La Naval delivers ABC-powered hybrid RoPax ferry

La Naval delivers ABC-powered hybrid RoPax ferry
JUNE 29, 2016 — Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales del Norte—La Naval — has now delivered Texelstroom, one of the world's first  hybrid RoPax ferries.
The 135 m double ender has been built for Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO) and is designed to transporting up to 1,750 passengers and 350 vehicles between the port of Den Helder, Netherlands,  and the island of Texel.
Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) supplied the four medium speed main engines, including two dual fuel (CNG + diesel) generator sets that deliver 2 MW each at 1,000 rpm and two diesel generator sets that develop 2 MW each at 750 rpm.
For the dual fuel engines, an air/gas mixture is injected in the cylinders, which is then compressed. A small pilot injection of diesel ensures the ignition. Natural gas (CNG) is more environmentally friendly and has as one of the main advantages that hardly any soot or sulfur dioxide is released during the combustion.
An important advantage of ABC's dual fuel engines is a very flexible fuel system that considerably increases efficiency. The ignition system makes it possible to work with different gases of low calorific value and fluctuating ignition quality.
Texelstroom will generally sail using its dual fuel engines every hour between 6 am and 10 pm. The engines are designed to have sufficient power in the tidal conditions in which the ship operates for the approximately 20 minute crossing between the mainland and the largest Dutch Wadden Sea Island Texel.
In normal weather conditions, Texelstroom will use only one dual fuel generating set during the majority of the crossing with the engine coordinating with the battery packs on board.
Redundancy was taken into account from the concept stage of the ferry. In cases of extreme urgency, the hybrid ferry will have to make the crossing from Texel to the mainland (and vice versa) at high speed. Therefore, two back-up diesel generating sets were also provided.
In addition to the two storage tanks for the compressed natural gas, a 700 sq.m solar photovoltaic panel field is also installed on the roof of the ferry, with the energy that it produces being stored in high capacity electric batteries that are part of the ship's advanced energy management system. This energy can then be used at peak times for either propulsion or electricity consumption on board of the ferry.
Cees de Waal, Director of TESO, stated: "With Texelstroom, TESO wanted to achieve its ambition where environmental benefits, cost control and quality improvement go together. The ship embodies the latest technologies for reducing emissions. This next-generation ferry will sail our passengers in a comfortable and efficient way across the Marsdiep. With regards to the propulsion, it was very important to choose environmentally friendly and reliable engines.
"Jean-Pierre Props, Area Sales Manager at Anglo Belgian Corporation, said, "We want to thank Royal TESO for their confidence in our engines and wish them all the best in the continued operation of the ferry service between Texel and Den Helder."

Strong Showing for Bunker Saving Tech at 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

Several suppliers have seen their bunker saving technology win awards at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards.
Innovation of the Year went to Norsepower's Rotor Sail solution, which as Ship & Bunker reported earlier this year, has shown fuel savings of 6.1 percent.
In the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year category, Wärtsilä won for its combined induction charging and automotive mooring concept, the creation of a concept for a series of zero- and low-emissions hybrid shuttle ferries, and the supply of a complete electrical propulsion system to the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation cruise vessels.
The Supplier of the Year title went to marine battery manufacturer Corvus Energy for the second consecutive year, while Caledonian Maritime Assets won the Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award for a second time in three years, for its MV Catriona hybrid ro-ro passenger and vehicle ferry.
It’s been another exceptional year for electric and hybrid marine technology
John Thornton, editor of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards
The vessel reports bunker savings of up to 30 percent.
"It's been another exceptional year for electric and hybrid marine technology, which has been echoed by the strength of this year's nominees," said John Thornton, editor of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards.
"It was certainly no easy task for the jury panel, and we'd like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for the quantity and quality of pioneering innovation produced over the past year."
The awards were presented last Thursday at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, Amsterdam RAI.
Ship & Bunker was among the international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts, and academics from 20 countries who decided the winners.

New marine battery range from Corvus

Manufacturer of lithium-ion based energy storage systems (ESS), Corvus Energy, has unveiled its next generation product line, Orca ESS, at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam.

The Canadian company has designed the Orca ESS product line based on experience from more than fifty vessels currently using a Corvus ESS, totaling over 35MWh installed and 1 million operating hours.
Andrew Morden, president and chief executive of Corvus Energy, said: “We challenged our engineering teams to design and build the industry’s safest, highest performing ESS at an extremely compelling cost of ownership.”

“Orca ESS is the result of that challenge and the lessons learned from our experience as the leading provider of ESS solutions,” he added.
Rather than a single product approach, the Orca ESS product line delivers a range of products which are designed to meet the various needs of maritime customers. Orca Energy is aimed at applications that require large amounts of energy such as ferries and merchant vessels, while Orca Power is designed for applications that require a seamless response to dynamic power loads such as offshore supply vessels and port equipment.
Orca ESS solutions are designed to scale for applications of all sizes, up to and beyond 10MWh, at a lower total cost of ownership. “With a step-change in price, typical applications should expect total installed costs to be reduced by up to 50% with Orca ESS,” said Mr Morden.

The AT6700 model comes in two sizes – the AT6700-50 and AT6700-100. Both have energy ratings of 6.7kWh with a performance of 3C at charge (both models) and ranging from 4C (6700-50) to 6C (6700-100) at continuous discharge.
The Orca product line also includes innovations related to safety and operations. Among those innovations, both Orca Energy and Orca Power feature patented technology that delivers cell-level thermal runaway isolation. Additional innovations such as power connections contained within the rack eliminate the need for cables and manual connections.

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Award winning innovations

Last night saw the Seawork Awards and Networking event take place at The Vestry, Southampton, where the winners were announced for the Spirit of Innovation Awards, Maritime Professional of the Year, and Maritime Sustainability Award.
Spirit of Innovation Awards
Located in Seawork's undercover exhibition area, the Spirit of Innovations Showcase at Seawork 2016, sponsored by URICA, displays the latest projects, products and vessels that are forging ahead in the industry to provide new solutions.
A Certificate of Commendation has been awarded to the winner of each category. In order to qualify, all entries must be new to the market in the past 12 months and provide a valuable insight into the latest in design, technology and applications

2016 winners

The overall winner of the Spirit of Innovation award 2016 is Duodrive for the innovative Duodrivetrain. Runners up were Punk Couplings Punk Couplings Ltd for Punk Couplings.
Category winners included Punk Couplings, winner of the Marine Engineering category. The safety category winner was Spinlock for the Spinlock Lume-On.
The propulsion category was won by DuoDrive for DuoDriveTrain. Runners up were HamiltonJet for the JETanchor waterjet positioning system. Finally the electronics category winner was CA Clase for Las Thrane LT1000 Navigation Reference Unit. Runners up were C-Sense for the Tele-Pilot.
Maritime Professional of the Year
The Maritime Professional of the Year award 2016 celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. Congratulations go to all our shortlisted nominees for their hard work within the industry; Peter Weide of MarShip UK, Peter Eyre of Peter Eyre Marine Design and Nichole Kalil of ACR Electronics.
The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner was John Haynes, Managing Director of Shock Mitigation Solutions. John was nominated by James Ellison, who commented “John Haynes is a thought leader in the high speed craft, shock mitigation and hybrid marine power sectors with a unique ability to engage and create momentum globally. John has a passion for these sectors, rooted in his own maritime background. He has a genuine vision of improving people’s lives on boats. His work with over 100 organisations is testament to this. John provides professional end-user organisations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how the sub IMO fast boat sector is rapidly changing worldwide. His subject matter expertise includes 30 years training, consultancy and strategic product development.”
Congratulations to John Haynes and all the runners-up.
Maritime Sustainability Award 2016
This year saw the introduction of the Maritime Sustainability Award, which is awarded to the company or organisation operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector, which demonstrates outstanding focus in its environmental and sustainability efforts.
The winner of this award was CWind, who, given their unique mix of workboats, with its large majority of resin composite vessels, offer considerable fuel savings. In an industry engaged in generating clean energy, CWind is keen to make a valuable contribution. The fuel efficiency is not coincidental, but was a design goal from the outset. This has allowed CWind to not only offer significant cost savings to its clients but has also lowered the overall carbon footprint of the company and the projects it has supported since launch.


Group Leader of Frazer-Nash's EC&I team, Chris G Jones, will be sharing his expertise with delegates at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo Conference in Amsterdam on 22 June.
Chris's presentation, titled 'Novel approaches to de-risk the integration of hybrid energy solutions to deliver the next generation of capability' will be given at 9.35am on 22 June, as part of the morning session on hybrid-electric and all-electric system design and development.
Chris said: "My presentation will discuss the likely risks and mitigation strategies involved in the introduction of direct-current architectures to meet the demanding energy needs of future marine vessels.
"I'll be considering how to best take concept designs through the development life cycle using model-based systems engineering techniques, and will outline approaches that use simulation and real-time model development to de-risk the equipment integration challenge."
Exclusively dedicated to electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems, technologies and components, the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Conference Expo 2016 runs from 21 to 23 June, and will feature papers from more than 50 of the world's leading experts. The conference is co-located with the Electric and Hybrid Marine World international exhibition, where the latest and next-generation solutions will be showcased.
The event will also host the second Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards. For further details, visit

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Event Information

This global event, with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, will showcase electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems, technologies, and components to an audience of designers, ship owners, operators and many more. 
DNV GL will be there for you at stand no. 2130

Maritime Battery Systems Introduction Course on the spot 

At this exhibition we will hold our Maritime Battery Systems Introduction Course focusing on important aspects for implementing battery systems onboard ships in a safe, economical and effective way. 
It will take place on 21.06.2016, 10.00 -17.00 at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, Technology Presentation Area, Amsterdam/The Netherlands. 
The course is in English, booklet of slides and lunch are included. Attractive discounts are offered for participants who combine both the course and the Expo. For example, course participants can purchase a two day pass for the Expo (day 2 and day 3) at a 20% discount. 

Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held back to back at the Grand Harbor in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide – and highlight potential solutions.
Next Generation SHOCK MITIGATION Workshop on October 25, 2016 focuses on shock mitigation solutions. Attendees include professional and military organizations, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, service providers and classification societies.
Next Generation HIGH SPEED CRAFT Workshop on October 26, 2016 focuses on RIBs and high speed craft. Topics are relevant to workboats, pilot boats, patrol boats, search and rescue, survey vessels, superyacht tenders and the emerging market for unmanned surface vessels.
Next Generation HYBRID MARINE POWER Workshop on October 27, 2016 focuses on innovative power and propulsion. The objective is to identify efficiency by all means. Hybrid concepts are modular and scalable which are also relevant to offshore supply vessels, patrol vessels and superyachts.
Workshop organizer John Haynes said, “Next Generation events are dynamic and relevant, with plenty of long breaks to encourage networking and knowledge sharing. We focus on viable innovation and using people’s time effectively. We also know that having the right people onboard is essential and there is no substitute for meeting the experts face to face when asking the hard questions. You should simply drop everything and be here if you have a burning problem or a great solution.”
SKYDEX Technologies is lead sponsor of the workshop days. Based in the U.S., the company is a global leader in impact mitigation and cushioning solutions with technology installed in more than 20,000 military vehicles and 6,000 marine craft. SKYDEX CEO and President James Taylor said, “Our proprietary technology is engineered to excel in the harshest and most demanding conditions. We are pleased to support this unique event that enables us to launch new products that are relevant to maritime professionals in Europe and worldwide.”
The one day workshops are being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel overlooking the port of Southampton. Supporters of the event include Lloyd’s Register, UK Maritime Pilots Association, Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association and Southampton Solent University.
Haynes added, “Boat builders and specialist component manufacturers now recognize that they need to work together to develop next generation systems that fit the rapidly changing requirements of modern fleets. The unique knowledge gained from these workshop sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.”
Those interested in presenting at the workshops should submit suggested 30 minute Workshop Session / Title / 250 word Summary / 150 word Bio to Workshop Lead - John Haynes at