The concept of multiple inputs for tugboat power continues to evolveAnytime there’s a legit, suitably notable “first-in-the- world” introduction, it’s usually a big deal. Such it was on a rainy day in 2009 when Foss Maritime unveiled the world’s first hybrid tug, the Carolyn Dorothy. Maybe 300 guests heard speakers from Foss and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach tout the new environmental credibility of the tug, which was the point of the ports’ $1.3 million grant money that helped build it.
Silent-Yachts Acquires Italian YardSolar-electric power cat builder Silent-Yachts has purchased a new-build shipyard on the Adriatic Sea in Fano, Italy, according to a statement. The 236,806-square-foot facility will employ approximately 250 people and will serve as the build site for the company’s Silent 60 and Silent 80 models, as well as its soon-to-launch Silent-Tender range. “Our acquisition of the facility in Fano is a great opportunity for the city and for the nautical sector in the area,” CEO Michael Köhler said in the statement. “In 2022 we will employ approximately 250 people, both directly and indirectly, and we have expansion plans already under discussion to increase the production capacity of our sites and acquire new ones.”
Taiga begins deliveries of Orca electric PWCTaiga Motors Corporation, an electric off-road vehicle manufacturer, announced it initiated deliveries of its Orca personal watercraft. Taiga’s 2022 Orca marks its world’s first electric personal watercraft sale, as the company continues to ramp up production, furthering its legacy of being a pioneer in the electric powersports industry.
Cleaner boating fuels: 5 diesel alternatives that could outperform batteries
Electric boats might be grabbing the headlines but, with diesel-powered craft still dominant, isn’t it time we looked at greener fuel alternatives? While there’s understandable excitement surrounding the new generation of electric boats from the likes of X Shore, Candela and Delphia, the truth is that battery power won’t be replacing the internal combustion engine in larger planing craft any time soon.
North Star Orders Daughter Craft Duo from Alicat for Dogger Bank Wind Farm OpsUK-based offshore vessel operator North Star has awarded a £2 million contract to Great Yarmouth firm Alicat Workboats to build two new Chartwell designed daughter craft. The vessels will be added to North Star's new renewables fleet which is bound for the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, located off the North East coast of England, from next year.
Vision Marine achieves third party validations for its revolutionary E-Motion 180E fully electric powertrain system
The E-Motion™ achieves great success through real world training
These sea trials were the first in which the E-Motion™ powered a boat that endured rigorous, relentless, real world open water testing, and the results were astounding. Limestone stated the E-Motion™ propulsion system “Met the company’s demands and then some. It provides all of the benefits of an EV boating experience, without compromising the performance expectations of an internal combustion engine, while maintaining the ride characteristics for which Limestone’s Aquasport is renowned.”