Technology

  • World’s First All-Electric Battery-Powered Ferry

    A Norwegian emission-free ferry called the Ampere was granted the esteemed “Ship of the Year” award as the SMM trade show in September 2014. The ferry is reportedly the first all-electric battery-powered car and passenger ferry in the world. The battery-powered vessel, with a comfortable capacity of 120 cars and 360 passengers operating at about 10 knots, is apparently in service 365 days per year.

  • Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

    A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.

  • COSCO to build Wärtsilä BWMS

    Wärtsilä has signed an agreement enabling COSCO (Weihai) Shipbuilding Marine Technology Company (WECOSCO) to build its Aquarius electrochlorination (EC) ballast water management system (BWMS) under license.

  • Technology, costly fossil fuels aiding grid parity

    Grid parity appears set to be a reality of the near future globally. United Arab Emirates claims to have started producing solar energy at costs equal to power it generates using oil and gas. WAM, the official news agency of UAE, has reported the development.

  • Marine Energy - WORLD PANORAMA

    Meeting the basic energy needs of the world's population is a major challenge for contemporary society. The emergence of developing countries, population growth and the increasing scarcity of fossil fuel resources mean that renewable energy has become the priority in the energy transition race. 

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Industry Collaboration: Sheer strength

The equipment used to tap offshore energy resources is getting bigger and bigger. Specialized ships are needed to move these huge loads, and close collaboration between the customer, shipping company and classification society is essential. 

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Palm Fronds: A Year of Wind Energy Innovation

In the most recent of this year’s innovations in wind farm turbine engineering, Professor Eric Loth of the University of Virginia has started building a small-scale prototype of a wind turbine, modelled on palm fronds, with blades that face downwind.

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