Cruise ferry Viking Grace install turbosail for hybrid usage of wind power

Viking Grace

The cruise ferry Viking Grace, which was built in 2013 specifically for the route Stockholm (Sweden) – Turku (Finland), is the world’s first hybrid passenger vessel and will use wind energy along with the main power plant. The Finnish ferry operator Viking Line will be the first to introduce the technology on their cruise and ferry ships, said the shipping company. On board of the cruise ferry will be installed cylinder with height of 24.00 m and a width of 4.00 m. During sail, the cylinder rotates around its axis, creating phenomenon in which the air flow around the rotating body and creates additional power.

The new technology is called Rotor Sail Solution and developed by the Finnish company Norsepower, which is one of the leaders in the introduction of renewable energy sources in the marine industry. Into the ferry will be used turbosail, which is also called rotary sail, is the first such propulsion developed and patented a German engineer Anton Flettner in 1922. It spawned a class of rotary vessels using as a propulsion device characteristic. However, the introduction of large-scale development in maritime transport it came only at the turn of XX-XXI centuries.
The development of Norsepower is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor and quite compact. The operation of the propulsion unit is a physical phenomenon in which the air flow around the rotating body, creates an additional force. This effect allows the ship to move with much more momentum, as using the classic bulky sails. This phenomenon is called the Magnus effect, which will be used by cruise ferry Viking Grace and opens new age for maritime transport.
Preliminary studies promise a significant reduction in fuel consumption and therefore emissions. Viking Grace uses as fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG). Its consumption when using the installation Rotor Sail Solution will be reduced by 300 tons per year. Thus, the most environmentally friendly ship in the region will become even more green. The combination in one vessel engines to LNG, electric drive propellers, a special form of the body and the rotor sails – not found anywhere else in the world, makes Viking Grace one of the most environmental vessels in the world.
The technology has already proved its commercial viability of the operation on cargo ships. Preparing to implement the system on Viking Grace begun and will be completed in 2018 with the installation of turbosail. It is fully automatic and starts when the wind load is sufficient to be effective. If the system is not needed, it requires absolutely no additional cost.
“This is the first use of wind power for such a large cruise ship as the Viking Grace. As an engineering company based in Finland, we are proud to work with a large and well-known shipping concern. Together we go to a new era, where the use of an auxiliary wind power will be an important part of maritime transport”, said the CEO of Norsepower, Tuomas Riski.
The Rotor Sail Solution from Norsepower was named “Innovation of the Year” in 2016 at the exhibition Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam. Today it is one of the most promising developments in the field of renewable energy sources in maritime transport. Independent studies show that technology can save up to 20% of fuel per year, depending on weather conditions.

Color Line inks LOI for large plug-in hybrid

160 m ferry will carry 2,000 passengers, 500 cars160 m ferry will carry 2,000 passengers, 500 cars
JANUARY 25, 2017 — Norway's Color Line and Ulstein Verft have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of the largest plug-in hybrid vessel in the world.
Designed by Fosen Yard, it will be 160 m long and have a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars. The ship will provide significantly increased capacity on the Sandefjord-Strömstad route between Norway and Sweden.
The vessel is planned to enter service in summer 2019.
The plug-in hybrid vessel's batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators. It will operate fully on battery power into and out of the environmentally sensitive fjord to Sandefjord.
"This is an important milestone for us, and we are very pleased that we have been chosen as partner in this very exciting project. We are looking forward to the further cooperation with Color Line," says Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein.
The vessel, with the working title Color Hybrid, will have almost double the capacity of the M/S Bohus, which will be phased out when the new ferry enters operation.
"The signing of the LOI represents a significant step to realize the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship. It is very gratifying that the Norwegian shipbuilding industry has proven its competitiveness internationally," says Color Line CEO Trond Kleivdal .
Color Line has installed shore power facilities in Oslo, Larvik and Kristiansand. When shore power is installed in Sandefjord, all Color Line Norwegian ports will have shore power facilities.
Color Line is currently the only company in the international passenger and freight traffic to and from Norway with ships registered in the Norwegian Ship Register and with Norwegian headquarters.
"The focus on a new vessel with new green technology happens partly because the company, through the Government's maritime strategy, has received approximately identical conditions as their competitors in the Nordic region," says Trond Kleivdal.

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market- Positive Long-Term Growth Outlook 2022

The global market for marine hybrid propulsion is expected to possess a medium degree of competition till 2022. There exist a number of small-scale manufacturers that operate in key regional markets, along with players such as BAE Systems Plc., Caterpillar Inc., and Aspin Kemp & Associates that operate on a global front.
These key players are able to provide products and services across a large regional span and show a consolidated effort towards development of marine hybrid propulsion technologies.
According to a publication by Transparency Market Research, the threat of new entrants is expected to go down over time, owing to the presence of patented technology and the high level of brand loyalty that consumers show towards the prominent names in the market.
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The global market for marine hybrid propulsion has been expanding at a CAGR of 8.02% in revenue from 2014 to 2022. This revenue is expected to reach US$2.77 bn by the end of 2016 and US$4.45 bn by the end of 2022.
Diesel-electric marine hybrid propulsion systems are expected to continue being the leading segment in terms of system configuration, albeit a small drop in market value from the past. By the end of 2022, US$2.24 bn in revenue is expected to be generated from the demand for marine hybrid propulsion systems.
Europe to Continue Leading Marine Hybrid Propulsion Demand
Europe and North America have respectively been the top consumers of marine hybrid propulsion systems in the recent past and are expected to remain at their top two positions till 2022.
Although Europe is expected to continue holding the leading positions, it may lose share to North America over the coming years. This does not imply a reduction in demand in Europe, but rather an increase in investments made by APAC and North America in marine hybrid propulsion. By the end of 2022, Europe is expected to take up 31.42% of the market value for marine hybrid propulsion systems.
Growing Need to Improve Fuel Efficiency Pushes Demand for Marine Hybrid Propulsion
“The cost of fuel is one of the larger chunks of any vessel operator’s bill. Add to that the volatility in fuel prices, operators are compelled to look for options that can help them reduce fuel consumption as much as possible,” states a TMR analyst. This implies the use of marine hybrid propulsion systems to make the best of the given power input.
The pressure on vessel operators to cut down their emissions is also very high in developed economies from North America and Europe. Regulatory norms are getting more and more stringent and emission norms in all fields have to be followed. The ECAs imposed by the IMO in 2015, for instance, reduced the maximum emission of sulfur from the previous 0.5% to 0.1%. Using marine hybrid propulsion technology is one of the best ways for most small and medium scale vessel operators to follow these norms.
Usage of Clean Fuels in Conventional Propulsion Systems to Pose High Threat to Marine Hybrid Propulsion
While advancements in the marine hybrid propulsion technologies are certainly paving the way for their increased implementation, similar advancements are being made in the adoption of clean fuels. Modern clean fuels are designed so that they can be used in conventional marine propulsion systems. This provides vessel operators an extremely cheap option over the installation of marine hybrid propulsion systems.
The threat of clean fuels in conventional propulsion systems on marine hybrid propulsion is expected to increase over time.
“There is still a large opportunity for marine hybrid propulsion companies through the new ECA declarations. ECAs are currently implemented in North American waters and are expected to be put into action across the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea of Japan, the Turkish Straits, and the Strait of Malacca over the coming years. The stringency of ECAs will most likely push vessel operators towards investing in marine hybrid propulsion systems,” adds the analyst.
The information presented in this review is based on a Transparency Market Research report, titled, “Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 – 2022.”
Key Takeaways:
Europe is expected to accrue US$1.40 bn in marine hybrid propulsion systems by 2022, leading their regional demand.
Diesel-electric marine hybrid propulsion systems expected to generate US$2.24 bn globally by 2022.
US$1.72 bn expected to be generated by marine hybrid propulsion system providers through demand from ferries by 2022.
Key segments of the Global Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market
Global Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market, by Configuration
Parallel Hybrid
Serial Hybrid
Global Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market, by End-users
Tugboats and OSVs
Defense Vessels
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Seaspan's Hybrid LNG Ferry Classed by BV

Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Bureau Veritas congratulates owners Seaspan as their new emission reducing ferry enters service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. 

Seaspan Swift is Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) new dual-fuelled / hybrid - diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery powered ferry. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America.

Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be constructed at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey. Following a 10,661 nautical mile delivery voyage to the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, Vancouver, Seaspan Swift underwent pre-operation regulatory checks and crew training in December. A sister vessel, Seaspan Reliant – also classed by Bureau Veritas (4BV.F), will also arrive on the West Coast early in 2017. 

Steve Roth, Vice President Seaspan Ferries commenting said, ‘We are happy to be working with Bureau Veritas on this technical LNG / Hybrid project. Their partnership with Seaspan Ferries has helped make the design, approval, production and delivery of the vessels a success.’

Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas offered his congratulations. ‘We know how pleased Seaspan are and we share their excitement seeing this ship now in service. We are now looking forward to helping Seaspan ensure that this new low emission ferry works efficiently and safely for many years to come.’   

Bureau Veritas now holds a leading share of LNG as fuel related marine projects – across a range of specialized ship types, including the growing LNG bunkering vessel sector. Philippe Donche-Gay: ‘Our practical approach and expertise helps de-risk projects and provides the required guidance and framework for decision making.’ 

Electric Boat Market To Reach $20 Billion By 2027, According To New Study

Who doesn’t enjoy zipping around the bay or the lake in a peppy little bowrider or a spacious party barge? But in addition to the maintenance costs, the environmental cost of boats powered by fossil fuels can be significant — not just the emissions, but the inevitable run-off of gas and oil that tends to happen over time with marine ICEs. If a new report by analyst firm IDTechX is on track, our choices for fully electric watercraft — or electric retrofits and outboard motors for existing boats — may be expanding significantly over the next decade.
According to the new report, “Electric Boats and Ships 2017–2027,” the market for non-military electric watercraft and marine motors will balloon to over $20 billion worldwide by 2027. The report states that there are already over 100 manufacturers of electric boats, ships and motors, with the largest growing segment in terms of unit volume being recreational boats, followed by underwater leisure craft and then by autonomous underwater vehicles. Who knew there was such high interest in self-driving personal submarines?
IDTechX analysts say that on-water commercial marine vehicles is currently the largest opportunity for EVs and hybrids in terms of gross sales. As more legislation and regulations limiting pollution from fossil fuels go into effect worldwide, it’s expected that modern hybrid and pure electric cargo ships will become more economically attractive than their ICE counterparts. And with local bans against ICE craft on waterways becoming more common all around the world, the recreational marine EV market is also expected to grow quickly.
The report also reminds us that hybrid and pure electric marine vessels are nothing new. Electric-powered marine vehicles have been around for well over 100 years. The electric boat Lady Lena dates back all the way to 1890 and is still in operation in the United Kingdom as a fully electric charter vessel. Today, sales of EV and hybrid watercraft are still extremely low, with only about 1% to 2% of the addressable market, but this is expected to grow quickly over the next ten years.
Pure electric boats (electric motor powered by one or more battery packs) are seen as being best suited to small and medium craft. Hybrid “electric drive” systems, which use some type of fuel to generate electricity for the propulsion systems, are seen as being best-suited for larger, long range craft.
Beyond sales of new electric boats, the analysts say there is already a substantial and growing business in the retrofit of ferries and other ships with pure electric or hybrid electric power trains. With the popularity of outboard motors on pontoon boats, ski-boats, fishing boats, and other recreational craft, the report states that there is the “potential to sell hundreds of thousands of pure electric outboard motors yearly as they become more affordable and more energy harvesting is provided on the craft to charge the batteries, improving range.” As with EV automobiles, the long-term cost of ownership and maintenance of marine EVs is expected to plummet due to cheap electricity, energy harvesting, lower battery costs, and improved reliability. The report details the many new forms of energy harvesting which can help stretch out those kilowatt-hours (and range).

Companies like Apex Marine, who make this solar-powered electric pontoon boat, should benefit from increased interest in electric-powered boats.
The report details many of the advantages of marine EVs over traditional ICE boats, including:
  • More opportunities for autonomous navigation
  • Silent, unobtrusive wildlife tours due to quiet operation
  • Better acceleration for ski boats and speed boats due to instant torque electric drive train
  • Military benefits: little or no heat or sound signature attracting unwanted attention (and missiles)
  • Energy independence by harvesting sun, waves, tide, and wind
  • Lower up-front cost for small vessels and potentially lowest cost of ownership for vessels of all sizes
  • Environmental advantages: reducing deaths & sickness of humans and wildlife from local air and water pollution.
One of the key factors that the report says will drive adoption is improvements in battery performance and reliability as well as lower battery costs. Tesla’s Gigafactory (and the like) and ongoing improvements in energy density should help drive battery costs as well as overall battery weight down significantly over time.
This comprehensive report is not inexpensive — over $4,500. It’s intended primarily for institutional investors, manufacturers and legislators. But you can read more about it on the IDTechX web site