(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The shipping world is undergoing dramatic changes: the environmental agenda is forcing all of us to rethink ship propulsion and develop entirely new concepts. At the same time, digitalization and smart technologies are opening up new opportunities to streamline ship operation and management. The ferry segment is in a unique position to pioneer such developments: with relatively small ship sizes operating on short, precisely defined routes, typically in placid waters, conditions are ideal for trying out advanced technologies such as battery power and automation – for the benefit of the rest of the shipping industry.
This issue of FERRY AND RO-RO UPDATE is full of inspiring reports about the state of the art in ferry and ro-ro shipbuilding. Read about the “twin sisters”, two new, recordsized ro-ro vessels incorporating technology from deep-sea vessels to take efficiency and flexibility to the next level. With the LNG-ready class notation, they will be able to switch to LNG as soon as bunkering infrastructure is available and LNG prices are attractive; many believe this will be the case in the foreseeable future.
This compact, yet detailed environmental outlook goes through all the recent, upcoming and potential future rules and regulations facing our industry. What all this means for future engine types and fuel options is the subject of our summary of the current state of scientific and market research. A case study gives a concrete example of what these options could mean for a PCTC.
Advances in battery technology, Norway’s successful electrification of local sea transport and the country’s rapidly growing fleet of green ferries send an encouraging message into the world: the energy transition is progressing rapidly! Even hydrogen as a ship fuel is now the subject of a joint development project. International cooperation between manufacturers, governments and shipping companies is powering the ascent of hybrid power systems on larger vessels, and DNV GL has played a key role in bringing the stakeholders together and ensuring the safety and reliability of the electrical systems.
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