Shipping ‘partially on track’ on decarbonisation targets, moving from pilots to production of zero-emission fuels now crucial


The shipping industry is ‘partially on track’ with regard to the progress in technology and supply of scalable zero-emission fuels (SZEF) to achieve the target of a 5 percent share of international shipping fuels by 2030, according to a new joint report produced by UMAS and UN Climate Change High Level Champions.

The findings show significant progress, especially in terms of commitments by industry, national governments, and positive developments at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Currently, there are at least 203 shipping decarbonization pilot and demonstration projects in the pipeline. Internationally, progress has been observed regarding bunkering and safety guideline developments. However, the crucial next step is moving from pilots to the production of zero-emission fuels, investments,

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Modern Wind Power For The 21st Century Shipping Industry



Norsepower’s unusual take on wind power for modern maritime mobility is a far cry from the familiar sight of canvas sails flapping in the breeze. Even the high tech rigid sails of the yacht racing circuit look somewhat sail-like. Nevertheless, there it is. The company has developed a sail that looks like it should be belching smoke instead of deploying wind power.

If you’re wondering how it works, that’s a good question. Norsepower’s pipe-shaped Rotor Sail takes advantage of something called the Magnus effect, which refers to the pressure difference created when an object moves through air.

Design Approval for Norwegian Hydrogen-Fueled ROPAX





The ROPAX is is expected to set new standards in the design for hydrogen-fueled vessels (Torghatten Nord)




A design project underway in Norway that seeks to develop the first hydrogen ferries operating long distances and exposed to the harsh environment in the northern region has received initial design approval. Lloyd’s Register presented the Approval in Principle which is considered to be a major milestone in the effort by Norwegian shipping company Torghatten Nord to introduce the ferries by 2025.

“We are very satisfied with the approval and we are proud to work together with the leading experts on hydrogen as a fuel on ships. Developing hydrogen ferries on such a long and weather-resistant

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new times, new wind



ARCHINAUTE 2019Eleven years after the launch of the project, the prototype of the first Archinaute wind powered boat is under construction at the Brittany South shipyard in Belz. This is a culmination of years of effort for its designer, Charles-Henri Viel, who was looking to present it from June 29 to July 10 at the La Mer XXL show in Nantes in 2018. The boat is 11 meters long, 6 wide and weighs 10 tonnes, built of aluminum. A wind turbine 6 m in diameter will be placed on the boat.

Unthinkable ten years ago, the project finally came to fruition. The transition from idea to design did not happen overnight. In 2014, the first investigations were carried out

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World’s first zero-emission fast ferry delivered






As part of the EU-funded TrAM project, Wärtsilä and partners have delivered a zero-emission fully electric fast ferry that operates on a commuter route in Norway.

This ferry not only serves passengers between Stavanger and Hommersåk without releasing emissions to air or sea, it also demonstrates that fully electric passenger fast ferries are a viable concept with great promise.

The TrAM project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme and facilitated by the Norwegian cluster organisation Maritime Clean Tech, aims to create a zero-emission fast ferry concept through advanced modular production.

It is expected that modular manufacturing methods will reduce production costs by 25% and engineering costs by 70%. The first vessel resulting

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