This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers if they are instituting new business practices to address sustainability and environmental protection. The survey inquires about clean energy, recycling, waste management, screening for invasive species and other enhancements. Launched by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Baird Research, the survey monitors monthly retail conditions. It includes the Marine Retail Sentiment Index, which tracks retailer confidence.
A hydrogen-based energy system for ship applications developed in the FreeCO2ast project by the HAV Group has been granted preliminary approval by the Norwegian Maritime Authority. HAV views the approval as a major step toward the commercial use of hydrogen fuel by commercial vessels. The Norwegian Maritime Authority issued a statement of preliminary assessment which confirmed the alternative design is considered feasible and sound in accordance with alternative design guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1455) set out by the International Maritime Organization. The project can now move into the final design phase and will subsequently be offered at a commercial level to the global maritime market.
OTTAWA — Inter-Op Canada Inc. is a NextGeneration Tactical Communications Integrator and Solutions Provider. In partnership with Australia-based “The Whiskey Project”, they present another evolution in specialized delivery with a fully integrated, sensor to operator, Multi-Mission, Reconnaissance Craft (MMRC) designed to meet Canadian Defence and Security market needs and implement a “Sense First, See First, and Strike First” capability.
PowerUP Energy Technologies, an Estonian start-up that develops and manufactures hydrogen fuel cell-based smart electric generators and smart grid solutions, has chosen Belship to distribute its products in the Netherlands. Belship has been supplying quality marine equipment to the nautical sector for over 50 years. The company offers a wide range of products, supplying to builders of yachts and superyachts, technical installers, commercial shipbuilding, retailers and chandleries.
Fpt Industrial and Landi Renzo have decided to share part of the path of energy transition. According to the CNH Industrial brand, “FPT Industrial and Landi Renzo Group, a leading company in the design, production and distribution of Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas and Hydrogen components and systems, have signed two Memoranda of Understanding aimed at exploring the possibility of collaborating on Clean Fuel projects. The Memoranda are focused on the possible development of Natural Gas and hydrogen technology respectively.
For over two years, the U.S. and most of the rest of the world has been affected by Covid, which at times has pulled many people into a morass of pessimism, frustration, anger, and a general feeling of hopelessness. During such times, you don’t expect to find much innovation and creativity.
Not so for MAN, MTU, and Cummins, the three engine manufacturers featured in this issue’s diesel story. Each is working with new ideas to improve the life of the vessel operator, as well as the environment we all live in.
A new Volvo Penta hybrid solution on a Marell Boats M15 vessel has completed its first sea trials.
Ahead of going into operation with Hurtigruten Svalbard for sightseeing, the vessel, named the Kvitbjørn (Polar Bear), underwent testing by Volvo Penta engineers and project team leads at the company’s marine test facility in Krossholmen, Gothenburg. The site was used to replicate the icy conditions in which the vessel will operate in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
Fuel cells could be harnessed to provide electric propulsion for large yachts, or generators to serve power-hungry hotel loads. Blue World Technologies has received a €7.5 million ‘green’ loan from the Danish government to make the final move to full series production of a new generation of methanol fuel cells. The company has spent the last few years developing large scale manufacturing processes to provide OEMs with an alternative to the internal combustion engine. The fuel cells could be harnessed to provide electric propulsion for large yachts, or generators to serve power-hungry hotel loads such as air conditioning.
Several years ago, I had an opportunity to spend a fair amount of time in Starnberg, Germany, in the company of Christoph Ballin, one of the two innovative guys who in 2004 founded Torqeedo, arguably the most recognizable brand name in electric marine propulsion today. Ballin was conducting a tour of the Torqeedo production facility, a rather techy place he was justifiably proud of.