With the keel laying, construction has begun at Next Generation Shipyards in the Netherlands of Neo Orbis, a 20m fuel-cell hybrid port vessel using sodium borohydride as a solid-state hydrogen storage medium. The pilot project is being executed in collaboration with H2Ships, Port of Amsterdam, TU Delft Fuel (the inventor... Read more →


MAHLE Powertrain is leading a project to develop sustainable propulsion solutions to retrofit to high-performance marine vessels where battery and other electrified technologies may not prove practical. The collaboration with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the University of Nottingham and Clean Air Power will initially target search and rescue... Read more →


The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the bp-operated Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has started its journey towards the project site off the coasts of Mauritania and Senegal in West Africa. GTA—a bp-Kosmos partnership—is an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) project based on... Read more →


Chartwell Marine has won a £320k Innovate UK Smart Grant. The grant will enable Chartwell and consortium partners—Boat Electric & Electronics and Engineered Marine Systems—to develop and test the feasibility of a market-first methanol-fuelled vessel design, with applications in the offshore wind, commercial workboat and leisure sectors. Methanol fuel presents... Read more →


Advent Technologies and Alfa Laval partner in marine methanol-powered fuel cell development project

Advent Technologies Holdings will collaborate with Alfa Laval, a global provider of heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products, on a project to explore applications of Advent’s methanol-powered high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells in the marine industry. Funded by the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP),... Read more →


Leclanché SA has been selected as the battery technology provider for two hybrid vessels being built for Stena Line and Brittany Ferries. Each battery system has a capacity of 11.3 MWh, and, the RoPax (Roll on/roll off passenger) ferries will be the world’s largest hybrid vessels—surpassing Leclanché’s prior record-breaking marine... Read more →


Associated British Ports (ABP) is the first UK port operator to trial a hydrogen-fueled tractor in its container terminal at the Port of Immingham. This joint pilot project received funding from ORE Catapult through Innovate UK’s Hydrogen Innovation Initiative (HII), following funding of initial feasibility from the Department for Transport’s... Read more →


In 2021, Moscow announced that it was planning to bring back river public transport after an absence of 16 years. (Earlier post.) Two electric river vessels—Sinichka and Filka—are currently being tested in Moscow; the vessels have already passed about 7 thousand kilometers along the Moscow River. Since September, the electric... Read more →


The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its hybrid propulsion system for four new heavy lift vessels being built at the Wuhu Shipyard in China. The vessels have been contracted by SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, a German heavy lift and project cargo specialist and part of the Harren Group, in cooperation... Read more →


Hyundai Heavy Industries successfully verified the performance of a recently developed 1.5MW-class LNG/hydrogen engine, which can selectively use diesel and a mixture of LNG and hydrogen to reduce emissions. Hyundai Heavy says the engine is a first step toward hydrogen-fueled engines. In performance tests, the engine met IMO Tier 3... Read more →


The Nikkei reports that in 2024, Japan will begin to extract rare earth materials for electric vehicles and hybrids from sea bottom mud in an area off Minami-Torishima Island, a coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean about 1,900 kilometers southeast of Tokyo. The government’s aim is to reduce the country’s... Read more →


Ørsted’s Board of Directors has taken final investment decision (FID) on the 50,000 tonnes/year FlagshipONE e-methanol project. (Earlier post.) FlagshipONE will be Ørsted’s first commercial-scale Power-to-X facility and is an important step towards Ørsted’s ambition of taking a leading position in renewable hydrogen and green fuels. Reinforcing the commitment to... Read more →


Norway-based TECO 2030 has completed production of its first fuel cell stack developed and purposely designed for heavy-duty and marine applications. The occasion was celebrated in Vancouver, Canada, where AVL—TECO’s partner—has its global center of excellence for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks. TECO 2030’s fuel cell stack contains... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions has won a fourth order to supply engines to Chinese shipbuilder, COSCO Heavy Industries, in Qidong for the construction of a second F-Class installation vessel used for the installation of offshore wind turbines and foundations. The previous three orders were for engines for two X-class and another... Read more →


Australia-based Provaris Energy has received class approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of Provaris’ 26,000 m3 H2Neo compressed hydrogen carrier, the first of its kind to receive this level of approval. This milestone approval follows the completion of extensive Front End Engineering Design (FEED) work... Read more →


Amogy and Ballard to integrate maritime fuel cell engines in zero-emission ammonia-to-power platform

Amogy Inc., a developer of emission-free, energy-dense ammonia power solutions (earlier post), will purchase fuel cell engines from Ballard Power Systems for ammonia-to-power maritime applications. Ballard’s FCwave engine is a scalable fuel cell system certified for operation in marine environments. (Earlier post.) Amogy’s proprietary ammonia-to-power platform relies on unique ammonia... Read more →


The Danish fuel cell manufacturer Blue World Technologies is developing a methanol fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit (APU) to replace conventional diesel generators for power supply on board ships. Blue World Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT PEM) fuel cells and will start series... Read more →


The Department of the Interior announced results from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) wind energy auction for five leases offshore California. (Earlier post.) The lease sale represents the third major offshore wind lease sale this year and the first ever for the Pacific region. The sale drew competitive... Read more →


The technology group Wärtsilä has entered into a joint development agreement with Hycamite TCD Technologies, a privately-owned Finnish company specializing in the development of technology for the thermo-catalytic decomposition (TCD) of methane to produce clean hydrogen and solid carbon. The two companies will work together to enable cost-effective production of... Read more →


Green NortH2 Energy receives €2.3M in R&D funding from Business Finland for the development of green hydrogen and ammonia production

Business Finland has awarded €2.3 million in R&D funding to Elomatic Oy’s project development company Green NortH2 Energy. With the loan, the Finland-based company is developing a green hydrogen and ammonia production concept. Green NortH2 Energy intends to set up the first green ammonia production plant in Naantali. Green NortH2... Read more →


ABB has secured its first order from COSCO Shipping, China’s largest shipping company, for in-line permanent magnet shaft generator systems. Compared with traditional diesel generator sets (single unit), the permanent magnet shaft generator system will yield fuel savings of up to 17%. Permanent magnet shaft generators are small, light, and... Read more →


In Japan, JERA concluded memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) related to cooperation in transporting fuel ammonia for the Hekinan Thermal Power Plant, expected to begin commercial operation in the late 2020s. JERA is a 50-50 joint venture between TEPCO Fuel... Read more →


UTM Offshore signs FEED agreement for Nigeria’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility

UTM Offshore signed an agreement for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for Nigeria’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility with engineering firms KBR, JGC Corporation and Technip Energies. The FLNG facility will have a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) nameplate production capacity of 1.2 million metric ton per annum and... Read more →


Maersk and Carbon Sink partner to accelerate green methanol production; Maersk’s 8th green methanol deal

As part of the strategy to decarbonize its customers’ supply chains, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) has entered a green methanol partnership with US-based project developer Carbon Sink LLC. This is Maersk’s 8th such agreement in the efforts to accelerate global production of green methanol. The parties have signed a... Read more →


bp has successfully loaded the first LNG cargo from Mozambique’s offshore Coral Sul FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) facility, the country’s first LNG project and first floating LNG facility deployed in the ultra-deep waters of the African continent. FLNG vessels are floating LNG production, storage and offloading units. The Coral... Read more →


Global engineering group Cavotec recently launched its ultra-fast Megawatt Charging System (MCS). Providing up to 3MW of power from a single connector, the MCS is a turnkey DC charging solution with grid-to-inlet functionality that supports the decarbonization of industrial vehicles and ships. The MCS consists of: a high-power electronic module,... Read more →


TECO 2030 and its partners will receive €5 million in funding from HORIZON EUROPE for the the hydrogen-powered tanker concept, HyEkoTank. The consortium expects to finalize the grant agreement process by the end of this year, and plans project startup by 1 February 2023. In addition to TECO 2030, Shell... Read more →


DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, and GoodShipping are further expanding their long-standing partnership. With the latest purchase of approximately 60 million liters (approximately 16 million gallons US) of Sustainable Marine Fuel, DHL will reduce a total of 180,000 tonnes of tank-to-wake... Read more →


In mid-October, TMC the metals company Inc. (earlier post) successfully collected an initial batch of seafloor polymetallic nodules, and transported them up a 4km riser system to the surface, in what represents the first integrated system test conducted in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean since the 1970s.... Read more →


The Port of Long Beach received a $30.1-million grant from the US Department of Transportation to deploy the nation’s largest fleet of manually operated, zero-emissions cargo handling equipment at a single marine terminal. The project will bring approximately 60 electric, human-operated yard tractors to Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT). Aerial... Read more →


New research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, finds that the discharge water from ships’ exhaust gas treatment systems—i.e., scrubbers—is responsible for up to 9% of certain emissions of carcinogenic and environmentally harmful substances in the Baltic Sea—considerably more than was previously known. Furthermore, the number of ships equipped with... Read more →


European Parliament adopts position on renewable fuels for shipping

Last week, the European Parliament adopted its position on draft EU rules on the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels in maritime transport. Parliament wants the maritime sector to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by 2% as of 2025, 20% as of 2035 and 80% as of 2050... Read more →


Hyundai’s shipbuilding division (HHI-SBD) has ordered 6 × MAN B&W G95ME-C10.5-LGIM dual-fuel main engines in connection with the construction of 6 × 17,000 teu container vessels for A.P. Moller – Maersk, the Danish integrated logistics company. Hyundai’s engine machinery division (HHI-EMD) will build the engines in Korea, which will be... Read more →


Hillcrest Energy Technologies, a developer of power conversion technologies and control system solutions for next-generation electrical systems, and Hercules Electric Mobility, a company bringing electric propulsion systems to market for recreational boating and marine applications, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the terms of the MOU, the companies... Read more →


HyAxiom, Shell and partners to equip LNG carrier with SOFC APUs

HyAxiom Inc., a developer fuel cell systems, Shell, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), DNV and Doosan Fuel Cell Co. are collaborating to power a deep-sea liquefied natural gas carrier with a HyAxiom-developed solid oxide fuel cell to test the technology’s ability to cut carbon emissions from maritime transport, a... Read more →


Building on a successful collaboration, Volvo Penta and CMB.TECH are expanding their collaboration to accelerate the development of dual-fuel hydrogen-powered solutions for both on land and at sea applications. The strengthened collaboration will include joint projects ranging from pilots to small-scale industrialization. CMB.TECH owns, operates, and designs large marine and... Read more →


Leading tanker shipping company Stena Bulk is launching a two-year, three-phase project aimed at demonstrating shipboard carbon capture, together with the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD) and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Project REMARCCABLE (Realizing Maritime Carbon Capture to demonstrate the Ability to Lower Emissions) will see... Read more →


Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell engines for on- and off-road mobility and other applications, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Italy-based system integrator H2Boat, which is developing a zero-emission energy solution for marine applications. As part of the project, Nuvera will supply an... Read more →


Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) announced Port Freeport as the new major Gulf Coast hub for its future vehicle logistics port operations, in collaboration with Port Freeport and developer PRP and KDC. With a 20-year lease agreement, Volkswagen Group of America aims to improve vehicle logistics efficiency further and... Read more →


A.P. Moller - Maersk orders 6 additional methanol-capable large container vessels

A.P. Moller - Maersk has ordered a further six large ocean-going vessels that can sail on green methanol. The six vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and have a nominal capacity of approx. 17,000 containers (Twenty Foot Equivalent - TEU). They will replace existing capacity in the... Read more →


Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC) has delivered the wind-assisted Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) New Aden to China Merchant Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES). The vessel has an overall length of about 333 meters, a moulded width of 60 meters and a moulded depth of 30 meters. The designed draft... Read more →


Ammonia power company Amogy launches operations in Norway

Amogy Inc., a developer of energy-dense ammonia power solutions, opened its Norway operations with the hiring of Christian W. Berg, Managing Director, Amogy Norway. Berg joins Amogy Norway from his most recent position as Director of Business Development for Yara Clean Ammonia, a decarbonization-focused subsidiary of leading global ammonia producer,... Read more →


Höegh Autoliners has joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC) to send a strong market demand signal for the emerging technologies essential for a net-zero transition. Höegh Autoliners has committed to running at least 5% of its deep-sea operations on either green ammonia or green methanol by 2030. Led by the... Read more →


MAN Energy Solutions, ABB to cooperate on dual-fuel electric propulsion concept for next-generation FSRUs and LNG carriers

MAN Energy Solutions and ABB have signed a Decarbonization Cooperation agreement regarding the development of a next-generation, Dual-Fuel, Electric+ (DFE+) propulsion concept for LNG carriers. The DFE+ concept features the just-launched MAN 49/60DF engine and ABB’s Dynamic AC (DAC) technology and aims to deliver the operational flexibility shipowners need to... Read more →


The US Maritime Administration (MARAD)—the US Department of Transportation agency responsible for the US waterborne transportation system—launched a 16-month study exploring low-carbon options for shipping on the Great Lakes. The study group, led by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in partnership with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)... Read more →


TECO 2030 has launched a new product concept for its containerized fuel cells, the TECO 2030 Power Barge. The solution comprises TECO 2030 fuel cell modules, batteries, power electronics, safety- and automation systems, hydrogen storage, and a refueling solution. The concept forms a scalable multimegawatt solution for electricity production for... Read more →


Volvo Trucks North America customer 4 Gen Logistics, a fourth generation, family-owned drayage company, has ordered 41 Volvo VNR Electric trucks to haul freight between the Port of Long Beach and Southern California’s Inland Empire—a national logistics and warehousing hub. The enhanced, next generation Volvo VNR Electric model, which began... Read more →


Electrify America plans to install 30 electric fleet-dedicated chargers paired with battery energy storage systems (BESS) at the Port of Long Beach, California, as part of Electrify America’s $25-million “Green City” investment in the region at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Teaming with trucking company 4 Gen... Read more →


Corvus Energy leads project to optimize combined use of hydrogen fuel cells and batteries in vessel propulsion

Corvus Energy, a leading provider of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry, will lead an IPN (Innovasjonsprosjekt i næringslivet, Innovation Project for the Industrial Sector) project—a program funded by the Research Council of Norway to promote innovation in the industry. Corvus Energy joins forces with research institute NORCE and other... Read more →


Chevron New Energies, Crowley invest in marine hydrogen tech company Zero Emission Industries

Zero Emission Industries (ZEI), a hydrogen technology company for maritime, announced the first close of its Series A funding round. The round is led by Chevron New Energies with additional investment from US-based shipping and logistics company Crowley. The new funds are expected to enable ZEI to roll out its... Read more →