World’s First Battery-Powered Cruise Ship Sets Sail for the Arctic

By Victoria Klesty OSLO, July 1 (Reuters) - The world's first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday. The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian … [Read more...]

Damen to Build Two LNG-Battery Hybrid Ferries for Seaspan

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has been awarded a contract to build two hybrid LNG/battery-powered roll-on/roll-off ferries for British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries. The vessels will be constructed at Damen's shipyard in Mangalia, Romania with delivery planned for 2021. The 149-meter vessels will be built with 1,034 lane meters and have 209 cubic meter LNG storage onboard, as … [Read more...]

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...]