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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.
"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."

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.
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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.

Third and final Salish Class ferry on its way to B.C. from Poland

Salish Raven will be used on southern Gulf Islands routes starting in the fall | Photo: BC Ferries

Salish Raven, the last of three BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels, is on its way to British Columbia.
Fuelled by natural gas, the ship left shipyards in Gdansk, Poland April 28 for a 10,440-nautical-mile journey that will take 45-55 days, depending on weather.
The journey will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama. The vessel will transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to Victoria.
The Salish Raven is to be put into service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.
The vessel can be tracked during its journey at
“This is a major milestone in our new-build program as Salish Raven, the final vessel in this series, is now making its way to British Columbia,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ chief executive. “With these new vessels, we continue to move towards standardization of our fleet, which offers interoperability and lower crew training and maintenance costs and also enhances safety.”
The first of the Salish Class vessels, Salish Orca, will be introduced into service next month on the Powell River-Comox route.
Salish Eagle, the second of the vessels, will start service on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.
All three Salish Class vessels are 105 metres long and can each carry 145 vehicles and 600 passengers. They cost a total of about $200 million.
The artwork created to adorn Salish Raven was designed by Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell. It will be applied on the ship when it arrives in B.C.

Launch of El Coquí - Revolutionary Ships Take Shape

Crowley Maritime Corp. and VT Halter Marine successfully launch El Coquí, an LNG-powered combination container/Roll on-Roll off ship for the Puerto Rico trade. By making use of clean LNG as their primary fuel, the ships will offer a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions per container as compared to existing fossil fuels. 

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Global marine hybrid propulsion systems market that is expected to reach USD 4,455.88 million by 2022

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

Marine hybrid propulsion systems are particularly helpful to marine vessel operators who are challenged by fluctuating fuel prices and growing environmental restrictions. Fuel charges constitute a significant share of a vessel’s operating expenses. Efficient fuel technologies such as hybrid propulsion systems help reduce the operating expenses and increase profit margins.
The report points out that the low fuel consumption of hybrid marine propulsion systems as compared to conventional propulsion systems has increased the adoption of hybrid marine propulsion systems by shipping companies. Flexible power and design configuration requirements in offshore support vessels and anchor handling systems will also propel the global marine hybrid propulsion market.
However, the report states that the usage of clean fuel in conventional propulsion systems will significantly impact the adoption of hybrid propulsion systems. The global marine hybrid propulsion market has a huge opportunity to grow with the expansion of emission control areas which will augment the demand for marine hybrid propulsion systems. On the basis of configuration, the report segments the global marine hybrid propulsion market into parallel hybrid, diesel-electric, and serial hybrid.
Diesel-electric systems are extensively used and are expected to dominate the market during the forecast horizon. However, serial hybrid and parallel hybrid configurations are estimated to witness significant growth in the near future.
Browse the full Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2022 report at  
Depending on the end use, the report categorizes the global marine hybrid propulsion market into ferries, defense vessels, tugboats and offshore support vessels, and others. Marine hybrid propulsion systems are majorly used by ferry operators in coastal areas and inland waterways, owing to stringent emission norms. Tugboats and offshore support vessels are increasingly adopting marine hybrid propulsion systems to improve fuel efficiency. Luxury yachts and small tourist boats are also emerging as major adopters of marine hybrid propulsion systems.
The report studies the marine hybrid propulsion market in four key regions: Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America. Europe has evolved as a major market for marine hybrid propulsion systems in recent years. Some of the prominent players in the global marine hybrid propulsion market are General Electric, Siemens AG, Imtech Marine, Caterpillar Inc., and BAE Systems.
The global market for marine hybrid propulsion systems has been segmented as follows:
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Configuration Analysis
  • Diesel-electric
  • Parallel
  • Serial
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: End-use Analysis
  • Tugboats & OSVs
  • Ferries
  • Defense Vessels
  • Others
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • U.S.
  • Rest of North America
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • U.K.
  • Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • Singapore
Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South & Central America
  • Middle East
  • Africa

LaNaval launches CNG hybrid ferry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Configuration Analysis

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: End-use Analysis
Tugboats & OSVs
Defense Vessels
Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market: Regional Analysis
North America
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
South & Central America
Middle East
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Blue Gas Marine, Inc. Expands Authorized Dealers and Natural Gas Fueling Stations

Blue Gas Marine, Inc., is expanding its network of authorized dealers and natural gas fueling station locations to ensure the Blue Gas Marine natural gas hybrid fuel system is readily available where it is in demand. Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is the emerging green-energy corporation dedicated to make natural gas available for boats, as a clean and affordable fuel. The Company, headquartered in Apex, North Carolina, makes natural gas hybrid fuel-systems for existing gasoline and diesel engines and also makes the fuel available where boaters need it. The onboard fuel system is designed to be installed on existing outboard/inboard engines and uses natural gas in the compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) forms. The system is an add-on that enables any boat to use natural gas without disruption to its existing fuel system, thereby cutting the cost of fuel and turning the boat cleaner and greener. The company markets its hybrid fuel-systems and natural gas fuel to frequent boat operators such as commercial fishermen, charter boats, ferries, tugs, large ships, the military and recreational users.

Dealers can see the natural gas fuel system first hand at the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show March 26-29, at the Intrepid Powerboat slip 7 Ramps 761-764. The full system is installed on the Intrepid Powerboat 327CC. The Blue Gas Marine team will be on hand to talk in detail about the system and provide more information for Dealers.

Miguel Guerreiro, company President and CEO, said, "We have a growing demand for our natural gas fuel system so now we are looking to expand our network of authorized dealerships and fueling station locations. We partner with marinas and marine service centers, who we train and certify, to perform the installations of our natural gas systems. Many of these locations also serve as fueling stations on the water and near water for dry stacks as well. This is really a great opportunity for marinas and marine service centers to grow right along with us, and we are excited about that." 

Blue Gas Marine's ideal partners are marinas with boats stored on site wet/dry and marine service centers with the ability to perform installations, which Blue Gas Marine, Inc. trains and certifies. Each authorized dealer will have a demo boat running on the natural gas fuel system, be trained and certified by Blue Gas Marine, Inc., have the ability to dispense the fuel on the water via one of the fueling solutions and be warranty servicers for one or more engine brands. The Company is looking to expand operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and California specifically, and across the US in general. To be an authorized dealer, a Marina or Marine Service Center can contact Blue Gas Marine at 

Blue Gas Marine, Inc. has multiple fueling options for partners to consider including: on-site fixed fuel station with piped natural gas provided by the utility company or mobile fuel stations to dispense fuel at that location. Dealers can continue to do installations without a filling station on-site as some locations are already served by public CNG stations and private CNG stations that share their facility with Blue Gas Marine customers. Also the Company makes available a fill-at-home Natural Gas dispenser. With so many different types of fueling options and locations, Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is making it easier for boaters to adopt Natural Gas as a marine fuel and open the market for dealers to prosper.

Most boat installations can be completed within 8-20 hours depending on the configuration of the installation for the Blue Gas Marine natural gas system and some require fiberglass work. Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is currently offering the new system to gasoline boats with planned expansion to diesel boats. Also, there are federal and state incentives in the form of quarterly rebates, tax credits, and reimbursements that allow for both fueling infrastructure and on-board fuel system installations to recoup a significant portion of the initial cost.

About Blue Gas Marine, Inc.
Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is committed to assist all authorized dealers with marketing, media attention, sales events on site, in their area and at boat shows, along with directing customers from their area to them for the installations. 

Operating on natural gas cuts the fuel expenses by more than 50%, while also extending the life of engines. In most states, boaters will be able to take advantage of the Natural Gas available to fuel up at $1.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent. The flexibility offered by operating a Blue Gas Marine hybrid fuel system, that switches between fuels instantly and on-demand, reduces the risk of making the change, as the boats remain operational, even when taken to areas where natural gas supply is initially not available. The fuel savings cover the cost of the fuel system in under one year, for most frequent boaters. The addition of a Blue Gas Marine hybrid fuel system increases safety and security for boaters, if the original fuel system fails the natural gas fuel system can see the boater to safety alleviating the need for towing.

Blue Gas Marine is taking orders for the new hybrid and dedicated fuel systems and expanding throughout 2015. Interested dealers, customers and investors can learn more at, and through its">Facebook and Linked-In pages.

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LNG Hybrid Barge completes technical trials

MARCH 12, 2015 — Hamburg, Germany, headquartered Becker Marine Systems reports that its LNG Hybrid Barge, the Hummel, has successfully completed its program of technical trials.'
The barge will serve an LNG fueled floating power station delivering power to cruise ships in the Port of Hamburg, allowing them to switch off the their oil burning auxiliary engines during port calls. Becker says the trials have been completed "right in time for the beginning of the cruise ship season" and the commissioning of the barge for low-emission power supply to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg can thus start in May 2015.
"The operation of all five of the Hummel's generator sets recently took place as part of class acceptance," said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, the joint Managing Directors of Becker Marine Systems.
In collaboration with classification society Bureau Veritas, the overall LNG Hybrid Barge system was tested and a variety of large load impacts and load spikes were simulated. The overall load transfer of 0 to 7.5 megawatts of power was achieved well below the time of two minutes set by the classification society.
"In addition, the trial generation of power for a large Hamburg-based company was already successfully tested in December 2014," said Lehmann and Kuhlmann.
"The overall LNG Hybrid Barge system with gas motors is an impressive technical achievement. The trials were also a milestone for classification," said Hans J. Gätjens, Vice President Marine at Bureau Veritas, responsible for the Central Europe region. "There is thus nothing standing in the way of the LNG Hybrid Barge's first planned supply of power to cruise ships over the course of May."