Facing up to the reality of a much smarter marine future

The shipping industry is not going to be (and should not want to be) spared an increasingly inter-connected future. New technologies that were considered completely unachievable just a few years ago are rapidly being introduced, creating new levels of efficiency and cost savings that are influencing the future of shipping. We at Wärtsilä have committed ourselves to being at the forefront of these changes.
By utilising high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, we intend to lead the way to a Smart Marine Ecosystem. We are building upon our broad product and service solutions base to support innovation, while collaborating with customers and partners, including ship owners, ship management companies, ports, bunker suppliers, and software or technology providers, among others in order to realise this vision.
To support this approach we have, among other initiatives, developed Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC) to speed up the innovation process and to work with customers in co-creating new business models and solutions. One DAC is already established in Helsinki, Finland, with another scheduled to be opened in Singapore before the end of the year. We plan to open two more in 2018; one in Central Europe, the other in North America.
The results of this work are already apparent. In August, in cooperation with our customer Gulfmark Offshore, we successfully tested the remote controlling of the ‘Highland Chieftain’, an 80-metre long platform supply vessel owned by Gulfmark Offshore. This was carried out by satellite from a distance of 8000 kilometres using standard bandwidth, and without the use of any land-based technology for communications between the vessel and the remote operator work station. Remarkably, the vessel was sailing off the east coast of Scotland, while it was being remotely operated from Wärtsilä premises in San Diego, California.
While complete ship autonomy is unlikely to be fully in use for a while yet, hybrid propulsion using a combination of engines and battery storage is already established and becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that hybrid propulsion solutions will represent a significant percentage of all contracted ships within the coming ten years.
By leveraging our strengths in both engine design and electrical & automation systems, we have launched a fully integrated hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY, optimised to work seamlessly through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). Notably, it is the marine industry’s first hybrid power module of its type produced, thereby establishing a new industry benchmark.
No innovation can succeed without clear benefits to its end user, and we are proud that the Wärtsilä HY provides many of them. For example, we can identify lower fuel consumption, reduced exhaust emissions, and improved vessel performance. When operating in ‘green’ mode, zero emissions can be achieved, while smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes, thanks to a patent pending automation procedure.
We passionately believe in a better connected, more efficient and environmentally sustainable shipping industry, made possible by a Smart Marine Ecosystem – join us on this journey and stay tuned for more exciting developments.


ABS: New Guidance on Energy Storage

ABS has published The ABS Guide for Use of Supercapacitors in the Marine and Offshore Industries (Supercapacitor Guide) to support safe application of hybrid power in the marine and offshore industries.  
The maritime industry is increasingly interested in using supercapacitors as an energy storage solution when quick energy delivery is required during a peak loading condition. Particularly, offshore supply vessel (OSV) owners are considering supercapacitors to supplement energy supply during high-load operations, such as using power thrusters for dynamic positioning while station keeping. 
"We are developing a series of guides on energy storage systems so our clients have as many options as possible to effectively manage energy use,” said ABS Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Derek Novak. “Supercapacitors have a high power density and a fast charging and discharging process to augment other power sources – which can greatly improve the efficiency of traditional energy sources.” 
The Supercapacitor Guide delineates types of supercapacitors, including electrochemical capacitors and lithium ion capacitors, and defines requirements for design, construction and installation of supercapacitors in marine and offshore applications. 
“As a leading class organization, we provide our clients and industry with reliable guidance to enable technology development that affords safer and more efficient operations,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki. “We focus on staying ahead of the curve so industry can leverage alternative energy sources to reduce costs and improve productivity.” 
The guide, available for download from the ABS website, is the second in a series on hybrid electric power systems following the ABS Guide for Use of Lithium Batteries in the Marine in Offshore Industries. ABS also issued the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems, which takes a measured approach to evaluating potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and components most suited for marine and offshore applications.  

EUROPE: CATERPILLAR MARINE TECHNOLOGY ORDERED FOR HYBRID TUG


The Cat Marine Advanced Variable Drive is to be installed on a tugboat to be built by Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyard.
Announcing the contract, Caterpillar Marine said that its AVD will offer improvements in fuel efficiency and vessel performance by means of a fully-integrated hydro-mechanical propulsion system.
‘Different from a typical Power Take In (PTI) solution, the AVD incorporates a planetary gear set allowing seamless clutch engagement of main engines, auxiliary engines, or both to provide a scalable power installation to meet any customer need in terms of maximum vessel speed, power, or bollard pull,’ explained Nathan Kelly, product definition engineer for Caterpillar Marine. 
‘This also allows propeller speed independent of engine speed so optimal engine efficiency can be achieved leading to fuel savings of 15%-20%.’
The Sanmar hydraulic hybrid tug will be a Robert Allan Ltd-designed RAmparts 2400SX harbor tug incorporating an integrated Caterpillar AVD system of 3512 main engines, a C32 auxiliary engine, Cat MTA 627 fixed pitch tug thrusters, and bridge controls.  
Compared to a conventional tug with equivalent bollard pull, the return on investment is estimated at three years or less, based on projected fuel and operating cost savings.
Ali Gurun, director of projects, Sanmar Shipyards, commented on the new vessel initiative: ‘This strategic development between Sanmar and Caterpillar will provide a highly optimised, lower cost alternative to conventional electric hybrid systems with similar benefits regarding improved performance, lower noise and lower emissions.’

Marine battery market is charging up rapidly

Hybrid propulsion with batteries is changing marine propulsion for the better, and not just in the OSV sector.

Earlier this month I noted that although the market for offshore support vessels remains depressed for the time being, when it recovers, all newbuilds will have batteries. Well, maybe not absolutely all of them, but a good number of those built for more sophisticated markets.

Battery suppliers such as Plan B Energy Storage predict that most new vessels will have a battery room, with options for energy storage either integrated at the newbuild stage or added later. If not a battery room as such they may well have a containerised/modular battery pack.

As I noted here,  recent months have seen further important developments in battery-based hybrid energy systems for OSVs, including a platform supply vessel in which a hybrid power system replaced a generator.

Norway’s NOx funds wants to help owners refitting vessels that are on long-term contracts with hybrid energy solutions based on batteries. It has set a deadline for of 30 June 2018 for owners who want to apply for support for PSVs engaged on term charters.

This week also saw global aluminium supplier Hydro make a significant investment in Corvus Energy, which has number of contracts for batteries for OSVs. Hydro sees energy storage and battery solutions as an increasingly important part of the future of energy systems as whole. It’s right to do so. Batteries are being fitted on all kinds of vessels, from tugs to ferries to research ships. FinFerries and Siemens talk about the hybrid ferry Elektra here.

For the time being, the batteries in hybrid energy solutions for ships are being supplied by OEMs, but given the way demand is growing I’m sure it can’t be long before one of the battery companies is snapped up by a major marine industry player.

via OSJ

Norsk Hydro invests in Corvus Energy

photo credit: Corvus Energy

Richmond, BC based Corvus Energy is jointly held by management, BW Group, Statoil Technology Invest, investors affiliated with El Cuervo Holdings Limited Partnership, Canadian and US family offices and private investors.
Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose-built, field-proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and all-electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives.
“Corvus is extremely pleased to have Hydro join our ownership team,” said Willie Wagen, Global VP of Sales & Marketing. Adding, “The experience and financial support of Hydro will enable Corvus to scale our operations and accelerate our market penetration even further.”
Established in 1905, Hydro is one of the world’s largest fully integrated aluminum companies, with over 35,000 employees, and operations in 40 countries on all continents.
Hydro was attracted to Corvus not only for the commercial viability of the technology as the adoption of battery power for all-electric and hybrid marine applications increases, but also in consideration of their own future power needs. Based in Norway and rooted in more than a century of experience in renewable energy, technology and innovation, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of its customers and communities, shaping a sustainable future through innovative aluminum solutions.
“We see that energy storage and battery solutions are an increasingly important part of the future of energy systems, and as a significant energy player-both as a power producer and consumer of energy-we want Hydro to be developing this industry further,” said Executive Vice President for energy and business development at Hydro, Arvid Moss.


Hybrid Partnership Gains First Project

The MAN Diesel &Turbo and AKA partners have recently received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency. The order inlcudes four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order being a complete 690V main switchboard, 690-400 V transformers, and electric motors for main propellers and thrusters. Plus AKA’s delivery of he frequency converters for the electric motors and the drive control and power-management systems.

MAN Diesel & Turbo is reporting its first order from its 40% stake in Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), a specialist power supply, energy management and drive systems for marine applications.
The partners said the first order is for a hybrid propulsion package for a Russian special vessel. Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first successful collaboration between the two since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought its share in AKA in June.
The order includes four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order being a complete 690V main switchboard, 690-400 V transformers, and electric motors for main propellers and thrusters. Also within AKA’s delivery is the frequency converters for the electric motors and the drive control and power-management systems. (Energy management systems provide fully automatic control and optimize the power distribution of drive components of ships.)
“This specialist vessel, with its unique operational demands, showcases our competence as a solution provider and the broader capability we now possess with AKA’s energy-management expertise,” said Wayne Jones, chief sales officer, MAN Diesel & Turbo.  “Encouragingly for our new partnership, the previous vessel in this series was equipped with an identical propulsion package, but from a different supplier.”
The partnership is part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategic development program, “Basecamp 3000+”, launched in 2016. As part of this program, the company announced strategic acquisitions and partnerships to expand its product range with respect to the global trends of de-carbonization and digitalization.
“The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner in the field of marine propulsion”, explained Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “AKA’s specialized expertise links battery storage systems and marine engines. The new cooperation marks an important step on the way to further establish ourselves as a principal system supplier for energy management on board ships.”
AKA is a Canadian company, based in Montague, Prince Edward Island (PEI). The company employs around 120 at five global locations with about 100 in its PEI locations.
In June 2017 MAN Diesel & Turbo agreed to acquire 40% in AKA. By the acquisition, MAN Diesel & Turbo said it has gained specialized know-how in the field of electric and hybrid systems to complement its product portfolio.
AKA co-founder and CEO Jason Aspin remains with the company as managing director and shareholder. Neale Kemp, the other founding partner. is retiring from active business operations and selling his shares in AKA.
MAN Diesel & Turbo said AKA is known as a world market leader in equipping diesel-hybrid powered ship propulsion systems with integrated battery storage and in high-reliability on-board power systems in dynamic-positioning applications for the marine and offshore oil & gas sectors. The company is also involved in energy storage and hybrid power solutions for a broader range of marine and land-based applications.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo is the world’s premiere designer and manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, and the perfect partner for us,” Aspin said. “We benefit not only from the global prestige of the brand, its global sales network and customer base, but also from the top-class engineering and machine building competence in the fields of engines, exhaust gas after treatment and gas and propulsion systems.”



Wärtsilä makes Viking Princess the world’s first offshore vessel with a hybrid energy storage solution replacing a traditional generator


The technology group Wärtsilä reached a new milestone in the battery technology development as the company completed the installation of a hybrid energy system on board Viking Princess. The Norwegian vessel is now the first ever offshore supply vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to customer Eidesvik Offshore on 9 October 2017.
Wärtsilä’s expert analysing the new hydrid system on board Viking Princess
There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable. When using the Wärtsilä installed energy storage system on board Viking Princess, the fuel saving potential can be up to 30 percent in various operations and the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to approximately 13–18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.
Wärtsilä’s expert analysing the new hydrid system on board Viking Princess
Furthermore, the hybrid solution will provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.
Viking Princess now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fuelled Wärtsilä engines. The new energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines. The technology is similar to that used in hybrid vehicles: it prevents the engine load from dipping, and uses the surplus to re-energise the battery, which can be charged as needed. Wärtsilä’s remote monitoring and operational advisory services support the daily operation of the vessel ensuring efficient and optimised operations.
Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.
Impact in the future of the entire shipping industry
“Eidesvik and Wärtsilä’s partnership dates back to 2003 when our ship, the ‘Viking Energy’ became the first offshore supply vessel powered by LNG fuel. Now, together, we are again introducing a world’s first, with the ‘Viking Princess’ becoming the first offshore vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. We are grateful to Wärtsilä for providing the technology to make this possible,” says Vermund Hjelland, President Technical Department, Eidesvik Offshore.
Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
“This is a truly forward-looking solution, and we congratulate Eidesvik Offshore for having the vision to appreciate the benefits that hybrid energy system offers. In addition to the fuel consumption and environmental advantages, the conversion also reduces maintenance costs and contributes to more efficient operations. The success of this project will impact the future of the entire shipping industry,” says Sindre Utne, Manager Projects and Operations, Wärtsilä Norway. “Wärtsilä’s advantage lies at the most advanced level of integration related to hybrid technology for marine applications. It is a combination of expertise in both engines and electrical and automation systems, as well as digital solutions.”

Source: Wärtsilä

VIDEO: World first conversion takes LNG-fueled OSV hybrid


Energy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled enginesEnergy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled engines
OCTOBER 13, 2017 — Eidesvik Offshore's Viking Princess has become the world's first offshore vessel to use battery power to reduce the number of generators on board. The five year old Norwegian vessel now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fueled Wärtsilä engines.
The vessel's newWärtsilä energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines. The technology is similar to that used in hybrid cars: it prevents the engine load from dipping, and uses the surplus to re-energize the battery, which can be charged as needed.
Wärtsilä's remote monitoring and operational advisory services support the daily operation of the vessel, ensuring efficient and optimized operations.
The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9.
There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable. When using the Wärtsilä installed energy storage system on board Viking Princess, the fuel saving potential can be up to 30 percent in various operations and CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to approximately 13–18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.
Additionally, the hybrid solution will provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.

The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.
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"Eidesvik and Wärtsilä's partnership dates back to 2003 when our ship, the Viking Energy became the first offshore supply vessel powered by LNG fuel. Now, together, we are again introducing a world's first, with the Viking Princess becoming the first offshore vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. We are grateful to Wärtsilä for providing the technology to make this possible," says Vermund Hjelland, President Technical Department, Eidesvik Offshore.
"This is a truly forward-looking solution, and we congratulate Eidesvik Offshore for having the vision to appreciate the benefits that hybrid energy system offers. In addition to the fuel consumption and environmental advantages, the conversion also reduces maintenance costs and contributes to more efficient operations. The success of this project will impact the future of the entire shipping industry," says Sindre Utne, Manager Projects and Operations, Wärtsilä Norway. "Wärtsilä's advantage lies at the most advanced level of integration related to hybrid technology for marine applications. It is a combination of expertise in both engines and electrical and automation systems, as well as digital solutions."


Electric and Hybrid Boat Development

Electric and Hybrid Boat Development
Torqeedo
Torqeedo, probably the fastest-growing brand in electric and hybrid marine engines, was just bought by Deutz AG, a major European manufacturer of diesel and natural-gas engines. The move solidifies a dual effort to marry clean diesel to electric propulsion to meet the stringent emissions standards of the EU.
Electric propulsion’s growth in Europe comes partly from the way emissions are measured in the EU. American regulators assess “emissions per motor,” while Euro-crats look to the emissions of a vessel, which could have multiple motors. In Europe, large-vessel and yacht builders comply with emissions requirements using gas or diesel and electric propulsion.
Electric propulsion is highly subsidized in Germany, and ­combustion propulsion for marine use is restricted, but Americans aren’t yet so encumbered, and electric propulsion here is still growing quickly.
One reason is many suburban lakes and drinking-water reservoirs only allow electric propulsion, either to maintain water purity and/or to maintain a quieter waterfront atmosphere in the neighborhood.
Electric Boat Development
Minn Kota’s 48-volt outboard generates 2 horsepower.
Minn Kota
Early Adopters
So, pontoon owners are among the early adopters meeting regulations, enjoying quieter cruises ideal on lower electric horsepower.
Minn Kota may have been first to tap into the market some years ago with its E ­Outboard ($2,999). Complete with electronic throttle, LED battery maintenance instrumentation, and an electric tilt drive mechanism with 48 volts of wet-cell battery power, it generates up to 2 horsepower to propel an 18-foot pontoon 5 mph.
But Torqeedo’s Cruise series features transom-mount, helm-steered motors ($3,798 for a 2-horsepower Cruise 2.0 RS outboard to $8,499 for a Cruise 10.0L) complete with throttle control and a GPS-based battery-management computer and LED display to report remaining battery power and range at speed. Cruise motors require two 24-volt lithium-ion batteries at $2,599 each.
Powered Up
Lithium-ion batteries are half as heavy as lead-acid batteries and last three times as long. Unlike lead-acid batteries, they deliver full voltage until depleted, keeping the ride snappy. Ultimately, compared to AGM batteries, lithium-ion batteries prove comparably priced per hour of boating. In our tests, we’ve found 16- to 20-foot pontoons can enjoy a silent sunset cruise for hours or give a zippy ride to the sandbar for a day of water fun. And while you may think electrics are all slow-going, we’ve enjoyed some exciting rides and even water-skied behind electric-powered runabouts, and the horsepower to do it with pontoons is definitely available.

Fischer Panda UK Appoints Technical Sales Manager

Fischer Panda UK has appointed David Payne as its new Technical Sales Manager.
An experienced marine industry sales manager specialising in hybrid generator and battery-based electrical power systems, Payne has joined the Dorset-based team to drive sales for its generators, electric propulsion systems, watermakers and air-conditioning systems. His role will also include developing and expanding a system-based approach for the product range, while working to further integrate key brands, such as Mastervolt Power systems and CZone monitoring and control, into the Fischer Panda packages.
Chris Fower, Marine Sales and Marketing Manager for Fischer Panda, said:  “We are delighted to bring David on board and we are confident that he will assist in strengthening overall sales of our technical product range. With David’s vast technical knowledge and industry contacts, his main role will be generating new sales growth across our three core markets - marine, vehicle and military, whilst maintaining and developing our existing customer base.”
Indentured mechanical engineer Payne has worked for key marine brands for more than 20 years, most recently developing hybrid diesel and electric power systems for both vessels and specialist vehicles.
Payne added: “The popular Fischer Panda generators are renowned for their high quality and low noise, so I am looking forward to working with the team and introducing all the products and systems to more customers. I will be aiming to use my strong technical background in marine and automotive engineering, and ability to customise innovative, practical and cost-effective solutions, to further increase Fischer Panda’s market presence.”
Leading distributer Fischer Panda UK Ltd offers full-system design capability, servicing and aftercare for a variety of commercial and leisure vessels. It has recently launched the Panda 4000s Neo and the Panda 5000i Neo gensets using Fischer Panda’s in-house designed water-cooled FPE320 single cylinder diesel engine, adding to its next generation iSeries ‘Perfect Power’ generators with variable speed capability.
Visit www.fischerpanda.co.uk for more information about Fischer Panda’s range of marine generators and other products.

THE SWITCH AND CHINA SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY CORP TO EXPLORE HYBRID, BATTERY SOLUTIONS

The advanced train technology company has inked a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, China’s R&D institute for marine diesel engines.
Cooperation with Finland-headquartered The Switch is expected to help CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), provide power generation and drive train solutions to its clients. Both companies are aiming to advance the Chinese marine industry with electrical drive trains and optimised energy use.
‘We want to show CSIC/711 our commitment to cooperation in practice, not only in words,’ said Carlo Cecchi, Director of Business Development, The Switch. ‘The Switch will support CSIC/711 with a strong technical team and continue building our worldwide service and support network to be close to the shipowner wherever needed. We see that the marine market has interesting potential and want to be a part of that journey with CSIC.’
As Bunkerspot previously reported, in January, The Switch announced it was looking to grow its marine business by 200% over the next five years.


Two More Statoil-Chartered PSVs to Receive Hybrid Power System Retrofits


Two More Statoil-Chartered PSVs to Receive Hybrid Power System Retrofits
Corvus will supply its lithium ion based ESS to Havila Foresight and the Havila Charisma. Image Courtesy: Corvus
Corvus Energy (Corvus) today announced that it will supply its lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) to two platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with hybrid power systems.
The Havila Foresight and the Havila Charisma - both of which are on long-term charter to Statoil ASA (Statoil) - will each be fitted with a 1000kWh Orca Energy ESS from Corvus, enabling "environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations."
The latest order brings the total number of Statoil-chartered vessels to be supplied with Corvus ESS to six.
"Corvus is proud to be part of Statoil's commitment to the environment and their goal of becoming a leader in cleaner oil & gas production as they leverage renewable energy technologies such as the Orca ESS," said Roger Rosvold, Sales Manager of Corvus Energy.
"In collaboration with Havila, our teams have developed the optimal solution to meet the aggressive environmental, safety, performance and cost objectives."
The latest order brings the total number of Statoil-chartered vessels to be supplied with Corvus ESS to six
In July, Ship & Bunker reported that Corvus Energy would supply its ESS the Statoil-chartered and Farstad Shipping ASA (Farstad)-owned diesel electric PSV Far Sun, which is expected to see reductions in fuel consumption and emissions as a result.
Commenting on the latest order, Corvus today said: "the hybridization of these two vessels is part of Statoil's ambition of being a leading company in carbon-efficient oil and gas production.
"Statoil is focusing on reducing emissions from their logistics activities and has mandated that all new charters shall utilise energy storage systems during all aspects of the PSV's operation, particularly during dynamic positioning and harbour operations where fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced."
As Ship & Bunker reported in June, this year's Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards saw Corvus win the Supplier of the Year award for the third year in a row, as well as the Innovation of the Year award for its Orca Energy ESS.
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Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power

Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power
Adopting hybrid propulsion will reduce Seacor Maja’s fuel consumption and emissions
Mexmar, Seacor’s joint venture in Mexico, is to upgrade the vessel Seacor Maya with a hybrid power solution, joining the growing ranks of companies that recognise the fuel-efficiencies and environmental benefits to be obtained from doing so.
Kongsberg has been selected as the single supplier for the delivery, supply and integration of an energy storage system for the vessel with a custom-designed energy control system (ECS). The ship’s existing K-Pos DP-22 dynamic positioning (DP) system and K-Chief 700 IAS automation system will also be upgraded.
The upgraded K-Pos DP-22 system functions include power load monitoring and blackout prevention. The system will display all battery data including capacity and status. The ECS is made possible by combining existing and upgraded K-Pos, K-Chief and K-Thrust functionality. Core components of the system include dynamic load prediction, dynamic inertia control and dynamic hybrid control combined with an automatic start/stop strategy.
This kind of system optimisation enables significant fuel efficiency while also extending battery life, lowering lifetime costs and maximising the investment in hybrid power. The contract includes an option for a second vessel.
“On completion of the upgrade, Seacor Maya will have one of the most advanced powertrain solutions of any vessel,” said Seacor Marine manager of engineering, Tim Clerc. “The hybrid power solution has the potential to significantly reduce operational costs while at the same time provide access to new functionality for improved safety and effectiveness of DP operations.”

Visedo to power breakthrough hybrid ice ferry for Swedish islands


Visedo has won the contract to deliver a hybrid electric propulsion system for a new Swedish ice-going passenger ferry.
The hybrid diesel-electric vessel will be capable of carrying 150 passengers through the often icy waters around the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, off the Swedish capital.
Visedo’s hybrid electric system will reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as providing quieter operation and less maintenance costs. The ferry will also feature selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filters to further reduce its environmental impact.
Stockholm County Council engaged Swedish marine consulting firm Saltech for the design and specification of the ferry, which will be built at the Baltic Workboats shipyard in Estonia. The vessel was expected to be completed to enter service with Waxholmsbolaget, the region’s leading ferry operator, in summer 2018.
Visedo will provide full customer support during the vessel’s design phase, as well as a 24-hour service line and a service engineer on standby. The Finnish manufacturer will also deliver technical management during procurement, construction and delivery of the vessel.
Visedo Marine Business Development Manager Philipp Fedorov said:
“Emissions restrictions encourage shipowners to design and order innovative propulsion for new shipbuilding projects. This vessel will be another example of Visedo’s innovative approach to delivering the market’s leading hybrid and fully electric propulsion for the marine industry.
“Visedo’s compact DC grid propulsion system will reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as increasing system redundancy and ensuring safer operation. Battery-ready DC grid electric propulsion also offers significant possibilities for future upgrades and battery installations.”
Source: Visevia 

CORVUS ENERGY TO PROVIDE BATTERY SYSTEMS FOR HYBRID FISHING VESSELS


Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin has selected the lithium ion-based Orca energy storage system for installation on the vessels.
The fishing vessels, which will each be equipped with an energy storage system (ESS) with a capacity of 250 kWh, are slated for delivery in mid-2018.
Halvard Hauso, SVP Business Development of Corvus Energy, commented on the contract award: ‘This project is a good example of how the marine industry is quickly moving towards hybrid power for more cost effective and environmentally friendly operations.’
Lars Eide, head of electric propulsion systems at Elmarin AS, added: ‘In these projects, we had the privilege to work closely with an enthusiastic ship owner who really wanted to make a difference, and together with several other competent partners we designed a complete solution for the vessels that meets all the requirements for this application.
‘The battery system is a very important factor to the whole solution. Thanks to financial support from Enova, the projects will now be realised and we believe they will be a trend setter for this market.’

PBES Norway and Pangea Marine Trade announce Agency Agreement




PBES and Pangea Marine Trade has announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe.
“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.
 
The PBES energy storage system has been designed to high performance and safety standards and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


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PBES and Pangea Marine Trade today announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe. This underscores the on-going green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry.

“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.

“We are pleased to announce the agreement with PBES,” stated Mete Özalp, Managing Director, Pangea. “Much of the future of shipping will be based on hybrid and electric propulsion. After we evaluated the industry option; as well as the sustainable movement around the globe, the advantages of PBES liquid cooling were clear, and the company’s service driven values fit well with our own.


The PBES energy storage system has been designed to the highest standards of performance and safety and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


Source: PBES & marinelink

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry
Wärtsilä has won a contract from Norway’s Hav Shipping AS to design the first hybrid-powered processing and transportation vessel for use in the fish farming industry.
According to Wärtsilä, a new, hybrid battery configuration will minimise exhaust emissions from the vessel by absorbing most of the engine’s load fluctuations and vessel load variations. The batteries also power the onboard hybrid propulsion machinery’s PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off).
A representative from Wärtsilä told Riviera Maritime Media that the hybrid operation is expected to result in fuel savings of 10-15% and reduced costs in engine maintenance.
“The batteries installed assist the diesel engine with variable loads coming from both sea conditions and onboard power needs, allowing the diesel engines to run on a stable load.”
“The propeller will be assisted with instant torque from the PTI/PTO, to optimise performance. The auxiliary engines will have fewer running hours, as well, due to the batteries’ ability to assist with short-term, additional power needs.”
According to the Wärtsilä representative, the hybrid system functions automatically, once the operation mode and desired speed is chosen from the bridge, calculating the best combination of power generation for propulsion and onboard power requirements.
The innovative setup includes a propulsion remote control system and an electrical and automation system, with a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine and two nine-cylinder auxiliary engines serving as the main power sources onboard the craft. Wärtsilä is also contracted to deliver a two-speed gearbox and a controllable pitch propeller including the HP propeller nozzle, stern tube seals and bearings.
In 2015, Guinness World Records recognised the Wärtsilä 31 engine as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and the two-speed gearbox enables lower propeller speeds and optimises propulsion efficiency during transit while still using the main engine to power the shaft alternator. The company points to these as factors in lowering fuel costs, both for propulsion and the production of electrical power.
In a statement, Wärtsilä ship design vice president Riku-Pekka Hägg said “The fish farming industry, like other marine industry sectors, is seeking better ship designs and greater efficiencies that reduce overall operating costs and lessen the environmental impact.”
Wärtsilä will provide initial, basic and detailed versions of the design on the bespoke project whose parameters were developed in consultation with Hav Shipping AS. The vessel will be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain and is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018.
Hav Shipping AS is co-owned by Haugland Gruppen and Sekkingstad. Both parent companies are involved in the Norwegian fish farming industry. Haugland Gruppen owns fish farms and Sekkingstad owns fish processing plants.
Once delivered, the hybrid-propulsion vessel will bring fish from Haugland Gruppen’s fish farms in Norway to Sekkingstad’s planned factory in Denmark. The vessel also has the capacity to transport from other fish farms, according to Wärtsilä.