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]
Because of the more and more stringent exhaust emission legislations, taking place in more and more countries of the world, LNG is on everyone’s lips. New propulsion technics for new shipbuilding include also gas engines and / or dual-fuel engines. But so far results of existing LNG-driven ships have not been announced. Read in the following the documented operation results of the world’s first gas driven supply vessel VIKING ENERGY.Delivered in 2003, the VS 4403 PSV VIKING ENERGY, designed by Wärtsilä ship Design and built by Kleven Verft AS in Norway, was the world's first LNG-powered supply vessel as a response to industry demands for minimising harmful exhaust gas emissions. The vessel has a diesel-electric propulsion plant with four Wärtsilä 6L32DF dual-fuel engines.The owner, Eidesvik Shipping AS, is a Norwegian consolidated group of companies managing a worldwide fleet of purpose-built vessels and providing services for, among other things, the of... [More]