Norway is Forerunner in Innovative Ships Propulsion Technologies

By Peter Pospiech at February 07, 2013 06:22
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel
The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up and has taken a leading role in developing battery-powered ships. The first four hybrid vessels will start to sail in 2013/14. In 2015, they will be followed by the world largest fully electric ferry, which will regularly cross Norway’s largest fjord. Some 120 managers representing the entire maritime cluster were gathered at a DNV seminar last week. “15 years ago, the Norwegian cluster was looking into opportunities for gas-fuelled ships. Today, Norway is the pioneer when it comes to LNG-fuelled ships. Electricity stored in batteries on board ships is another opportunity in the future energy mix and another technology race which has started. We have been running that track for a while already,” says Narve Mjøs, Director of Battery Projects in DNV and in charge of the seminar. “International shipping is facing a tough time with escalating fuel prices, stricter environmental regulations and very low day rates ... [More]

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