This month’s Shipping Line clearly shows just how diverse the thinking is becoming in the maritime world as companies strive to slash the carbon footprint of new ships.
Dutch group Damen Shipyards is developing a new class of vessel that will be capable of supporting the next big development in offshore wind; the large-scale roll-out of large floating offshore wind turbines.
Norway’s Ulstein is on a roll with Dutch company Acta Marine, with two more offshore wind support ships to build with a further pair on option.
More than six decades since the idea of building nuclear-powered merchant ships hit the headlines, the concept is back, radically revamped by Norwegian ship designed and builder Ulstein.
US firm Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co (GLDD) has contracted ship builder Ulstein to move onto the integration engineering phase for the Jones-compliant rock dumping vessel earmarked for the nascent American offshore wind market.
ShipFC, a frontier-busting, pioneering maritime innovation project looking to install the world’s first ammonia-powered fuel cell on a ship, has taken an important step forward with the award of a contract to the German institute Fraunhofer IMM to develop a catalytic afterburner system.
As more operators and equipment manufacturers like turbine manufacturer Vestas take the carbon neutral pledge, ship designer and builder Ulstein, of Norway, is doing its bit by offering zero-emissions vessel designs to the offshore energy marketplace.
On July 6, Rolls-Royce Holdings said it would sell its loss-making commercial marine business to Norway’s Kongsberg Gruppen for £500 million.