World’s largest plug-in hybrid ship hits water with equivalent of 50 Tesla battery packs

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship has hit the water for the first time with a massive battery capacity equivalent to 50 Tesla battery packs.
We have already seen ships going all-electric, but they are mainly ferries operating over short distances.
The operators of the first all-electric ferry in Norway, the ‘Ampere’, reported some impressive statistics after operating the ship for over two years. They claim that the all-electric ferry cuts emissions by 95% and costs by 80%.
Many more ferries have gone electric and more are being ordered.
For longer routes and bigger ships, we are starting to see the adoption of plug-in hybrid powertrains much like plug-in hybrid cars.
We reported on a mega yacht going electric with a plug-in hybrid powertrain just earlier this week.
Now we are seeing a much bigger ship getting a similar, although supersized, plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Color Line, a cruise-ferry line operator in Norway, took delivery today of what they believe is “the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ship”, the M/S Color Hybrid:
“Color Hybrid employs new solutions to reduce noise and emissions. The ship is a plug-in hybrid, and its five-megawatt hour batteries are charged via a power cable with environmentally friendly power from shore power plants on the quay in Sandefjord. The ship will sail in and out of the Sandefjord fjord virtually silently and without emissions of harmful environmental gases, or nitrogen and sulfur compounds to the air in the area.”
The Tesla Model S is equipped with a 100 kWh battery pack, which means that a 5 MWh battery pack is the equivalent of 50 Tesla Model S vehicles.
Along with the battery pack, which alone weighs 65 tons,  the ship has “a large heating reservoir of 5 megawatt-hour capacity that utilizes waste heat from both the engine cooling water cycle and exhaust gases for heating purposes onboard.”
It’s installed in a 160 meter-long ship with a capacity of 2,000 passengers and around 500 cars. It will provide “significantly increased capacity on the route between Norway and Sweden.”
Color Hybrid is part of Norway’s effort to reduce emissions in all of its sectors.
The country is already leading in electric car adoption, but it is also making great progress in the deployment of electric powertrains in maritime transport, like this new massive plug-in hybrid ship, and even in electric air transport.

MAN wins Seaspan ferry propulsion system order

Artist's impression of ferry
The two 149 m LNG battery hybrid RO/RO ferries recently ordered by Canada’s Seaspan Ferries (see earlier story) may look a lot like the pair delivered to the operator last year, but they are being built by a different shipbuilder and will have a different propulsion system supplier.
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem B.V. is to build the vessels at its Mangalia, Romania, yard and has placed an order with MAN covering the provision of MAN 35/44DF dual-fuel engines, fuel gas-supply systems and the main electric systems, including batteries.
MAN says that, though Seaspan had initially been minded to build repeats of the two previous ferries, a live performance of its MAN 35/44DF engine demonstrated that a fully-integrated MAN solution could better fulfill the owner’s requirements.
MAN Energy Solutions will provide the solutions in association with Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), in which it has a 40% stake. AKA specializes in power supply, energy management and drive systems for marine and industrial applications.
Similarly, MAN Energy Solutions’ fuel-gas specialist, MAN Cryo, will provide the new ferries’ fuel gas-supply system.
“We are very pleased to have won this order, and that our case was compelling enough for the customer to change an existing technical specification to our favor,” said Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions. “It really showcases our strategic direction of developing sustainable technologies and solutions, and how we have expanded our business in recent years. This is a move that is now paying off as evidenced by the key roles that AKA and MAN Cryo play in this significant order.”
Jason Aspin, CEO of Aspin Kemp & Associates, added: “This order represents a strategic milestone for AKA due to many factors. First off, it showcases the successful MAN and AKA partnership, offering highly innovative, full turn-key systems to operators. Secondly, it is a great opportunity for AKA’s technologies to be deployed in our backyard in Canada with a leading and forward-thinking owner like Seaspan. And lastly, with a technology where AKA has been a first mover in several initiatives for over a decade, this demonstrates that the marine industry is opening to the value that hybrid systems provide in meeting their environmental reduction targets while at the same time reducing their operating costs. We are very excited to see this project kick into full gear and look forward to participating in a successful outcome for all stakeholders!”.
MAN Energy Solutions’ scope of supply for each shipset comprises:
  • 2 × MAN 9L35/44DF Diesel/Gas-electric propulsion system
  • 1 × MAN Cryo Fuel Gas Supply System including a 209 cu.m tank
  • 1 × AKA main electrical system
  • 1 × AKA 2-MWh energy storage systems
  • 1 × AKA low voltage distribution system .
The MAN hybrid-system solution in combination with a fully integrated MAN Cryo FGSS that is exactly adjusted to the engines gas-flow requirements, offers reliable operation in gas mode – especially in view of the ferry segment’s typical frequent and high load-fluctuations – and even with low methane numbers. For Seaspan, it was essential to avoid any diesel operation due to environmental and ecological reasons.
High system efficiency and the lowest emissions will also be achieved by having just one of two DF engines online at a time and at high load. Being able to operate with a one-engine-online concept means significant savings in fuel costs, running hours and therefore spare parts/maintenance costs.
The propulsion and battery hybrid system, integrated by AKA, provides sufficient propuslion power in all operational modes to serve Seaspan’s requirements to maintain its routes on time, fuel-efficiently, and with a minimal carbon footprint.
Additional AKA hybrid features for this project include peak shaving under rough conditions and maneuvering, enhanced dynamic support during ship acceleration, and zero-emissions operation at the terminal.
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The real reason for Samsung’s hybrid interest

South Korea’s biggest industrial group is leveraging its shipbuilding business to introduce batteries to the marine market. The move could mark a decisive moment in the uptake of hybrid propulsion in the deepsea merchant fleet.
When Wärtsilä announced it would work with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to develop hybrid propulsion for tankers and gas carriers, there was no mention of the Korean company’s substantial battery business. But that is a key driver behind the partnership. Samsung SDI, a sister company to and stakeholder in SHI, is exploring new markets for large-scale batteries and energy storage as it sees demand growth slowing for smaller batteries.
The shipbuilder is involved with some of the very first deepsea-going ships with batteries. Two shuttle tankers for Teekay Offshore will have batteries alongside engines that can burn LNG as well as the volatile organic compounds emitted from the vessels’ cargo. Those propulsion and power arrangements, designed and supplied by Wärtsilä, convinced Samsung that the tanker and gas carrier market can benefit from batteries.
The relationship with Wärtsilä works both ways. The Finnish company gains a closer relationship with a key customer for ship propulsion. Samsung gets something arguably even more valuable – the opportunity to test its batteries for marine use at Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Centre in Trieste. To date this is the only full-scale facility for trialling new hybrid propulsion arrangements. It will be a crucial advantage to Samsung as it explores properties and characteristics are needed from marine batteries.
There is an interesting market dynamic at play. So far batteries have been installed on relatively small, European-built ships (including passenger and offshore vessels). They have also been from predominantly European battery suppliers. As batteries are installed on the bigger, deepsea ships built at Asian yards, is there room for Asian battery makers to claim that business? Samsung clearly believes so. The close ties between SHI and Samsung SDI will be instrumental in that objective.
There is little doubt that hybridisation will eventually play a role on bigger ships as they seek to cut fuel bills and slash emissions in line with IMO targets. Most ship projects today involve discussions about alternative propulsion options including LNG and batteries. But few owners have taken concrete steps in the tanker, gas carrier or other deep sea segments. Now a canny move to boost battery sales, not a burning desire to cut emissions, could provide the kick-start the market needs.

RTA unveils hybrid abra at Dubai Boat Show

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled a new hybrid abra at this year’s ongoing Dubai International Boat Show.
Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashemi, Director of Marine Transport at the RTA said: “The event provides a platform for the RTA to exhibit its key marine transport projects highlighted by the new hybrid abra; which reflects the RTA’s vision of revamping marine transit services and meeting the needs of passengers. The RTA’s continued participation in this show is instrumental in keeping abreast of the latest industry trends in operating systems and the manufacturing of environment-friendly engines. The event also avails us the opportunity to acquaint with designers and manufacturers of boats, to review the best models that help us upgrade our marine services,” he added. The RTA has taken part in the Dubai Boat Show every year since 2008. This year’s event kicked off on Tuesday and wraps up on Saturday.

ForSea completes all-electric ferry conversions to reduce emissions

ForSea completes all-electric ferry conversions to reduce emissions: ForSea, formerly HH Ferries Group, has converted two of its ferries into all-electric vessels using technology from ABB. Tycho Brahe and Aurora, which had their diesel engines replaced with battery power to reduce their environmental impact,  are now the largest emission-free ferries in the world. They were officially inaugurated after guests boarded Tycho Brahe in Helsingborg, Sweden and Helsingør, Denmark earlier this November. “We are delighted that the entire system...

Massive Cargo Ships Are Going Autonomous. Here Are The Companies & Trends Driving The Global Maritime Industry Forward.

Established corporates and new startups are driving progress in autonomous shipping. The technology could improve safety, lower costs, and reduce energy consumption.

Construction has begun on the world’s first fully-autonomous cargo ship.
Last week, Norwegian shipbuilder Vard Holdings said it would produce the fully-autonomous and fully-electric container ship, the Yara Birkeland.
The ship will be built for Norwegian chemical company Yara, and will be designed as a zero-emissions vessel. It is expected to be completed in 2020

The recent news highlights how autonomous technology is quickly changing the massive shipping industry.
In this brief, we dive into current corporate- and startup-driven initiatives in the space, and autonomous shipping’s implications for the global trade supply chain.

Autonomous shipping initiatives make waves

While some major corporates are building out autonomous vessels, others, like startups, are building out autonomous and semi-autonomous systems to be installed on existing vessels.


Samsung & AWS: In early August, major shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (a subsidiary of Samsung) announced that it’s using Amazon’s AWS cloud services to build an autonomous shipping platform. The platform will enable the self-piloting of container ships.
Samsung says it is also leveraging AWS to incorporate machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, analytics, databases, and storage into its smart shipping platform. The technology will be used for initiatives like creating a virtual replica of a ship cockpit for land-based training and simulations.
Rolls Royce, Kongsberg, & Wilhelmsen: Rolls-Royce sold its autonomous marine division to Norwegian maritime equipment supplier Kongsberg for approximately $660M in June 2018. While Rolls-Royce Commerce Marine had been a powerhouse in developing autonomous marine technology, it remained an unprofitable division that the company sought to sell.
The acquisition is a welcome addition for Kongsberg, as it also seeks to become a leader in autonomous shipping. The company partnered with shipping supplier Wilhelmsen to start a new autonomous shipping venture dubbed Massterly in Spring 2018. Massterly will help to outfit technology on autonomous ships, like the Yara Birkeland, mentioned above.


ShoneSan Francisco-based startup Shone, which has raised $4M to date, seeks to retrofit existing ships with autonomous technologies to aid existing on-board crews. The company’s technology combines AI with data from multiple existing ship sensors to help detect and predict the movement of other vessels nearby 24/7.
The startup partnered with major shipping carrier CMA CGM in June 2018 to incorporate AI on their existing ships. Once installed, the technology will help with piloting assistance, and will include an anti-collision alert system.
Sea Machine RoboticsBoston-based startup Sea Machine Robotics, which has raised $1M in funding, is creating industrial-grade control systems for autonomous and remote vessel control that can be installed on existing boats and ships. Specifically, Sea Machine’s products leverage AI and lidar software to help ships perceive the environment around them.
The startup partnered with shipping carrier Maersk in April 2018 to test one of its products, the SM400, which is an autonomous control system designed for merchant and cruise ships. Maersk will install SM400’s situational awareness software on one of its container ships to improve safety and navigation.

How autonomous shipping will change the maritime industry

While fully operational autonomous ships won’t be available for some years, international regulation remains a hurdle for the space. International organizations have not done a good job keeping up with the impacts of autonomous technology.
However, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a branch of the UN, has decided to take a proactive step in addressing the issue. In May, the regulatory body announced a framework for scoping out future autonomous shipping regulations. As part of the framework, the IMO created a preliminary definition for what constitutes an autonomous ship, dubbed MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship), and describes differing levels of autonomy (i.e. if an on-board human crew leverages autonomous technology assistance; if a ship is controlled remotely from land; or if a ship is completely independent and autonomous).
Setting aside legal hurdles, however, autonomous shipping is poised to impact global trade in a number of other ways:
Operational safety: Between 75% and 96% of maritime-related accidents are caused by human error, according to a study by Allianz. Introducing fully-autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels may help reduce the number of shipping-related accidents, as employee fatigue and personal judgement failures are reduced. As 90% of global trade takes place by ocean, this could markedly improve safety across the global trade supply chain.
Reduction in crew costs: As on-board crews are reduced, shipping carriers will no longer need to pay their salaries, insurance, or on-board provisions. Crew-related expenses can account for up to 30% of a voyage’s total cost. This means unmanned or lightly-manned vessels could save money for shipping carriers, and ultimately for those shipping goods, in the long run.
Energy efficiency: The Yara Birkeland, mentioned above, is expected to be the first fully-electric, and zero-emission vessel. As shipping vessels account for 3% of global carbon-dioxide emissions, the adoption of zero-emission ships could notably reduce pollution around the world.
Data collection: The global trade supply chain is becoming increasingly connected, digital, and data-driven. Startups and corporates are digitizing the shipping process and seeking to optimize logistics. Autonomous ships will be well-equipped to further promote supply chain visibility by collecting voyage-related data through their autonomous systems. This data can be used by supply chain partners to communicate the status of certain shipments, or further optimize shipping routes based on factors like sea conditions.
Click here to learn more about the impacts of autonomous shipping.


Unmanned Surface Vessels and Hybrid Propulsion will be the topics of a new European commercial marine conference taking place at Seawork on Wednesday 4 July.

Estimated at USD 470 million, the Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) market is expected to reach around USD 1 billion by 2022 due to the ever-increasing need for maritime security, ocean mapping and data.
With Europe’s USV market set to grow at a higher rate than anywhere else globally, unmanned surface vessels are able to augment or even replace divers for salvage activities, port security, fish farms surveillance, bridge and dam monitoring and to aid research efforts.
The Seawork Commercial Marine Conference’s morning session will focus on USVs and will invite speakers from a range of industries, including Dr Katrina Kemp - Smart Ships & Automation Policy Officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, who will be discussing the government’s emerging vision for autonomous, smart shipping; Ifor Bielecki – Director of Sea-Kit, on the challenges of long range, long endurance USV operations; and Gordon Meadow – Associate Professor at Warsash School of Maritime and Science and Engineering, who will be discussing their collaborative research project with Rolls Royce developing the unmanned and partially autonomous operation of marine vessels.
Marine hybrid propulsion systems are yet another fast-emerging market, estimated to reach around USD 5,252 million by 2024. Already a preferred, clean propulsion system choice globally, hybrid technologies are increasingly being used in several vessel categories. With the ever-increasing need to reduce operating costs and minimise fuel consumption, together with growing environmental and legislative pressures to bring down emissions, more and more vessel operators are beginning to see the benefits of embracing hybrid propulsion.
The afternoon session of the Seawork Commercial Marine Conference will centre around the future of hybrid propulsion and will invite speakers including Anne Duncan – CEO at Ecospeed, who will discuss how hybrid and windfarm operations could offer a clean solution for the shipping industry; Tony Birr – Consultant at Goodchild Marine Services Limited, on new developments in hybrid pilot boats; Dr Christoph Ballin- Co-Founder and CEO of Torqeedo GmbH, who will discuss the marine sustainability revolution and how hybrid propulsion technologies could play a key part.
Both sessions will provide businesses across the commercial marine industry the opportunity to keep ahead of the curve with developments within this fast-paced sector.

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Wind, Solar Marine Power Project Approves Battery Supplier

Wind, Solar Marine Power Project Approves Battery Supplier
UltraBattery UB-50-12 Batteries. Image Credit: The Furukawa Battery Company
Eco Marine Power (EMP) today said it has formally certified The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. of Japan, as a supplier of batteries for use on ship and marine structures.
As previously discussed on Ship & Bunker, marine batteries form an integral part of a range of the Aquarius Marine hybrid wind and solar marine power solutions being developed by EMP.
"For many energy storage solutions for ships and marine applications the key is to keep things simple, safe and reliable. The battery technologies that we have certified from Furukawa Battery allow us to offer energy storage solutions that are easy to install, do not require complicated cooling or control systems and are cost effective," said Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power.
Our battery technologies have been proven to be very safe and reliable over many years
Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department, Furukawa Battery
The certification process covers a range of batteries technologies including the hybrid valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) UltraBattery, and included obtaining approval from ClassNK for each battery type, EMP explained.
EMP also assessed how Furukawa Battery recycles returned batteries as part of a sustainability review.
"Our battery technologies have been proven to be very safe and reliable over many years and we are excited that we can offer these globally in co-operation with Eco Marine Power," commented Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery.
Furukawa Battery will display its battery technologies for ships along with Eco Marine Power during Sea Japan in Tokyo, between April 11th – 13th 2018.