train aboard a 38-foot Special Purpose Craft – Training Boat.

New ABB Azipod D for electric marine propulsion requires 25% less installed power, boosts flexibility

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ABB has introduced a new offering, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod marine electric propulsion systems. Motors Ports and Marine Vehicle Systems Azipod D. Click to enlarge.

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Total joins SEALNG coalition to support ambitious growth plans for LNG as marine fuel

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Total, the world’s fourth-ranked international oil and gas company, has joined SEALNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Total’s ambition is to become the responsible energy major and the Group strongly supports the SEALNG drive to make LNG the preferred clean marine fuel of the future. —Olivier Jouny, Total Marine Fuels Managing Director.

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Wärtsilä in coalition to promote LNG as a marine fuel

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Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of LNG in marine applications, thereby improving the environmental performance of the shipping industry.

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Mærsk Group exploring use of lignin-based marine biofuels; CyclOx and B21st

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Mærsk Group is currently involved in two projects focused on realizing the marine fuel potential of one of the world’s most abundant and sustainable biomass resources: lignin. Global Biofuel Potentials For Marine Engines (B21st report, Sep 2012).

BHP and Goodfuels Marine to collaborate on biofuels pilot project in Singapore

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With support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP and GoodFuels Marine have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on a biofuels pilot project in Singapore, which is expected to be carried out early next year. global sulfur cap on marine fuels which will come into effect from 2020, as well as IMO’s longer term plan to lower carbon emissions for shipping. GoodFuels Marine develops and delivers sustainable biofuels for the maritime sector.

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Scania brings XPI fuel-injection to marine engines

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The latest addition to Scania’s engine range for marine applications incorporates proven common-rail XPI fuel-injection technology (earlier post) for improved fuel efficiency. While the new marine engine delivers an increase in power on the previous generation, the physical size of the complete installation has decreased, making it easy to upgrade an existing V8 installation to the new engine platform.

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PowerCell Sweden receives first marine order for two S3 prototype stacks; on-board H2 production via solar electricity

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PowerCell Sweden AB has received the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks, which Swiss Hydrogen will install on a ship powered by photovoltaics. The current order placed by Swiss Hydrogen at PowerCell comprises two PowerCell S3 prototypes that will be part of a system that is developed and adjusted to the marine environment. PowerCell has, in the past, had many requests concerning marine applications.

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Cat ships first MaK M 46DF dual fuel marine engine

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems shipped the first MaK M 46 DF dual fuel marine engine. The M 46 DF, Caterpillar’s first marine dual fuel solution, will power a newbuild ordered by Germany’s AIDA cruises. Three 12 M 43 C marine engines will also power the cruise liner.

Wärtsilä introducing first marine application of LNG-fueled version of world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel

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This will be the first marine application for the dual-fuel version. The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system, and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line, at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel.

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SEALNG to work together with SGMF to promote LNG as marine fuel

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SEALNG, a multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF). Part of SEALNG’s remit is to educate investors and other key stakeholders in the marine transportation value chain.

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Neste Oil launching new low-sulfur marine fuel in December

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Neste Oil will bring to the market a low-sulfur marine fuel in accordance with the EU sulfur Directive requirements entering into force in 2015, and will begin distributing it in mid-December. The new fuel will significantly reduce sulfur, nitrogen and particle emissions in marine transportation. The sulfur Directive sets a maximum sulfur limit of 0.1% (1000 ppm) for marine fuels in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel.

Leclanché’s launches new marine battery system; to be used in Denmark’s E-ferry

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Leclanché SA announced the market launch of Leclanché Marine Rack System (MRS), a modular, Lithium-ion battery system for marine vessels. Leclanché MRS is the first marine battery system of its type approved by international certification body DNV-GL under revised rules issued in October 2015. There is a huge opportunity for marine vessels across the world to reduce their harmful emissions and cut their operating costs by leveraging battery storage technology.

US MARAD study finds marine use of natural gas substantially reduces some air pollutants and slightly reduces GHG emissions

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A recently released total fuel cycle analysis for maritime case studies shows that natural gas fuels reduce some air quality pollutants substantially, and reduce major greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions slightly, when compared to conventional petroleum-based marine fuels (low-sulfur and high-sulfur). Continued improvements to minimize downstream emissions of methane during vessel-engine operations will also contribute to lower GHG emissions from marine applications of natural gas fuels.

DOE awards $10.5M for next-generation marine energy systems

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million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements. Projects funded under these awards will improve the survivability characteristics and reduce uncertainty regarding installation, operations, and maintenance of MHK systems operating in potentially harsh marine conditions, thus extending their lifespans and ultimately leading to a reduction in the cost of MHK-derived energy.

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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. Other higher ethanol blends such as E15 have caused issues in recreational marine engines, including fuel phase separation, fuel system compatibility issues and engine failures.

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GAC Bunker Fuels partners with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to bring reliable LNG bunkering services to North America

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GAC Bunker Fuels (GBFL), the GAC Group’s bunker trading and brokerage arm, has entered a strategic partnership with REV LNG and REV LNG Marine to deliver LNG bunkering services to ship owners and operators trading in North America. The alliance with the leading full-service LNG supplier and its marine arm REV LNG Marine offers a complete LNG supply chain solution in North American ports, in response to growing demand for LNG as a marine fuel.