MITSUI E&S and its subsidiary company in the US, PACECO, began commercial operations of the first hydrogen fuel cell powered rubber-tired gantry (RTG) Crane “MITSUI-Paceco H2-ZE Transtainer crane” at the Port of Los Angeles. The H2-ZE RTG Transtainer Crane features a PACECO-Mitsui Fuel Cell Power Pack (FCPP) designed to power... Read more →


Fortescue, with support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), successfully completed propulsion and maneuverability trials of its Singapore-registered Fortescue Green Pioneer in the Port of Singapore. (Earlier post.) The trials were conducted using 6.4 m3 (4.4 tonnes) of liquid ammonia, in combination with diesel and Hydrogenated Vegetable... Read more →


At the end of 2024, a shipbuilding cluster for the production of electric river transport vessels (earlier post) will open in Nagatinsky Zaton District in Moscow. No such facilities have been built in Russia in recent years. The history of Moscow shipbuilding is almost 90 years old. In 1936, a... Read more →


bp has signed an eight-year offtake agreement with Circtec, a UK-based technology company that develops and operates innovative pyrolysis chemical process technology and that converts hard-to-recycle waste tires into HUPA—Circtec’s proprietary renewable drop-in marine fuel, and circular naphtha petrochemical feedstock. = Under the agreement bp is committed to purchasing up... Read more →


FuelCell Energy and Toyota Motor North America celebrated the grand opening of the first-of-its-kind “Tri-gen” system at the Port of Long Beach, California. Tri-gen uses biogas to produce renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and usable water, and was built to support the vehicle processing and distribution center for Toyota Logistics Services... Read more →


FHWA announces $148M in grants to help reduce truck air pollution near ports

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced $148 million in grants to 11 states and Puerto Rico under the first round of a new $400-million program to improve air quality and reduce pollution for truck drivers, port workers and families that live in communities surrounding ports. The Reduction... Read more →


Two hydrogen-powered passenger ferries ordered by Norwegian transport company Torghatten Nord are set for Lloyd’s Register (LR) class following Approval in Principle (AiP) awarded in August 2022. Designed by The Norwegian Ship Design Company to operate in the challenging waters of the Vestfjordstrekninga fjord in the Arctic Circle, the two... Read more →


Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the methanol-fueled auxiliary engines for five new container vessels for COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd and seven new container vessels for Orient Overseas Container Line. Each vessel will operate with three 8-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M engines. This is the Chinese maritime sector’s largest... Read more →


TMC & SGS produce world-first nickel sulfate from deep-seafloor polymetallic nodules

TMC the metals company Inc. announced that it has successfully produced the world’s first nickel sulfate derived exclusively from seafloor polymetallic nodules. The sulfate was generated during bench-scale testing of its hydrometallurgical flowsheet design in partnership with SGS Canada Inc., at its Lakefield, Ontario facility. Undertaken on samples of nickel-cobalt-copper... Read more →


Incat Tasmania announced a new partnership with Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS to complete a design study for the construction of a electric-hybrid ferry. The 72-meter ferry, which will have the option to convert to fully electric, is suited to a number of ferry routes across Europe. Since launching... Read more →


FTA announces $316M to modernize ferry service

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $316 million to support and modernize passenger ferry service in communities across the country. Across the country, there are approximately three million ferry riders each month, utilizing these transit services to get to work, school, healthcare appointments,... Read more →


Seaspan and Hapag-Lloyd enter into agreement to retrofit 5 containerships for methanol main engines

Seaspan Corporation (Seaspan), the leading independent maritime asset owner and operator, and Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest container shipping lines in the world, have entered into a partnership agreement to retrofit and convert five (5) 10,000 TEU containerships powered by conventional S90-type engines to dual-fuel engines capable of running on... Read more →


Wärtsilä introduced a new high-performance thruster and propulsion control solution that offers operators of offshore vessels, ferries and tugs notable improved operational performance and greater efficiency. The package utilizes a combination of Wärtsilä’s WST-E embedded electric steerable thruster and WST-R retractable thrusters, together with an updated remote propulsion control system... Read more →


Coastal Workboats will collaborate with EST-Floattech, a provider of energy storage solutions for the maritime sector. EST-Floattech will be providing the battery system for the purpose-built Electric-Landing Utility Vessel (E-LUV) to be built at Coastal Workboats new yard Stornoway and the Shore-based Power Supply System (SPSS). This collaboration is realized... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions has received an order for 3 × MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol in connection with the construction of a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker. The dual-fuel engines will form part of a diesel-electric propulsion system on board the vessel... Read more →


DFDS to deploy two battery electric vessels on the English Channel by 2030

Denmark-based international shipping and logistics company DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs- Selskab) reaffirmed its commitment to the electrification of cross-channel transport after meeting with UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson. DFDS‘s long-term goal is to have up to six battery-powered vessels operating on its routes on the... Read more →


Imabari Shipbuilding will install an MAN B&W 7S60ME-Ammonia engine with SCR in connection with the construction of a 200,000 dwt class bulk carrier for a joint venture between K Line, NS United and Itochu Corporation. The business represents one of the first projects for MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-powered engine that... Read more →


FT: Glut of imported cars turning European ports into car parks; Chinese EVs a leading cause

The Financial Times reports that masses of imported vehicles are piling up at European ports, turning them into “car parks”. According to the report, port and car industry executives have pointed to a pile-up of Chinese electric cars as one of the leading causes of the problem, with some companies... Read more →


Study finds that up to 11M tonnes of waste plastic is on the ocean floor

New research from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and the University of Toronto in Canada, estimates up to 11 million tonnes of plastic pollution is sitting on the ocean floor. Every minute, a garbage truck’s worth of plastic enters the ocean. With plastic use expected to double by 2040, understanding... Read more →


Advent Technologies partners with Siemens Energy to develop 500 kW HT-PEM fuel cell system for ships

Advent Technologies signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Siemens Energy. The newly signed JDA outlines the collaboration between Advent and Siemens Energy, combining Advent’s HT-PEM fuel cell 50kW modules utilizing its Ion-Pair membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology (earlier post) with Siemens Energy’s electrification and automation solutions for hybrid and... Read more →


Amogy and ITOCHU partner to explore application of ammonia-powered solution for decarbonizing ships

Amogy, a provider of mature, scalable, and efficient ammonia-to-power solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ITOCHU Corporation, a Japan-based global trading and import/export company. This strategic partnership is aimed at exploring the potential application of Amogy’s technology on ITOCHU’s maritime vessels. Amogy’s technology cracks liquid ammonia into its... Read more →


Infineon Technologies AG and HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. (HD KSOE) have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a first step towards jointly developing emerging applications for the electrification of marine engines and machinery using energy-efficient power semiconductor technology. HD KSOE, a marine pioneer and... Read more →


HyAxiom, Doosan Fuel Cell SOFC stack passes DNV environmental testing for maritime application

Fuel cell and hydrogen solutions providers HyAxiom, Inc. (HyAxiom) and Doosan Fuel Cell Co., Ltd. (DFCC) announced their Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) cell stack has passed a critical environmental test by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. This is the... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions and Svitzer have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focused on the development of a methanol-fueled version of the MAN 175D engine, designated 175DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol). (Earlier post.) The MoU targets the finalization of a field-test agreement based on which a dual-fuel engine and plant equipment will... Read more →


Fortescue, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), government agencies, research institutes, and industry partners, has successfully conducted the world’s first use of ammonia, in combination with diesel in the combustion process, as a marine fuel onboard the Singapore-flagged ammonia-powered vessel, the Fortescue Green Pioneer,... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions announced that its MAN 51/60DF engine has passed the milestone of 10 million operational hours. The dual-fuel engine has proved popular with 310 engines currently in service—an increase of almost 100 units since 2022. The 51/60DF engine, which can run on a wide variety of fuels including... Read more →


TECO 2030 has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV regarding compressed hydrogen fuel systems. The Approval in Principle granted by DNV comes with no showstopper conditions, affirming the viability and safety of TECO 2030’s compressed hydrogen fuel system design. These systems are designed to be applicable for all... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions announced the production of a massive Cluster 5 Double Layer SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalytic converter for customer, MITSUI E&S Co., Ltd.. The cluster comes ammonia-ready and is the largest such unit that the company has ever built. Such systems are typically used aboard cruise ships and... Read more →


Alfa Laval has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korean shipyard K Shipbuilding (KSB) for collaboration with respect to entering Alfa Laval OceanGlide Air Lubrication System in KSB’s potential newbuilding projects such as MR and LR1 Tankers. In 2023, Alfa Laval acquired Marine Performance Systems B.V., a Rotterdam-based maritime... Read more →


EH Group announced that its EH Fuel Cell System TRACE-M250, designed for high power and maritime applications, has been assessed by DNV, a leading classification and certification body. This independent review confirms that the fuel cell design meets all the applicable maritime rules, regulations, codes and standards. Based on EH... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, MITSUI E&S Co. Ltd., successfully tested a 50-bore (50 cm) MAN B&W two-stroke engine up to 100% load at its Tamano facility while running on hydrogen, a first for the maritime industry. In collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions, MITSUI converted one of the four cylinders of... Read more →


MAN expands dual-fuel methanol agreement with CCS

MAN Energy Solutions and China Classification Society (CCS) signed a sub-agreement in line with the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA) the two parties previously agreed in September 2023 in Beijing. The SFA, on ‘Decarbonization and Digitalization in the maritime industry’, is scheduled to last for five years. The new sub-agreement—the third... Read more →


Hyster to supply 10 battery-electric terminal tractors to APM Terminals

Hyster Company will provide APM Terminals with 10 battery-powered terminal tractors for their location at the Port of Mobile in Alabama. The electric terminal tractors, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2024, are part of a $60-million investment in port equipment electrification pilots by APM Terminals. The electric terminal... Read more →


Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions, is participating in the EU-funded APOLO project. APOLO (“Advanced POwer conversion technoLogies based on Onboard ammonia cracking through novel membrane reactors”) is dedicated to leveraging fuel cells and other power conversion technologies to decarbonize maritime transportation. Nuvera will provide... Read more →


EPA launches $3B Clean Ports Program

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launchED of the $3-billion Clean Ports Program to fund zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure. The Clean Ports Program is designed to help ports across the country transition to fully zero-emissions operations—serving as a catalyst for transformational change across the freight sector. To achieve this,... Read more →


Wärtsilä introduces Ammonia Fuel Supply System to ease shipping’s transition to ammonia fuel

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel. In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonized fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most... Read more →


The Republic of Congo has launched its first LNG carrier, with the intention of becoming a key player in global gas exports. With its first LNG delivery, the Republic of the Congo takes a historic step in the development of its burgeoning hydrocarbons sector. The tanker was launched in the... Read more →


WinGD and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding complete initial design of ammonia fuel supply system

Swiss marine power company WinGD and Japanese shipbuilder and technology developer Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. have completed the initial design of an ammonia fuel supply system (AFSS) for vessels powered by WinGD’s X‑DF‑A ammonia-fueled engines. (Earlier post.) The AFSS design is the first result of a wide-ranging partnership announced last... Read more →


DOE awarding $15.5M to marine energy projects

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced two innovative marine energy projects will receive a combined $6 million to develop a tidal energy research, development, and demonstration pilot site in the United States. In addition, a community-led river current energy research and development project was selected to receive $9.5 million. Tides... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15 million for 12 projects across 11 states to advance next-generation, high-energy storage solutions to help accelerate the electrification of the aviation, railroad, and maritime transportation sectors. Funded through the Pioneering Railroad, Oceanic and Plane ELectrification with 1K energy storage systems (PROPEL-1K) program... Read more →


Developer of maritime battery systems EST-Floattech has received an investment of €4 million from Energy Transition Fund Rotterdam and existing shareholders Rotterdam Port Fund, PDENH, Ponooc, and Yard Energy. EST-Floattech develops and produces lithium-ion battery systems for electric and hybrid propulsion of inland vessels, ferries, yachts, and more. Energy Transition... Read more →


Deltamarin and BAR Technologies introduced a new co-developed wind-optimized hull design. The partnership highlights Deltamarin and BAR Technologies’ ongoing dedication to decarbonization and forward-thinking innovation. The Aframax/LRII design, named Aquilo, represents a significant leap in overall performance by integrating state-of-the-art hull design with WindWings technology. Recognizing uncovered potential in both... Read more →


Honda Marine, a division of Honda Power Sports & Products and marketer of a complete range of four-stroke marine outboard motors from 2.3 to 350 horsepower, outlined how the company is advancing its mission to expand mobility on the water—capitalizing on the technology of Honda worldwide. A team of Honda... Read more →


Yamaha Motor unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered outboard for recreational boats along with a prototype fuel system integrated into a vessel that the company plans to further refine for testing later this year. (Earlier post.) The effort is part of Yamaha’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by deploying multiple technology... Read more →


BAR Technologies (BAR), a simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy, has entered into a partnership agreement with Nervion Naval Offshore (Nervion), a pioneer in floating offshore wind platforms, to manage and oversee the production of BAR Technologies’ WindWings wing sails (earlier post) in Europe. WindWings combines wind propulsion with route optimization. This... Read more →


The French shipowner, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SAS (LDA) and the Finnish mechanical sail company, Norsepower Oy Ltd, announced that the Norsepower Rotor Sail technology will be installed on the new low-emission RoRo fleet to be chartered to Airbus. The Norsepower Rotor Sail is a modernized version of the old Flettner... Read more →


Oldendorff and Norsepower announced an agreement to use Norsepower Rotor Sails to reduce CO2 emissions on a modern bulk carrier. The vessel Dietrich Oldendorff (IMO 9860350) is to be outfitted with three 24m x 4m Norsepower Rotor Sails by mid-2024. It is contracted to be employed on a North Pacific... Read more →


Ocean Network Express (ONE) has been awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) for an ammonia dual-fueled vessel. Along with the investment in 12 methanol dual-fueled vessels, this marks another milestone for ONE on its journey towards net-zero by 2050. The newly AiP-awarded 3,500 TEU vessel was jointly developed by ONE, Nihon... Read more →


Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines (Anglo Belgian Corporation) announced their partnership for hybrid marine engines. Both companies signed the order for four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine that can run on (bio)diesel, HVO and methanol. These engines will ensure propulsion of the newest Jan De... Read more →


UK awards £33M to 33 projects for green technologies for ports and ships

The UK is awarding £33 million to 33 projects across all 12 regions of the UK to develop green technologies for ports and ships. The funding comes from the fourth round of the government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC4), which focuses on developing a range of clean maritime technologies including... Read more →