Electric propulsion

Successful launch for Indian electric ferry

Successful launch for Indian electric ferry

Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) has launched an electric, double-hulled catamaran ferry, ordered for use by the Government of West Bengal. Named Dheu, the newbuild features a length of 24m, an aluminium hull and an FRP superstructure, and can carry up to 150 persons. Dheu was built to Indian Register of Shipping […]

All aboard the BMT ‘bike bus’

All aboard the BMT ‘bike bus’

Decarbonisation of the ferry sector continues to gain pace, with naval architect and designer BMT recently providing a preview of its forthcoming EF-500 all-electric passenger vessel concept. Developed to meet international demand for low- and zero-emission ferry services, the EF-500 concept was unveiled at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, hosted between November-December 2023, […]

Smart charging at the end of the gangway

Smart charging at the end of the gangway

The new 7017 E service operation vessel (SOV) from Damen has a trick up its sleeve – or more accurately, at the end of its gangway, writes Stevie Knight. Importantly, it’s a trick that promises to allow the vessel to run on battery power alone. This recent 4,300gt design will, like its SOV 7017 predecessor, […]

Composite gains for Stockholm city slickers

Composite gains for Stockholm city slickers

If all goes to plan, the new year will see Stockholm welcome the first Candela P-12 foiling passenger shuttle – a city transport solution that promises zero emissions and extremely favourable efficiency gains compared to conventional diesel inland ferries. For example, Candela claims, the 11.99m x 4.5m, 30-pax vessel will only require 44kW of engine […]

SAFE Boats unveils electric patrol craft

SAFE Boats unveils electric patrol craft

Overall, patrol and rescue vessels have been relatively slow on the uptake of electric propulsion, which is understandable. Unlike ferries on fixed coastal routes, patrol boats need the guarantee of a certain level of speed and range, especially when undertaking surveillance, interception and casualty recovery missions that take them far from shore, necessitating capabilities that […]

Electrifying boost for Iberian route

Electrifying boost for Iberian route

Portuguese boatbuilder Navaltagus Shipyard has delivered what’s claimed to be the first all-electric ferry on the Iberian Peninsula. The battery-powered Salicornia will replace an older vessel on the São Jacinto-to-Ílhavo route, and Navaltagus predicts that the newcomer should reduce CO2 emissions by 300tonnes each year. Salicornia features an overall length of 37.4m, a 9.2m beam […]

Fletcher Boats is back, with e-craft on the menu

Fletcher Boats is back, with e-craft on the menu

One of Britain’s most iconic boatbuilders is back, after a short hiatus – and creating a new generation of battery-powered sports boats ranks among its top priorities. Formed by Norman Fletcher in 1960, Fletcher Boats began life as a model shop in the West Midlands, before turning to real boat construction – firstly as a […]

Candela predicts bright green future after record run

Candela predicts bright green future after record run

Electric boatbuilder Candela reports that it has set a new world record, using its Candela C-8 hydrofoiling craft to cover a distance of 420nm within 24 hours – described by the company as “the equivalent of travelling from London to Amsterdam and back” within this timeframe. The previous record was set by a Voltari 260 […]

ABB to supply equipment for the latest in series of wind farm installation vessels

ABB to supply equipment for the latest in series of wind farm installation vessels

The offshore wind business is growing rapidly as more companies seek to make investments in the sector. This has created numerous opportunities for manufacturers to supply equipment. Latest among these is Swedish-Swiss owned multinational ABB, which has received an order for a comprehensive package of equipment for two new vessels. The large wind turbine installation […]

Singapore partners plan electric boat boost

Singapore partners plan electric boat boost

A new green energy consortium launched in Singapore hopes to answer the Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA’s) call for electric harbour craft operations within its waters. The consortium is being led by Singaporean company Cyan Renewables, which has stated its intention to own and operate a fleet of modern offshore wind farm support vessels worth […]

COSCO launches battery-powered container ship, with second in production

COSCO launches battery-powered container ship, with second in production

Chinese shipping company COSCO Shipping Development continued its move to invest in renewable technology with the launch of the first of two 700teu electric vessels. The first vessel, currently known as Hull N997, was launched at the COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry yard in Yangzhou, China, in July. Powered by portable container-sized batteries, the 10,000dwt NN997 […]

Porsche e-boat due in 2024

Porsche e-boat due in 2024

Sports car manufacturer Porsche and Austria’s Frauscher Shipyard have announced that they aim to put a limited-edition electric day cruiser on the water next year. Set for an initial release of 25 units, the Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air will borrow features from Porsche’s Taycan electric sport saloon series while incorporating the drive technology […]

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