Glosten Completes Design of New Passenger Vessel for Kitsap Transit

Glosten announces the completion of a passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington.




SEATTLE, WA, June 26, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, announces the completion of a 150-passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington.
"Glosten has designed a modern and efficient passenger vessel that will meet the demands of our riders," said Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson. "As a public agency, at the end of the day, it's all about the people. We are confident that this new addition to our fleet will serve the people of the Puget Sound region for many years to come."
The Glosten team worked closely with Kitsap Transit to create a ferry customized for Sinclair Inlet, but flexible enough to meet future needs. Passenger comforts were of particular importance to this design and include a variety of passenger spaces with lots of natural light, a unique ADA-accessible bow, and a spacious passenger cabin and sun deck.
This vessel features an efficient aluminum catamaran hull, ADA access throughout the main deck, and two BAE HybriDrive propulsion systems driving fixed pitch propellers.
Glosten Project Manager and Design Lead William Moon, PE commented on the propulsion system of the 70' vessel. "Outfitted with a battery-diesel hybrid propulsion system, the vessel will operate like a Prius - no more diesel exhaust and noise while passengers load and unload."
This new hybrid electric passenger ferry is the first in Puget Sound, and will be constructed at Bellingham-based All American Marine. It is expected to carry over 350,000 passengers annually.
Glosten, a Seattle-based engineering consultancy founded in 1958, is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients' challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten expertise includes Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Detail/Production Design. Glosten is the parent company to Noise Control Engineering, LLC, a premier acoustical and structural engineering consultancy specializing in noise and vibration measurement and control for marine, industrial, commercial, and military applications.
Kitsap Transit, a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority owned by the citizens of Kitsap County, provides public transportation services by way of vanpool, routed bus, and foot ferry. Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated, and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of its residents.

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Rolls-Royce to supply engines for giant Color Line hybrid

160 m ferry will carry 2,000 passengers, 500 cars

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry will have four Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L diesel engines.
Designed by Fosen Yard , the ferry is on order for Norway's Color Line at Ulstein Verft. When delivered by the shipbuilder in the summer of 2019, it will operate on the crossing between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden.
The new Color Line ferry will be a plug-in hybrid combining diesel and electrical power. The batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from Color Line’s own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators. The 160-m long vessel will have a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.
The four engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. The contract with Rolls-Royce incudes an option to provide engines for a second vessel.
Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, VP Engines – Marine, said: “The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proven its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative new building projects. Our Bergen engines have now been sold to nine vessels in this particular segment over the past year. It is a track record which demonstrates a highly attractive and competitive engine range.”
The Bergen B33:45 In-line diesel engine from Rolls-Royce was first introduced at SMM, Hamburg, in September 2014. Available with six, eight or nine cylinders, close to sixty engines have been sold to date. Orders have been received for various vessel types from all over the world including Norway, U.K, Spain, Canada, China, Singapore and New Zealand.
Last month, Rolls-Royce also launched a new a vee-line version of the engine to address a bigger portion of the marine and land market.

Corvus Energy Wins Top Industry Awards for Third Consecutive Year

The awards were presented to Willie Wagen, Corvus Energy Global VP of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director of Europe (photo: Corvus)

Corvus Energy has been awarded both “Supplier of the Year” and “Innovation of the Year” at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards being held at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo. This is the third consecutive year that Corvus has received the Supplier of the Year award and a first time win for Innovation of the Year. The award recipients are decided up on by a panel of highly regarded industry experts.
“Battery technology is at the heart of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Corvus is a true leader in this area and its growth and achievements in 2016 serve as a reminder of how important this company continues to be,” says awards panel judge Martyn Lasek, editor, Ship & Bunker.
The awards were presented to Willie Wagen, Corvus Energy Global VP of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director of Europe, on the final day of another very successful Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo taking place in Amsterdam. “The team at Corvus is very pleased to have been selected once again as Supplier of the Year and extremely proud to have also been awarded Innovation of the Year for the industry leading Orca ESS”, says Wagen. Adding, “over a year ago Corvus set out to design and develop the world’s best energy storage system. The result of that was Orca ESS, the safest, highest performing, and most cost effective ESS for all-electric and hybrid applications. Orca ESS is accelerating the transition to electrification for many operators and ship owners. No other firm understands this technology and industry better than Corvus and we have the greatest number of installations & upcoming projects to prove it.”
Further recognition from awards judges: “Corvus’ exceptional growth and high spending on R&D merit recognition for a third consecutive year as the company’s innovative solutions, and especially the Orca ESS, gain rapid acceptance among customers” – Jack O’Connell, senior editor, The Maritime Executive.
Following the successful launch of Orca ESS at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo one year ago, Corvus has won over 2 dozen new projects totalling over 15MWh that will utilise Orca ESS. In total, Corvus Energy has deployed 80+ installations with over 43MWh installed and exceeding 1 million operating hours. Corvus has unsurpassed experience and knowledge that enables revolutionary innovation.
“Corvus has shown again why it is at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing maritime sectors. An impressive performance that bodes well for the future for the company,” concludes Rich Miller, managing editor, Professional Mariner and American Ship Review.

VISEDO TO COMBINE FORCES WITH VETH PROPULSION



The Finnish manufacturer says it is set to deliver ‘breakthrough electrification of new marine applications’ after signing a partnership deal with the global marine propulsion innovator.
Visedo announced the partnership agreement with Veth Propulsion at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, currently being held in Amsterdam. Under the agreement, Visedo will produce electric-powered thrusters featuring its permanent magnet (PM) motor technology. The two companies have co-developed the Integrated L-Drive, a highly compact, high-efficiency electric propulsion solution capable of a power range of 300kW to 1,325kW.
Visedo developed an electric solution specifically for the Integrated L-Drive and Veth Propulsion will use Visedo’s technology exclusively for the application. The propulsion system has been already ordered for several projects currently under construction: one vessel designed for serving the aquaculture industry and two yachts.
‘As well as delivering hybrid and electric solutions for primary propulsion solutions of marine vessels, Visedo is now ensuring thruster power can be delivered with zero-emissions and lower fuel costs,’ commented Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma.
‘Visedo’s partnership with leading international marine power provider Veth Propulsion will set a new standard for high-performance thrusters in terms of overall energy delivery and power-to-weight/space efficiency.’
Rauma added: ‘The collaboration made sense after both companies witnessed the growing demand in high-efficiency compact electric propulsion solutions that reduce fuel costs and associated emissions for the marine operator and overall industry.

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017: Winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced today (8 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champions the very best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and is supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.
An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.
The Supplier of the Year award went to Corvus Energy, for the third consecutive year, with 80% of the judges awarding the company full marks. The panel was impressed by Corvus Energy’s business performance over the last 12 months, with the company posting an 87% revenue increase, with 30% of expenses related to R&D. Other major factors contributing to Corvus Energy’s success in this category came from it winning contracts for the supply and sale of 17 new Orca Energy ESS, totaling over 9MW in energy storage, and signing a 10-year agreement to provide service and maintenance for the world’s largest hybrid ferry fleet, operated by Scandlines.
Judges also recognized the impact of its appointment of a new European managing director, Willie Wagen, formally Wärtsilä’s head of market innovation, as well as the success of its expanded Orca Energy ESS production line, which received US$342,000 in non-repayable funding from the National Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its continued development.
And it was to be Corvus’s day as it picked up its second gong at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards by winning the Innovation of the Year category for its Orca Energy ESS. After three sequential years as a nominee in this category, this victory represents Corvus Energy’s fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since the Awards began in 2014.
Compared to Corvus Energy’s previous AT6700 ESS, the price per kWh is reduced by 50% from US$1,300kWh to US$650kWh, and represents a 50% decrease in volume – an Orca Energy ESS module measures 420x163x590mm while the AT6700 ESS module measures 330x378x615mm, making it 11% lighter. Judges rewarded Corvus Energy for achieving an 80% reduction in connection and commissioning times, with the Ocra Energy ESS (125kWh/22 modules) requiring less than two hours compared to the AT6700 ESS (140kWh/21 modules), which required approximately 8 hours.
Next up, the Chief Engineer of the Year award was presented to Tor Øyvin Aa, managing director of Norwegian shipbuilding company Brødrene Aa. Representing the first time an engineer from a shipbuilder has won this award, Tor Øyvin Aa was lauded by the judges for his successful leadership during the development of the Vision of the Fjords diesel-electric sightseeing catamaran, which was delivered to operator The Fjords in July 2016 – just 14 months after Brødrene Aa’s design concept was selected for development.
Despite having no prior experience building hybrid vessels, it was Tor Øyvin Aa who proposed the vessel’s diesel-electric propulsion setup, which allows Vision of the Fjords to be propelled solely by battery power while operating in the UNESCO World Heritage Site section of Norway’s Naeroyfjord and on diesel power when outside of it.
Meanwhile, ABB scooped Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, winning the award for the third time in four years, and its fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since 2014. In the last 12 months the OEM recorded a 3% increase in electrification products revenues, with a base order growth of 2% and a net income of US$724m, up from US$500m the previous year. 2016 also saw ABB launch its new Azipod XL podded electric propulsion unit, and deliver four Azipod propulsion units, totaling 52MW of electric power, from Helsinki to shipyards in South Korea, where they were then fitted to an LNG tanker an arctic oil tanker. Furthermore, the judges were impressed by the company’s sustainable shipping ambitions after it had signed a formal agreement with Wuchang Ship Building Group to develop greener ships in China’s icebreaking and cruise sectors.
Finally, the Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award went to BB Green, an electric commuter ferry delivered in June 2016 to operator Green City Ferries in Stockholm, Sweden. Officially the world’s first all-electric air-supported vessel (ASV), BB Green is powered by a 200kWh lithium titanate oxide energy storage system from Leclanché; two 280kW permanent magnet electric motors from Echandia Marine; and a Volvo Penta IPS pod propulsion system specially configured for an electric driveline.
Developed by SES Europe and built by BJB/Latitude Yachts in Riga, Latvia, the 25-ton vessel is capable of high speed operation for more than 30 minutes with a 14 nautical mile (26km) range. It’s also the world’s fastest ASV, operating at a speed of 30 knots (56km/h). BB Green was developed over a 44-month period and built to a US$3.5m budget funded in part by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. It is co-funded by eight organizations (SSPA, SES Europe, Diab, Lloyd’s Register, Aqualiner, Leclanché, Echandia Marine and BJB/Latitude Yachts). To illustrate its eco-friendly credentials, if BB Green was a diesel-powered vessel, it would use about 4.8 liters of fuel per nautical mile while traveling at 30kts, while a similar vessel with a conventional hull would use 10-11 liters per nautical mile.
Source: Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo via hellenicshippingnews

Damen Galati to build two hybrids for BC Ferries


Hybrid diesel electric may get later conversion to all electric

JUNE 7, 2017  — BC Ferries has awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to build what it calls "two new minor class vessels" that are scheduled to go into service in 2020.
Damen, which will build the vessels at its Galati, Romania. shipyard has entered into an agreement with Point Hope Shipyards of Victoria, BC. to provide technical and warranty support for the new vessels, ensuring repair and maintenance activities will be performed in British Columbia.
The first of the new vessels will be deployed on the Powell River – Texada Island route, replacing the 59-year old North Island Princess, which will be retired from the BC Ferries fleet. The second vessel will replace the Quadra Queen II on the Port McNeill – Alert Bay – Sointula route. The Quadra Queen II will become a relief vessel, allowing for fleet redeployments and the retirement of the 53-year old Howe Sound Queen.
The agreement is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is approximately C$86.5 million CAD.
The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada.
The two minor class vessels will have the capacity to carry at least 44 vehicles and up to 300 passengers and crew. They will have a number of key features that support BC Ferries’ goal to be efficient and environmentally responsible throughout its system.

Highlights include:
A hybrid diesel electric - battery power generation and propulsion system that uses on board electric battery power for operation of the vessel. Electric propulsion is quiet, smooth and efficient compared to traditional diesel propulsion. The design allows for future expansion of the on board battery capacity to permit full electric operation when the shore-side charging capacities are available.
Engines that operate on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, which has lower environmental impact than regular marine diesel oil. The Tier III compliant engines also have low NOx and particulate emissions.
Hull, propeller and thruster design that minimizes underwater radiated noise.
Arrangements to minimize shipboard vibration and airborne noise to improve conditions for communities, passengers and crew.
A fully contained waste water handling system which eliminates discharges to the sea.
BC Ferries says that it issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the design and construction of the vessels to leading shipyards in Canada and around the world in March 2016.
It says in the lead up to this process, it raised awareness of the upcoming tender to Canadian shipyards through such forums as the Canadian Ferry Association, the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries and local and national industry events.
Canadian shipyards were invited to participate in the competitive bidding process.
BC Ferries received responses from 28 national and international shipyards and short-listed 12 shipyards to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, including five Canadian shipyards.
BC Ferries received four compliant RFP responses, however, none of the shortlisted Canadian shipbuilders submitted a bid.


MAN to Acquire 40% Stake in Firm Offering Electric and Hybrid Systems

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MAN) has announced that it is set to acquire a 40 percentparticipation in Canada-based Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), which specialises in power supply, energy management, and drive systems for marine applications.
"The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner in the field of marine propulsion," said Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN.
"AKA's specialised 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."
The investment is said to align with MAN's strategic development programme, Basecamp 3000+, which was launched in 2016.
The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner
Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO, MAN
"As the world's premiere designer and manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, MAN Diesel & Turbo is the perfect partner for us," said Jason Aspin, Managing Director of AKA.
"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."
On Friday, MAN announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with MM-Offshore intended to support ship performance enhancement.







Visedo signs two electrical-equipment deals

Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma

Visedo, a Finnish manufacturer of electric drivetrains for heavy-duty vehicles and vessels, said it formed partnerships with two companies to develop new electrically powered winches and propulsion systems for the marine industry.
At this year’s Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Visedo announced the agreements with Kongsberg Evotec and Veth Propulsion.
As part of the agreement with Kongsberg, Visedo will develop and produce fully integrated electric deck-handling winches to replace traditional hydraulic versions, allowing Kongsberg to offer electric winches with full system integration and control.
Working with Veth Propulsion, Visedo will produce electrically powered thrusters that feature Visedo’s permanent magnet motor technology. The two companies have co-developed the Integrated L-Drive, a compact, high-efficiency electric propulsion unit with power output that ranges from 300kW to 1,325kW. The propulsion system has already been ordered for many projects that are under construction.
“We’re proud to be offering the marine industry more options to fully electrify their on-board equipment and lessen fuel costs and associated emissions,” Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said in a statement. “The revolution to electrify more marine applications rolls on.”
Regarding the partnership with Veth, Rauma said, “As well as delivering hybrid and electric solutions for primary propulsion solutions of marine vessels, Visedo is now ensuring thruster power can be delivered with zero emissions and lower fuel costs. The collaboration made sense after both companies witnessed the growing demand in high-efficiency compact electric propulsion solutions that reduce fuel costs and associated emissions for the marine operator and overall industry.”
“We are happy to work closely with Visedo in getting new innovative solutions into the marine handling market,” said Steinar Aabelvik, general manager of Kongsberg Evotec. “In particular we are very much focused on developing weight- and space-saving solutions that, at the same time, remain competitive.”
Earlier this year Visedo helped launch Asia’s first hybrid electric passenger ferry in Taiwan. Last month, Finland’s first fully electric ferry was launched with a Visedo propulsion system, and the company is developing the propulsion for the first hybrid electric trimarans and the world’s largest electric ferry, The E-Ferry.

Rolls-Royce to supply engines for five LNG electric hybrid ferries

Ferries are being built to Multi Maritime MM125FD LNG design.Multi Maritime

JUNE 1, 2017 — Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply 15 Bergen gas engines to Norwegian Ferry Company, Torghatten Nord AS. They will power five 134 m passenger and car ferries of Multi Maritime MM125FD LNG design.
Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Engines – Marine said: "Since the introduction of our first marine gas engines ten years ago, Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 700 gas engines on land and at sea accumulating over 25 million running hours of operating experience. We have proved that the Bergen lean-burn, pure gas, medium-speed engine range, combined with efficient hull designs, can help customers, like Torghatten Nord, cut their ships' emissions and fuel bills significantly.
The five ferries will all operate at the busy Halhjem-Sandvikvåg route in Western Norway and will be equipped with a gas electric hybrid propulsion system. The battery system will be arranged with capability for fast charging from shore.
All 15 engines are nine cylinder in-line in C26:33L9AG gensets The engine can operate on variable speed to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. The C-gas engine has an operating speed of 1,000 rpm and power of 2,430 kW.
Two of the vessels will be built at the Vard Brevik, shipyard in Norway while the other three will be built at the Tersan Shipyard, Turkey. The vessels are expected to enter service in January 2019.
The Bergen C26:33 series engines reduces total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 20 % compared to a similar diesel engine, even including the effects of methane slip, and are IMO Tier 3 compliant without the need of exhaust after treatment system.
Engine rooms on gas powered vessels also stay much cleaner, saving operators time and money by reducing the frequency of cleaning tasks and the cost of chemicals.
The whole LNG system is designed for safety with double walled stainless steel containment.
Bergen C26:33 series engines are in operation across a range of vessel types including cargo vessels, PSVs and tugs as well as passenger vessels.
Torghatten Nord currently has 33 ferries and 10 express boats in operation in Norway. Four earlier LNG ferries, with Bergen gas engines, were built by Polish shipbuilder Remontowa and have been operating on two routes serving Lofoten.
via Marinelog 

Becker Marine Systems promotes LNG Hybrid Barge for use in Norway

Becker Marine Systems' LNG Hybrid Barge has already been tested at Port of Hamburg (Image: Becker Marine Systems)

Becker Marine Systems aims to offer its LNG Hybrid Barge technology to cruise operators sailing their ships into Norwegian ports and fjords.
The barge, which has already been successfully tested at the Port of Hamburg in Germany, would provide low-emission power to cruise ships in accordance with Norway’s strict environmental legislation.
“We would like to offer the barge technology, which has successfully been operated at the Port of Hamburg in the last three years, in a larger design for use in cruise ships anchored in fjords and are already in discussions about this with Norwegian port and cruise ship operators,” said Dirk Lehmann, managing director of Becker Marine Systems. “The implementation of another barge employing flexible LNG technology has also attracted interest from China and Spain, where cruise ships can be operated year-round.”
Becker Marine Systems will showcase the LNG Hybrid Barge technology at Nor-Shipping, which is taking place in Oslo, Norway from 30 May to 2 June 2017.
The company will also demonstrate its manoeuvring systems and the new COBRA - Compact Battery Rack, which is built from efficient li-ion battery cells and specifically designed for maritime use. It has already received an initial order for the COBRA battery system for a German passenger ship, which will begin operation in mid-July.