Niagra Falls Tour Boat Operator Orders Battery-Powered Vessels

Niagra Falls tour boat operator Maid of the Mist has placed an order for the first all-electric, zero-emission vessels to be built in the United States. The two new passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity, lithium-ion battery packs supplied by Swiss technology and power company ABB.  The two new vessels are already under construction at … [Read more...]

Wärtsilä Helps ‘North Sea Giant’ Go Green

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä announced the installation of energy storage systems onboard the offshore construction vessel North Sea Giant which the group says could deliver impressive fuel savings of up to 50 percent. Wärtsilä says the installation of three energy storage systems features, for the first time ever, energy and load sharing capability. The system combines … [Read more...]

Batteries Included: Sweden’s Emissions-Free Ferries Lead the Charge

By Ilze Filks HELSINGOR, Denmark, March 14 (Reuters) - A quiet revolution has taken place in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark where two of the world's largest battery-powered ferries ply the waters after being converted from polluting diesel power. The Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries operated by Sweden's ForSea are over 100 meters long and work the busy 4 km … [Read more...]

Wärtsilä to Convert Short Sea Cargo Ship to Battery Power

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide hybrid battery system in the world's first conversion of a short sea cargo ship to electric power. Wärtsilä said Friday it has signed an agreement with international shipping company Hagland Shipping to convert the 2012-built, conventionally-powered MV Hagland Captain to hybrid battery power, which will allow the … [Read more...]

All-Electric Ships on the Horizon as Rolls Launches New Battery System

By Áine Quinn (Bloomberg) -- Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has begun offering its own battery-powered ship engines in a move that signals the gathering momentum behind a push toward hybrid and ultimately all-electric vessels. While maritime demand for lithium-ion batteries is focused on providing top-up power for traditional diesel and gas-turbine ships, the technology could … [Read more...]