Propulsion

Robert Allan designs methanol-fueled crew transfer vessel

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — With support from the Carbon Trust, United Kingdom and the Offshore Wind Accelerator program, Robert Allan Ltd. has brought the offshore wind industry closer to eliminating carbon emissions from the supply chain with the development of…

Sea Machines plans autonomous voyage around Denmark by ocean tug

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics will embark on a 1,000-nautical-mile autonomous and remotely commanded journey around Denmark later this month. Aptly named The Machine Odyssey, the voyage marks a landfall moment for autonomous transportation and is slated to prove that…

Maersk orders eight boxships capable of running on methanol

(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — In the first quarter of 2024, A.P. Moller-Maersk will introduce the first in a groundbreaking series of eight large oceangoing container vessels capable of being operated on carbon-neutral methanol. The vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy…

Port NOLA signs agreement to pursue LNG bunkering

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Port of New Orleans and CLEANCOR Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday to collaborate on ways to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling solutions to shipowners and…

All American launches first hydrogen fuel cell vessel in US

(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — All American Marine (AAM) and SWITCH Maritime have announced the launch and operational trials of Sea Change, a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell ferry that will operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will be the first…

US designates $4 million in grants for green ferries

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $38 million in competitive grant funds through a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for FTA's Passenger Ferry Grant Program. The Passenger Ferry…

ABB to power first fully electric US tugboat

(SAN DIEGO) — ABB will deliver an integrated electric propulsion system and advanced vessel control technology for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s pioneering eWolf tug, built for sustainable and safe operations at the Port of San Diego. Upon delivery by Alabama-based shipbuilder…

New Scripps research vessel to feature hydrogen propulsion

(SAN DIEGO) — California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The new vessel, which will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at…

Transition in the wind as shipping warms to alternative propulsion

In the light of the current scramble for alternative, low-carbon fuels that will take until the 2030s to substantially penetrate the maritime fuel mix, wind propulsion is gaining more attention from vessel owners and operators. Gavin Allwright, the secretary-general…