Sustainability News

Monaco electric boat earns prestigious environment solution label

Congratulations to Monaco electric boat company Lanéva for earning the ‘Efficient Solutions’ label of the Solar Impulse Foundation for their elegant, high performance dayboat. The Foundation is the creation of Bertrand Piccard, the man who co-led the team that completed the first solar powered flight around the world in 2017. He started the Efficient Solutions designation as a way to guide people to the best new ecologically oriented products and services and ‘boost the adoption of profitable solutions that protect the environment‘.

Ro-pax vessels achieve savings with FuelOpt propulsion automation

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) — Ro-pax operators Color Line and Bohai Ferry have confirmed that fuel savings achieved through the use of Lean Marine’s FuelOpt propulsion automation system have exceeded expectations. FuelOpt achieves real-time fuel savings by controlling vessel propulsion and making sure that propulsive power is optimized automatically based on the set commands on power, speed, fuel consumption or a combination thereof. This removes costly variations in speed and power caused by human operational factors, allowing the vessel to achieve optimal fuel consumption at every given point throughout a voyage.

Canadian firm launches “world’s first” marine fuel cell module

Canadian company Ballard Power Systems has launched what it claims is the industry’s first fuel cell module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. Its FCwave fuel cell product is a 200kW unit that can be scaled in series so that it can provide power outputs up to the multi-megawatt power level.


Nearly $3 billion in funds set aside as part of the 2015 Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement are being heavily invested in the new generation of clean technologies, and new diesel options are proving a popular choice that is delivering the bulk of environmental benefits, according to analysis by the Diesel Technology Forum and confirmed by other sources.

Volvo Penta Stage V

It may seem out of place, or out of time, to talk about Stage V just now that the EU moratorium has become official. Yet at Volvo Penta, where the wait for the Big Bang of electrification, scheduled for 2021, hasn’t waned, attention to reducing exhaust emissions is also, and above all, focused on the endothermic engine.

Recreational boaters, marine industry reduce emissions and carbon footprint

There’s no doubt that recreational boating is an important contributor to our economy.

Boat of the Week: Meet the Record-Breaking 109-Foot Trimaran That Circled the Globe in 74 Days

After setting a world record, the vessel had a career hunting illegal whaling ships and other ocean poachers. Now she's on the market.

EPA finalizes rule to delay Tier 4 for high-speed commercial vessels

(WASHINGTON) — On Aug. 19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its rule to delay the implementation of Tier 4 engine emissions requirements for high-speed commercial vessels such as lobster boats and pilot boats.

Recreational boaters and marine industry reducing emissions and carbon footprint

According to the report ‘The Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in Canada’ prepared by the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA), approximately 12.4 million adult Canadians go boating every year. Recreational boating has a GDP impact of $5.6 billion with over $10 billion in total revenues.

RIMTA Awarded Sizable Grant to Expand Vessel Recycling Program

Earlier this month, The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association announced it was entering Phase 2 of its pilot program to address end-of-life fiberglass boats.The program got a massive boost this week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program when the group awarded RIMTA with a grant of more than $105,000 to expand the program across all of New England and beyond.