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In November 2020, Volvo Penta announced the introduction of 8 and 13-liter engine packages that meet the demanding requirements of the new EU Stage V marine for Inland Waterways legislation (IWW). The company offers a range of Stage V certified products – from 210 to 400 hp and up to 300kW marine gensets. This month the first D13 Stage V marine engines were delivered to Dutch company, Lemmen Diesel Engines B.V., who will be responsible for the repowering of the dry cargo vessel, Zuiderdiep. This delivery marks the beginning of Volvo Penta’s Stage V offering with many more deliveries already in the pipeline.

1st sea trial of Yanmar/Toyota hydrogen fuel cell boat

We wrote just less than a year ago about two of the world’s leading transportation manufacturers getting together to explore a hydrogen fuel cell boat. Now Yanmar and Toyota have announced they have completed the first sea trials in the water off the coast of Kunisaki in the Oita Prefecture in southern Japan. Japan is very intent on developing hydrogen as a fuel, finalizing its Basic Hydrogen Strategy in 2017 with the goal of establishing the country as ‘a world-leading hydrogen-based society’.

White House unveils plan for massive expansion of U.S. offshore wind

With a target of generating 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, the Biden administration today announced plans to jump start the industry that, among other things, foresees the construction of four to six specialized wind turbine installation vessels (WITVs) in U.S. shipyards, each representing an investment between $250 and $500 million.

International Diesel Emission Regulations Delayed

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Environment Protection Committee agreed to delay enforcement of Tier III engine emissions regulations for vessels longer than 78’ (23. 77 m) after the United States Coast Guard said it would not take enforcement actions if vessels didn’t meet them. Several groups including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the European Boating Industry and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations worked within the IMO to grant the three-year extension.

New CARB Proposals Threaten Future of Outboard Engines

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a new proposal calling for significant cuts to THC and NOx emissions from outboard engines. The board’s 2020 Mobile Source Strategy Workshop Discussion Draft that was published late last year, says that marine engines represent “a significant source” of THC and NOx emissions in the state.

ABS: U.S. Offshore Wind Vessel Demand Set to Soar

It's no longer news that the U.S. is set to become the next big offshore wind market, with an IEA 2019 report forecasting 40 GW of installed offshore wind capacity in the country by 2040, which will require a $100 billion investment. To meet this expected growth, both in the fixed-bottom wind farms and the floating wind farms, the U.S. market will require a large amount of wind farm support vessels of various types, with the current fixed-bottom wind turbine installation fleet non-existent, and the foreign-flagged vessels not an option, for the most part. Development of ports required to support the offshore wind construction will need to pick up, too.

Despite manufacturers insisting that they’re made for commercial applications, Diesel outboards are attracting increasing interest from the leisure marine sector

Diesel outboards remain a bit of an enigma in the leisure boating industry, attracting more and more interest even as engine builders focus almost entirely on the commercial market. Cox Powertrain sees opportunities for its CXO300 in the offshore fishing sector. Originally envisioned as products with low operating costs and enhanced durability for industrial, institutional and government buyers, diesel outboards continue to attract interest from elements of the leisure marine sector in Europe and in North America – albeit for very different reasons.

New CARB emission proposals threaten major impact on outboard manufacturers

As if outboard engine manufacturers don’t already have enough on their plate with lingering supply chain challenges and production backlogs related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a new proposal calling for substantial cuts to THC and NOx emissions from outboard engines.

Toyota Fuel Cell Goes to Sea

A fuel-cell system that Toyota developed for marine applications is now being used aboard Energy Observer, a former racing catamaran that’s on a six-year voyage as the “first energy-autonomous hydrogen vessel,” the company said in a statement. Energy Observer is powered by renewable-energy electricity and an on-board system that produces carbon-free hydrogen from seawater. The voyage launched in June 2017 from Saint-Malo Port in France.

Powered by the Plastics it Collects

A team that includes French yachtsman Yvan Bourgnon is developing a concept yacht that would collect plastic debris from the ocean and use it as fuel. The 183-foot catamaran, called Manta, would be propelled by a combination of sails and electric motors.