Scandlines improving four hybrid ferries
Scandlines is upgrading to more efficient thrusters on four of its hybrid ferries. These are engine components located at each corner of the ferry. The new thrusters achieve a more homogeneous flow through the water, which causes less noise and vibration.
Volvo Penta electrifies diesel ferry
Building on the ElectriCity project in Gothenburg, the city’s existing electric bus service will be expanded to include a fully electric ferry. For this purpose, a diesel ferry is to be converted to an electric ship propulsion system from Volvo Penta.
Series-ready hybrid yacht from Sunseeker and RR
British luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce have agreed to present the first production yacht with hybrid propulsion system from Rolls-Royce subsidiary MTU next year. The new system was recently unveiled at Boot Düsseldorf.
Norway: Siemens opens battery factory for ships
Siemens has opened an “advanced robotized and digitized” battery module factory in Trondheim, where 55 battery modules will be assembled per shift for marine and offshore markets. The factory comprises a line with eight robot stations and a capacity of up to 300 MWh per year.
Norway commissions high speed hydrogen ferry
Norway is funding a hydrogen-powered high speed ferry and a short-sea freighter through their PILOT-E programme. They awarded a grant to Hyon, a joint venture between Nel, Hexagon Composites and PowerCell Sweden to realise the project together with partners.
Rolls-Royce presents Li-ion battery for ships
Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. This is the first time the British propulsion specialist will deliver batteries to fit their drives as such units were previously supplied by an external party. The SAVe Energy system is modular.
All-electric pilot boat by Canada’s Robert Allan
Naval engineering firm Robert Allan has designed an all-electric pilot boat to ferry pilots to their bigger barges waiting further at sea. The RAlly 1600-E is to run 5 nautical miles, just short of 10 km, leaving enough capacity in the battery to get back safe.
Electric boats to clean up China’s waterways
Germany’s Torqueedo has received a large order from China, where the mega manufacturing hub Suzhou struggles to clean up its act. 177 workboats powered by Torqueedo’s all-electric drive are to be deployed on the region’s many waterways to scoop up debris.
Electric speedboat for kids and grown-ups too
The open water is the next frontier for electric mobility, or shallow waters in this case of a speedboat designed for children. Conceived as a present initially, the boatbuilder has now put his whole weight behind it and hopes for the crowd to back him. An adult version is in the making too.