LONDON (Reuters) – Developers across the world are for the first time testing the use of hydrogen to power ships as the maritime industry races to find technologies to cut emissions and confidence grows the fuel is safe to use commercially.
Brunswick Corporation announced it has completed a second investment in Sea Machines Robotics, Inc., a Boston-based autonomous technology company that specializes in advanced control technology for workboats and other commercial surface vessels. Details of the investment were not disclosed.
Cox Powertrain is now in serial production with the CXO300, which it markets as a new generation in diesel technology. The U.K.-based company achieved Tier 3 approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June, and in September, U.S. dealers started to receive shipments of the first production units. Florida-based distributor Ring Power has since completed the first installation with a twin setup on an Intrepid 345 Nomad.
Toyota continues its lonely crusade to make the oft-promised hydrogen future happen, this time expanding from trucks, cars, and Popemobiles into more… “liquid” arenas. And by that, I mean: Toyota is developing a hydrogen fuel cell for marine applications.
The retail price? We found a 2020 OXE 300 advertised for $60,822. Compare that to an advertised price of $25,553 for a Yamaha F300. Quite a difference, but Pelosi contends that the OXE will have paid for the difference with fuel savings at the 500-hour point. Given that OXE expects its diesel outboards to offer a life expectancy in the 10,000-hour range, the savings could pile up.
RO/RO will be built as a zero emission vessel, combining a 1,000 kWh battery capacity with a 3 MW PEM (proton exchange membrane) hydrogen fuel cell.
Nautique Boats and Ingenity are giving interested buyers of the new Super Air Nautique GS22E an incredible chance to experience it for themselves. This opportunity will take place at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 28 – November 1, 2020). The FLIBS is set to be one of the very few public marine events that will be happening in 2020, so it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Innovation Fund Denmark, the Danish investment entity, has announced the establishment of a consortium to develop a two-stroke, ammonia-fueled engine for maritime shipping. It aims to specify and demonstrate an entire, marine-propulsion system that will pave the way for the first commercial order for an ammonia-fueled vessel.
The boat – named e-Voyager – is a refit and conversion with design and development by a consortium that includes Plymouth Boat Trips and Voyager Marine, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, Teignbridge Propellers and EVParts UK. Local MP Sheryll Murray oversaw the naming and launching ceremony. The e-Voyager is the first electric boat project from Voyager Marine with the idea that the boat builder and partners will use the experience and knowledge to offer a complete package of design, installation and maintenance of sea going electric vessels.
This weekend, Moi Composites will reveal the world’s first 3-D-printed fiberglass boat at the Genoa Boat Show. MAMBO, which stands for Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat, was crafted from continuous fiber manufacturing technology, which deposits fibers into a thermosetting resin. The end result is a material that is just as strong as traditional fiberglass but much easier to shape, making it more cost-effective.