Renewable energy battery solutions ready for ships

Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that in co-operation with The Furukawa Battery Company of Japan, it is now able to offer a range of marine battery solutions for use on-board ships or for marine related applications such as offshore platforms & renewable energy projects. 
This range of high quality and long-life batteries from Furukawa Battery have also been accepted for use on classed vessels by ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) in addition to having been evaluated by EMP.
Three main battery types from Furukawa Battery will now be used by EMP as part of its Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar solution packages. Details of these battery technologies are as follows:
FC38-12: FC38-12 VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries are ideal for small marine solar power applications (i.e. up to around 5kWp) and can be supplied either as a battery pack set or as individual 12V units. A major advantage of the FC38-12 is that it’s relatively small size and light weight makes it ideal for installation into small (but ventilated) spaces on-board ships and other vessels.
FCP Series: Furukawa Cycle Power (FCP) series battery units are available in various configurations and are supplied complete with a modular design mounting rack for superior vibration resistance. The space saving design of the unit also reduces installation and maintenance time. FCP series batteries are ideally suited for renewable energy applications and their long life (approximately 15 years) and low maintenance requirements make them ideal for use on ships.
UB Series: The Ultra Battery (UB) series are the ideal solution for smart grid, wind power and solar power applications both on land and on ships. UB-50-12 batteries can be supplied as individual units or as a pack for use with an EMP marine solar power solution. Some key features of the UB Series are their long cycle life (approximately 4500 cycles for the UB-1000) and suppression of cathode sulfation. The UB series batteries are ideal for retrofit projects in addition to being suitable for new shipbuilding projects.
After exhibiting a range of battery technologies along with EMP at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam recently, Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, International Business Department at Furukawa Battery stated:
"There is now a range of batteries from Furukawa Battery that have received acceptance from ClassNK and these products are ideally suited for renewable energy applications on ships and for offshore platforms. We look forward to working with Eco Marine Power to promote our battery technologies and expand our market share for energy storage in the shipping and maritime sectors."
In addition to supplying batteries and marine solar power solutions, EMP is also able to provide a range of services including marine renewable energy audits, system design and consulting services.
For further details regarding the range of batteries available from The Furukawa Battery Company please see: EMP Energy Storage Solutions

About Furukawa Battery

The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of storage batteries and electrical machinery in Japan and internationally. Furukawa Battery products include batteries for use in cars, motorcycles, electric vehicles, trains, aircraft, telecommunications, ships, spacecraft and renewable energy applications.
Furukawa Battery was established in 1950 and it addition to its head office in Yokohoma the company has a number of manufacturing facilities located both in Japan and in S.E. Asia.
The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. has been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards.
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About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System and Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).
EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.
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Global marine hybrid propulsion systems market that is expected to reach USD 4,455.88 million by 2022

Global marine hybrid propulsion systems market that is expected to reach USD 4,455.88 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 8.02% from 2014 to 2022 according to new research report

Marine hybrid propulsion systems are particularly helpful to marine vessel operators who are challenged by fluctuating fuel prices and growing environmental restrictions. Fuel charges constitute a significant share of a vessel’s operating expenses. Efficient fuel technologies such as hybrid propulsion systems help reduce the operating expenses and increase profit margins.
The report points out that the low fuel consumption of hybrid marine propulsion systems as compared to conventional propulsion systems has increased the adoption of hybrid marine propulsion systems by shipping companies. Flexible power and design configuration requirements in offshore support vessels and anchor handling systems will also propel the global marine hybrid propulsion market.
However, the report states that the usage of clean fuel in conventional propulsion systems will significantly impact the adoption of hybrid propulsion systems. The global marine hybrid propulsion market has a huge opportunity to grow with the expansion of emission control areas which will augment the demand for marine hybrid propulsion systems. On the basis of configuration, the report segments the global marine hybrid propulsion market into parallel hybrid, diesel-electric, and serial hybrid.
Diesel-electric systems are extensively used and are expected to dominate the market during the forecast horizon. However, serial hybrid and parallel hybrid configurations are estimated to witness significant growth in the near future.
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Depending on the end use, the report categorizes the global marine hybrid propulsion market into ferries, defense vessels, tugboats and offshore support vessels, and others. Marine hybrid propulsion systems are majorly used by ferry operators in coastal areas and inland waterways, owing to stringent emission norms. Tugboats and offshore support vessels are increasingly adopting marine hybrid propulsion systems to improve fuel efficiency. Luxury yachts and small tourist boats are also emerging as major adopters of marine hybrid propulsion systems.
The report studies the marine hybrid propulsion market in four key regions: Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. Europe has evolved as a major market for marine hybrid propulsion systems in recent years. Some of the prominent players in the global marine hybrid propulsion market are General Electric, Siemens AG, Imtech Marine, Caterpillar Inc., and BAE Systems.
The global market for marine hybrid propulsion systems has been segmented as follows:
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Configuration Analysis
  • Diesel-electric
  • Parallel
  • Serial
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: End-use Analysis
  • Tugboats & OSVs
  • Ferries
  • Defense Vessels
  • Others
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Rest of North America
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • U.K.
  • Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • Singapore
Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South & Central America
  • Middle East
  • Africa

LaNaval launches CNG hybrid ferry

LaNaval launches CNG hybrid ferry
Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales del Norte – La Naval has launched the 135 m ferry Texelstroom for Netherlands operator Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO).
The 1,750 passenger, 350 vehicle vessel marks the Basque shipyard's ferry market debut —and it is entering the segment with a technically sophisticated ship featuring a hybrid propulsion system, with dual fuel (diesel/CNG) generating sets and a battery system, feeding the propulsion electric motors.
The double ended ferry will have two completely independent engine rooms, each of which can provide enough power to be able to continue the normal service of the ferry at least up until wind force Beaufort  9.
One engine room is to be fitted with two ABC diesel engines (2 x 2,000 kW), and the other with two ABC dual fuel engines (also 2 x 2.000 kW).
Two Rolls-Royce azimuth propellers will be installed at each end of the ship, to achieve a speed of 10 knots (economic) and 15 knots (maximum).
It is planned that the ferry will operate mainly on natural gas stored in two batteries of compressed natural gas (CNG) bottles installed on the top deck.
Electric batteries will also form an integral part of the advanced energy management system. In addition to this, with over 700 sq.m of solar panels, the ferry will have power available from the sun in the sunniest region of The Netherlands.
The vessel will is scheduled to be ready for sea trials at the end of this year  and final delivery in January 2016..

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2022

LONDONAug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This research study analyzes the market for marine hybrid propulsion systems in terms of revenue. The marine hybrid propulsion market has been segmented on the basis of configuration, end-users, and geography. For the purpose of this study, 2013 has been taken as the base year while all forecasts have been given for the 2014–2022 period. Market data for all the segments has been provided at the regional as well as country-specific levels for the 2013–2022 period. 

The regional segments have been further divided into sub-segments comprising seven unique countries that are major players in the global marine hybrid propulsion market. The report provides a comprehensive competitive landscape and features companies engaged in the marine hybrid propulsion business. The report also provides a detailed industry analysis of the marine hybrid propulsion market with the help of the Porter's Five Forces model. The Porter's Five Forces analysis aids in understanding the five major forces that affect the industry structure and profitability of the global marine hybrid propulsion market. The forces analyzed are the bargaining power of buyers, bargaining power of suppliers, threat from new entrants, threat from substitutes, and degree of competition in the market. 

The high-level analysis provides detailed insights into the business of marine hybrid propulsion globally. Major drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the marine hybrid propulsion market are analyzed in detail and illustrated in the report through graphs and tables. One of the most prominent drivers is the increasing investments by vessel operators in fuel-efficient and environment-friendly technologies. 

Vessel and towage operators in the marine industry are now investing in marine hybrid propulsion systems to optimize operational performance. Development in technology originating from the hybrid automotive industry has assisted technology developers in designing efficient and economical marine hybrid propulsion systems. Market attractiveness analysis was carried out for the marine hybrid propulsion industry on the basis of end-use. Market attractiveness was estimated on the basis of consumer preferences that directly impact the market. 

The marine hybrid propulsion market has been segmented into three broad categories on the basis of configuration as diesel-electric, parallel, and serial hybrid systems. The marine hybrid propulsion market was also analyzed on the basis of end-users as tugboats, ferries, high-speed PSVs, and others. The others segment primarily comprises naval vessels and autonomous underwater vehicles. The marine hybrid propulsion market was analyzed across six geographies: North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificSouth America & Central AmericaAfrica, and the Middle East.

Although hybrid propulsion systems are being widely adopted across the world, the major share of development is witnessed in Europealone. Regional data has been provided for each sub-segment of the marine hybrid propulsion market. Key market participants in the marine hybrid propulsion market include BAE Systems plc, Caterpillar Inc., Aspin Kemp & Associates, Imtech Marine, and General Electric. The report provides an overview of these companies, followed by their financial details, business strategies, and recent developments. 

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Configuration Analysis

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: End-use Analysis
Tugboats & OSVs
Defense Vessels
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Regional Analysis
North America
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
South & Central America
Middle East
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“Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2022”
The marine hybrid propulsion market has been segmented into three broad categories on the basis of configuration as diesel-electric, parallel, and serial hybrid systems.
The marine hybrid propulsion market was also analyzed on the basis of end-users as tugboats, ferries, high-speed PSVs, and others.
The others segment primarily comprises naval vessels and autonomous underwater vehicles.
The marine hybrid propulsion market was analyzed across six geographies: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America & Central America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Although hybrid propulsion systems are being widely adopted across the world, the major share of development is witnessed in Europe alone. Regional data has been provided for each sub-segment of the marine hybrid propulsion market.
Key market participants in the marine hybrid propulsion market include BAE Systems plc, Caterpillar Inc., Aspin Kemp & Associates, Imtech Marine, and General Electric. The report provides an overview of these companies, followed by their financial details, business strategies, and recent developments.
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Configuration Analysis
- Parallel
- Serial
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: End-use Analysis
- Tugboats & OSVs
- Ferries
- Defense Vessels
- Others
Key Topics Covered:
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Executive Summary
Chapter 3 Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Industry Analysis
Chapter 4 Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Configuration Analysis
Chapter 5 Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - End-use Analysis
Chapter 6 Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Regional Analysis
Chapter 7 Company Profiles
- Alewijnse Holding B.V
- Aspin Kemp & Associates
- BAE Systems plc
- Caterpillar Inc.
- General Electric
- Imtech Marine
- MAN Diesel & Turbo SE
- Rolls-Royce plc
- Siemens AG
- Torqeedo GmbH
- UQM Technologies, Inc
- Wartsila


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Global Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market to Reach US$4,455.88 Million by 2022

ALBANY, N.Y.--()--A market study recently published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) has determined the overall revenue of the global marine hybrid propulsion market in 2013 at US$2,240.00 million and has projected its rise at an 8.02% CAGR between 2014 and 2022 in order to attain an estimated revenue amounting to US$4,455.88 million by the end of the forecast period.
“Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2022”
The research report, titled“Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2022”, signifies that the increasing investment for research and development of marine hybrid propulsion systems by shipping companies is fueling the growth of the marine hybrid propulsion market to a significant extent.
According to the report, the diesel-electric system is the most common technology configuration utilized in the global marine hybrid propulsion market. This segment is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period.
Among end users, ferries dominate the global marine hybrid propulsion market in terms of installation. Owing to the substantial amount of investments from ferry operators, particularly in Europe, the global market is likely to grow extensively during the forecast period.
The market report also discusses the performance of the marine hybrid propulsion market on a regional level. At present, the marine hybrid propulsion market in Europe and North America are leading the global market for marine hybrid propulsion systems. Apart from this, the market in Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the most attractive regional market over the forecast period.
Siemens, UQM Technologies, General Electric, Schottel, Rolls-Royce, Imtech Marine, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, Alewijnse, Aspin Kemp & Associates, Torqeedo, and Steyr Motors are some of the major players in the global marine hybrid propulsion market profiled in this report.
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Hybrid Propulsion for New Fairplay Tugs

Fairplay XI (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

The Fairplay fleet in Rotterdam welcomes two new members: The hybrid tractor tugs Fairplay IX and Fairplay XI, each equipped with a SCHOTTEL hybrid propulsion system including two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers SRP 4000 with hybrid gearboxes, two electric motors and an integrated steering control system, specialized for hybrid propulsion.
Tugs are required to fulfill a variety of daily tasks, covering the full power spectrum, from stand by periods to towing operations. The installed hybrid propulsion concept enables the Fairplay tugs to operate with an optimal power output, SCHOTTEL said. At part load, the electric motors (600 kW each) suffice while the two MTU diesel engines (2,240 kW each) are employed for operation at full load. Here, the electric motor can be switched on to provide additional power. The 29 meter long tractor tugs have a bollard pull of 90 t and travel at a maximum speed of 13.5 knots.
The SCHOTTEL hybrid propulsion concept is suitable for Rudderpropellers with power input ratings of up to 4,200 kW. It offers a flexible combination of diesel engine and electric motor power due to the hybrid gearbox. The power output of the electric motor is variable according to the applied diesel engine performance and rotation speed. “That is why we are able to offer to our customers individual solutions for every vessel,” explained Eric Steffens, Mechanical Engineering and Design department at SCHOTTEL. “Additionally, we see a clear advantage in offering our customers a one-stop-shop for hybrid propulsion. The joint delivery of thruster, gearbox, electric motor and steering control system reduces the interfaces with other component suppliers significantly and thus equips the customer with one point of contact for the whole system.”
Hybrid drive systems reduce pollutant emissions and fuel consumption, since the electric motor diminishes the operating hours of the diesel. This increases the mean time between overhauls (MTBO) and reduces maintenance costs.
Another feature of the SCHOTTEL one-stop-shop hybrid propulsion solution is the included steering control which is optimized for the flexible operation with two different motor types and integrated in the vessel’s control panel from the outset.
“While we equipped quite a lot of tugs from the Fairplay fleet, these two are the first with our hybrid propulsion solution.” Steffens said. “We greatly enjoyed the cooperation with Astilleros Armon shipyard and Fairplay and are already looking forward to share future projects.”

Bill Calvert - Natural Gas Vehicle Pioneer Joins Blue Gas Marine Team

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Apex, NC -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/15/2015 -- Bill Calvert, Co-Founder of BAF Technologies, a subsidiary of Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ- WPRT) has joined Blue Gas Marine, Inc. (BGM) as an executive advisor, to assist the management team in accelerating the adoption of its Natural Gas Hybrid Fuel System technology, the first of its kind in the marine industry. Bill has spent more than 30 years in the compressed natural gas (CNG) industry.

Under Bill's leadership BAF grew into the leading provider of natural gas vehicle (NGV) systems in the United States, converting over 20,000 vehicles and achieving $42MIL in annual revenue*. Calvert will focus his efforts on leveraging his industry relationships and experience to establish BGM as an industry leader in marine alternative fuel systems.

Specifically Bill will be working directly with marine engine OEM's adopting BGM's fuel system technology to draw from the experiences of their automotive counterparts and provide access to his extensive network of natural gas companies and fuel suppliers to further expand BGM's rapidly growing fuel infrastructure network.

Having worked directly for decades with The US Department of Energy (DOE) as well as state and local governments and advocacy groups to provide funding for the development and adoption of cleaner fuel technologies, Bill is well positioned to assist BGM in the process of accessing loans and grants for on-the-water CNG fueling stations and its' onboard fueling technology.

"We are excited and privileged to have Bill join our team. His track record of essentially creating the NGV industry in the US speaks for itself. His depth of work and legacy will be invaluable to Blue Gas Marine. He will help us immediately connect with key decision makers to fuel the growth and adoption of our revolutionary technology." said Miguel Guerreiro, President & CEO Blue Gas Marine, Inc.

Bill Calvert, said, "This opportunity allows me to be part of an exciting company in natural gas powered transportation, which is obviously close to my heart, and extends the reach of natural gas as an alternative fuel, to an entirely new sector, which is the marine industry."

About Bill Calvert
Bill Calvert began his career in the Alternative Fuel Vehicle industry in 1982 as national sales manager for Advanced Fuel Systems. Since then he has been involved in many AFV programs, providing leadership and direction for manufacturers, utility companies, governments, private companies, organizations and industry leaders. In 1992, he co-founded Bachman NGV that, in 2003, became BAF Technologies. In 2009, BAF Technologies was acquired by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ- CLNE). In 2013, BAF Technologies was acquired by Westport Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ- WPRT) for $25MIL.

In 2012, Bill was the recipient of the esteemed NGV Lifetime Achievement Award from NGVAmerica, in recognition for his 30 years in the natural gas vehicles industry.

About Blue Gas Marine
Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is the leading green-energy corporation dedicated to make natural gas available for boats, as a clean and affordable fuel. The Company has developed a proprietary fuel system that allows existing marine engines to use natural gas as a hybrid or primary fuel. The system reduces fueling costs by 70% and reduces pollution by as much as 90%. Customers include: boat manufacturers, marinas, commercial fishermen, fleets, recreational users and government agencies. Blue Gas Marine, Inc. provides the only fueling option that delivers to customers a lower cost and lower risk solution when converting to a green alternative. Learn more by visiting or on

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Saft Wins First Contract with Imtech Marine to Power New Hybrid Ferry Owned by CMAL in Scotland

PARIS--()--Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has won a contract to supply state-of-the-art Li-ion battery systems to Imtech Marine, a leading maritime technology supplier. Two Saft Seanergy® systems will be at the heart of the diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and energy management system for ‘Hybrid III’, the Roll On Roll Off (RORO) passenger and vehicle ferry designed for use on Scotland’s short sea crossing routes around the Clyde and Hebrides.
The new vessel, currently under construction by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd for CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd), will be Scotland’s third hybrid ferry when it enters service in autumn 2016, carrying up to 150 passengers and 23 cars or two HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles). It is being funded by the Scottish Government to help meet the target set in its Climate Change Delivery Plan to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector by at least 20 percent by 2020. It will have a service speed of nine knots and because it uses both diesel and electric power, its fuel consumption will be significantly lower than a conventional ferry, leading to fuel and CO2 emissions that are at least one fifth lower than a conventional arrangement.
The project represents a significant development for Saft as it is the first contract with Imtech Marine, the experts in supplying hybrid propulsion systems for all types of vessels.
As a modular system, Seanergy® can be scaled to meet any requirements up to 750 V. The modules are based on Saft’s Li-ion Super Phosphate (SLFP) cell chemistry, which offers the advantage of improved high energy capability and optimized total cost of ownership when compared with standard Li-ion phosphate technologies. In January 2015, marine industry independent safety assessor Bureau Veritas delivered the highest quality assessment for the Seanergy modules, establishing that the design conforms to recognised industry quality and certification standards.
The two Seanergy® systems, which provide a total of 800 kWh of energy storage, can power the vessel in battery mode only and in hybrid mode in combination with a diesel generator. The batteries will be charged overnight from shore supply while the ferry is in port. When at sea, Imtech’s energy management system will balance the energy delivered by the diesel genset and battery systems to make propulsion as efficient and clean as possible, enabling the genset to run at peak efficiency.
“Interest in hybrid propulsion is growing fast in the maritime sector as ship owners and operators come under pressure to meet more stringent energy efficiency targets. This contract for a very high profile ferry service in Scotland is further confirmation that Saft’s Li-ion technology offers a reliable, high performance and fully commercialized solution for hybrid propulsion on even the largest sea-going vessels.” said Jayesh Vir, Saft’s Key Account Manager for the Marine Segment.
About Saft
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defence batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication network markets. More than 4,000 employees in 18 countries, 14 manufacturing sites and an extensive sales network all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for the future.
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About CMAL
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited owns the ferries, ports and harbours and infrastructure necessary for vital ferry services serving the West coast of Scotland and the Clyde Estuary. Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited is wholly owned by the Scottish Government with Scottish Ministers the sole shareholders. The Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited Board have an executive management team and supporting staff at headquarters in Port Glasgow. Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited aims to provide efficient, cost-effective and safe ferries, harbours and port infrastructure for operators, communities and users in and around Scotland.
About Ferguson Marine
With over 110 years of history, Ferguson Marine is renowned worldwide for delivering engineering services across a range of industry sectors. Whilst best known for our ship building capability, the company has delivered tailored solutions to support applications in materials handling, fluids distribution, system hydraulics, power distribution and management, and civil engineering.

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Hybrid vessels will soon be on the market

(Nanowerk News) ABB is convinced that vessels fitted with hybrid main propulsion machinery are the future, and the company expects to sign its first contract in the course of the year."Hybrid propulsion systems significantly reduce both fuel consumption and emissions,” says Børre Gundersen, R&D manager for ABB’s marine activities in Norway.The company is currently testing the technology in a hypermodern hybrid laboratory in collaboration with NTNU and the SINTEF-institute MARINTEK.hybrid vessel

Hybrid engines will soon be a common technology in anchor vessels like this, according to scientists.Saving 15 percent of the energy“The aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate solutions for improved, more energy-efficient propulsion systems for marine use. What we have found so far is that a direct-current power system that incorporates an energy store (i.e. battery) would result in 10 – 15 per cent lower fuel consumption and emissions than a traditional alternating current system.This is because the energy store optimises operation of the internal combustion engine, which in turn means reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and particles, and not least, improved power system reliability,” says MARINTEK research manager Anders Valland. The research team envisages that hybrid motors would be particularly effective in offshore operations, in which vessels perform many different tasks under a wide range of weather conditions. Better and cheaper batteries“The battery can absorb peak loads, while the internal combustion engine can continue to operate at its optimal level. This will also mean that in the future, future ships will not need such large engines as they do today, but rather smaller engines with batteries as backup and for security,” says Valland. ABB believes that there could be a large market for electric vessels and el-hybrid vessels in the near future. One of the reasons for this belief is that experts expect to see battery capacity doubling by 2020, without a corresponding rise in cost. Moreover, they offer significant environmental benefits.“The hybridisation of 230 OSV/AHTS (Offshore Supply Vessel/Anchor Handling Tug Supply) on the Norwegian shelf could reduce CO2 emissions by 400 000 tonnes, equivalent to 163 average Norwegian cars,” says Sindre Sæter, who leads ABB’s marine activities in Norway.“The authorities need to think in new ways”The experts believe that in order to realise these benefits it will be necessary to establish alliances with industry and the research sector, but just as important, with the authorities.“The frame conditions will have to be adapted to meet the need for technology development. At present, it is extremely difficult to get revolutionary new technology in place within the current tendering framework, which is most suitable for traditional thinking in ship transport,” says Valland.

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Is Cold Ironing Redundant Now?

Shore power at the Port of Los Angeles
By Wendy Laursen 2015-05-23 19:19:46
An article in The Post and Courier last week quotes a U.S. port official from Charleston saying that the installation of shore power (cold ironing or alternative maritime power (AMP)) has been rendered a last-generation solution at most major ports. 
State Ports Authority Chief Executive Jim Newsome said ultra-low sulfur fuel and scrubbers have made the air quality improvements touted by shore power obsolete. Newsome has estimated it would cost about $20 million to build shore power into a new cruise terminal planned at the port.
The comments have drawn opposition from a local environmental group whose spokesperson said that both scrubbers and shore power would be the best solution for visiting cruise ships.
Carnival Cruise Lines plans to install scrubbers on the Fantasy, reports The Post and Courier. The cruise ship is home-ported at Charleston, and Ecstasy, which will replace the Fantasy in February, already has scrubbers. Neither ship is equipped for shore power.
A Well-Established Solution
Shore power has been taken up by other North American ports including Seattle, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Halifax. Princess Cruises’ shore power program made history when it first began operations in the Alaska capital Juneau in the summer of 2001, and the Port of Seattle was the first in North America to provide infrastructure for two ships to simultaneously utilize shore power.
In addition to recent shore power installations in the Port of San Francisco, the Port of Halifax just commissioned its new shore power equipment last month.  
Seattle: Nothing Compares
“Nothing compares to the benefits of zero emissions by connecting the vessel to shore power and shutting down the vessel’s engines while the ship is at the dock,” says Peter McGraw, spokesman for the Port of Seattle. “We in the Pacific Northwest do have cheaper electricity due to our hydro-electric power generated by dams throughout our state, which may produce a different cost than other parts of the country.”    
Exhaust stack scrubbers have become the current industry wide focus for all cruise brands in efforts to reduce emissions when the vessel engines are running, but investment in shore power systems at ports continues in the U.S., Canada and around the world, he says.
“Most recently we had a visit from the cruise representatives at the new Kai Tak terminal in Hong Kong. He was here to see our shore power operations and meet with local experts on the technology,” says McGraw. Kai Tak Hong Kong terminal is considering investment in shore power connections at their new cruise facility. 
“So all being said shore power does not appear to be dying-out,” says McGraw. “The newest systems are much more advanced than last generation equipment. I’m pleased we have two of our three cruise ship berths in Seattle equipped to serve ships capable of connecting. You just can’t get any better than the zero emissions that come with them.”
Los Angeles: Low Sulfur Fuel still contributes to Emissions
The Port of Los Angeles was the first port in the world to use shore power technology for in-service container ships. Chris Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles, said: “Air quality conditions in Southern California are unique and among the worst in the entire country. Southern California is in “non attainment” for particulate matter 2.5 and “extreme non attainment” for ozone. For this reason, continued reduction in emissions of particulate matter and ozone precursors (NOx, SOx, VOCs) is helpful and necessary.” 
In Southern California, overall emissions, as well as potential health risk, are significantly reduced when using electricity to power ships at berth rather than having the ships run on low sulfur fuel, says Cannon. “Even with low sulfur fuel, ships remain one of the largest sources of pollution in our area, and low sulfur fuel for ships still contains 1,000 ppm sulfur, compared to an average 30 ppm sulfur required for automobile fuel.”
Cannon says the port supports the efforts of the California Air Resource Board to reduce at-berth emissions by setting a regulation that requires a phased shore power program for container ships that started on January 1, 2014.  
Cannon concedes though that the best way to reduce emissions can vary from one port to another.  “While we have funded demonstrations of scrubber technology, we have not yet seen widespread use of this technology in our region. Nevertheless, we believe that scrubbers and shore power can both be used in the future to help reduce emissions.”
Oakland: Looking Forward to Near-Zero Emission Ships
In 2009, the Port of Oakland made a commitment to reduce seaport-related diesel health risks by 85 percent by 2020. “We’ve made significant progress to meet that goal,” says port spokesman Michael Zampa. “As a priority, the port has reduced its seaport emissions from the sources that operate at or nearest the port terminals - the ones that decrease the diesel health risk the most.”  
Ship engines are the largest source of seaport emissions at the port. “It’s critical that we reduce these emissions as much as possible, particularly while at berth,” says Zampa. “This is important to the port, its neighboring communities and the region. For the port, the best day for us will be when we no longer need to use our shore power system because only zero or near-zero emissions ships are operating globally. We will all breathe easier on that day.”
Discussion in the U.K.
The U.S. is not the only nation to voice dissent over the value of shore power. The British Society of Maritime Industries hosted a seminar in London earlier this year that discussed the viability of shore power. Representatives from Cavotec and Schneider Electric argued in favor of shore power, although they recognized that a cost-benefit analysis should be done on a case-by-case basis, reports Hellenic Shipping News.
Peter Selway, marketing manager of Schneider Electric, said that ships could expect a payback time of three years and ports four years if they invested in the technology. It was pointed out that shore power reduces noise and vibration as well as air emissions.
However, another speaker at the conference, Simon Zielonka, fleet director of Royal Caribbean International Cruises, said the costs for shore power could be too high for cruise ships. By comparison, the biggest container ships use the same amount of power as a small cruise ship. He also warned that the technology might just move emissions from the port to the location where the electricity was produced.
Zielonka said that most emissions from ships are produced when they are at sea and estimated that shore power might only reduce emissions by 1-3 percent. He also estimated that it was 10 times more expensive to retrofit a ship for shore power than to include it on a newbuilding.
IMO Considered Shore Power, E.U. Acted
IMO representative Masao Yamasaki said at the conference that the IMO had discussed making shore power mandatory in 2012 but concluded that, at that time, there were not enough ports (only 20, mostly in the U.S. and Scandinavia) that were ready with the technology.
The E.U. has taken a stronger stance by approving Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure in 2014. This directive obliges member states to implement alternative infrastructure networks such as shoreside power technology by December 2025. The E.U.’s TEN-T program has indicated that shore power is an area where funding was available to help with up to 50 percent of the costs of research and 20 percent of the costs of implementation.
Hamburg: A Barge Solution
New ideas are still being developed. The port of Hamburg has taken a less infrastructure-intensive approach to shore power with the commissioning of an LNG-fuelled barge this month that will provide power to cruise ships in the port. The barge works like a floating power plant and, compared to conventional marine diesel with 0.1 percent sulfur content, emits no SOx or soot. Emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide are also significantly reduced. The deployment of the LNG Hybrid Barge could therefore significantly improve air quality in port cities, says Becker Marine Systems.
More Financial Incentives
The Port of Antwerp already offers shore power at its Independent Maritime Terminal, and there are berths where barges can use shore power. Ships are offered financial incentives to use the power, and the port has just introduced further incentives, this time aimed at scrubbers and LNG. 
As of 1 June 2015 Antwerp will grant a discount to seagoing ships that use alternative technology to reduce their particulate emissions. The new discount means that in some cases ships can benefit from a 30 percent reduction in port fees. 
According to spokeswoman Annik Dirkx: “For auxiliaries, the use of cold ironing is still a valid option, because this is not necessarily combined with or connected to the main engine that can run on LNG or with scrubbers. In our port we do case by case project development, which means that we try to accommodate every shipping company’s request the best way we can.”
So What Will Charleston Do?
Charleston has been conducting outdoor air testing at Union Pier since February. The data shows that there have been no emissions above federal guidelines, even when a cruise ship is in port. According to Newsome, there is no significant difference between cruise ship days and non-cruise ship days. He therefore believes that shore power isn’t needed. 
However, contends one environmental activist, discussions are far from over.

Imtech Marine to supply propulsion system to Caledonian Maritime's hybrid ferry

CMAL shipyard
Imtech Marine has been contracted to supply the electric and hybrid propulsion system for Scotland-based Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) operated hybrid ferry.
Under the terms of the contract, Imtech Marine will carry out electrical installation for the third hybrid ferry, which is due to be delivered in April 2016.
The company will also supply the diesel-electric and Li-Ion battery hybrid propulsion system by December.
The owner can track fuel usage with the help of an Imtech Marine remote control monitoring system installed on the third CMAL vessel.
According to Imtech, the first ferry used a lithium battery system, diesel generators and electric propulsion, and has been designed to reduce fuel, noise and emissions.
It is claimed to achieve fuel savings of 38%.
The substantial reduction is achieved by using shore-charged energy (28%) as well as smart load control (10%) through the Imtech Marine Energy Management System (EMS).
"We estimated the propulsion system would result in savings around the 20% level but this result of 38% exceeded all expectations."
The EMS removes the need for a second generator during the complete working day and controls fuel optimisation.
Based on a 'market' control strategy, it also controls the load sharing between the diesel generator and batteries, and uses Imtech Marine's energy dashboard to provide essential performance feedback to the captain.
Information regarding exisitng and historic performance and maintenance values is provided to the fleet owner through the web-based remote monitoring system.
Mischa Kyanin of Imtech Marine said: "Originally we estimated the propulsion system would result in savings around the 20% level but this result of 38% exceeded all expectations."

Image: Caledonian Maritime Assets's (CMAL) shipyard. Photo: courtesy of Imtech.