Construction Begins on Wasaline Hybrid Ro/Pax

Construction Begins on Wasaline Hybrid Ro/Pax

Finland’s Rauma Marine Construction has commenced construction of the hybrid ferry Aurora Botnia for Wasaline with the expected delivery of the ship to take place in the spring of next year. To utilize a hybrid power generation system as well as an electric propulsion system, the vessel will be the first ro/pax to be issued a Clean Design class notation by DNV. Propulsion will be provided by four Wärtsilä main engines that will run on both LNG and liquefied biogas, with the latter to be supplied by a plant in Vaasa that produces the gas from recycled materials. A large…
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Innovative Ro/Pax Ferry

Innovative Ro/Pax Ferry

Denmark’s Knud E. Hansen has developed the design of a 7,500-dwt hybrid ro/pax ferry that would utilize two propulsion engines with a combined power of 25.6 Megawatts driving twin screws to give a service speed of 23 knots. The 212-meter by 28.5-meter vessel would have a capacity for 700 passengers and 390 cars along with 2,955 lane meters of deck area for commercial vehicles. The ship would be certified as a EuroClass Type A vessel and would be fully SOLAS compliant while adhering to Safe Return to Port requirements.
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First All-Electric Ferry  for France

First All-Electric Ferry for France

The first all-electric passenger ferry in France has entered service following completion by Idra Navacco at Soudan. Built to a design furnished by L2O Naval, based in Lorient, the 35-passenger e-Boucarot is powered by an integrated electric propulsion system developed by Germany’s Torqeedo that consists of two 10 kW electric outboards and four 48V 5 kWh lithium batteries. The 32.5-foot-long all-aluminum catamaran has a top speed of eight knots and can operate for up to 20 hours between shore-based recharges.
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All-Electric Double-Ender  for Norway

All-Electric Double-Ender for Norway

Norwegian ferry operator Brevik Fergeselskap has ordered an all-electric passenger/vehicle ferry from Holland Shipyards Group for delivery before the end of this year. The 42-meter by 11-meter double-ender, to have 1,300 kWh of battery power, will be capable of transporting 98 passengers and 16 vehicles across the waters of Eidangerfjorden to connect the settlements of Brevik, Sandøya and Bjørkøya
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Evergreen Orders Con-Green Boxships

Evergreen Orders Con-Green Boxships

Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corporation has ordered a series of four 172-meter by 27.4-meter Con-green container ships from South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for delivery starting in 2021. The 1,800 TEU capacity vessels have been developed by Hyundai in conjunction with MAN Energy Solutions and classification society DNV GL to maximize vessel operational efficiency and meet Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 requirements which start in 2025.
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BC Ferries Orders Another Salish-Class

BC Ferries Orders Another Salish-Class

After receiving its first two hybrid-electric ferries in January from the Damen yard in Romania (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Feb 2020) BC Ferries expects to receive its fourth Salish-class LNG-fueled ferry from Poland’s Remontowa yard in 2022. The mid-size vessel, which will be able to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew, will replace the 1965-built Mayne Queen which is limited to 58 vehicles and 400 passengers and crew.
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LPG Tankers Being Converted  to Burn LPG as Fuel

LPG Tankers Being Converted to Burn LPG as Fuel

Singapore-headquartered BW LPG, part of the BW Group, has exercised an option with South Korea’s STX Heavy Industries covering the retrofit of four more of its Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs) to a dual-fuel configuration. This will allow them to burn a portion of their LPG cargos as fuel. Exercise of the option follows Type Approval Testing of a prototype engine and system by STX that exceeded expectations. MAN Energy Solutions will now oversee the conversion of four MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 HFO-burning engines to 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP (Liquid Gas Injection Propane) LPG-fueled dual-fuel engines this year, followed by a second set of…
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French Companies Join in Development of Sailing Freighter

French Companies Join in Development of Sailing Freighter

The French Sogestran group has decided to invest in Neoline’s project to develop a transatlantic sailing freighter through its subsidiary, Compagnie Maritime Nantaise – MN. Sogestran will assist Neoline in financing its first ships and setting up a company to operate them. The 446-foot sailing cargo ships will use sails as their main propulsion, with an expected commercial speed of 11 knots, using trained crews and advanced meteorological routing technology. Neoline plans to place an order for the building of the first vessel with Bouguenaissas-based Neopolia Mobility following support provided by several other French companies including Renault Group, Manitou Group…
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Russian Icebreaker Movement

Russian Icebreaker Movement

Russia’s Rosmorport has positioned the 14,334-ton displacement icebreaker Novorossiysk, commissioned in 2017, to the Port of Vanino in the western Pacific to provide icebreaking support services for vessels operating in the Sea of Japan. The three-year-old vessel replaces the 12,288-ton displacement icebreaker Captain Khlebnikov, built in 1982, which has been moved to the Port of Prigorodnoye in Sakhalin Oblast to support expanding oil tanker and gas carrier traffic.
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