2nd Open call for innovative ideas

ZEVinnovation project team is pleased to launch an Open call – inviting innovators and SMEs to apply for support services in development of new and innovative ideas, technologies or services related to zero-emission vessels development and manufacturing

Background

ZEVinnovation is a transnational partnership project funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The project is supported by multi-disciplinary partners from across the EEA committed to bring together best enterprises with a significant potential for innovation and development. The aim of the ZEVinnovation project is to establish a sustainable and efficient network for the development of innovative zero-emission vessels and related technologies that will bring together relevant and active stakeholders

About the pilot program

ZEVinnovation is bringing together the professional consortia to select and verify innovations’ uniqueness and potential, prove their business validity and support them in further development. The aim is to prepare selected ideas into real business cases and give training in innovation management and IPR. ZEVinnovation project team will provide to selected applicants networking and funding opportunities, legal and technology advisory, IPR management, business/marketing planning and professional development. The Pilot is based on the tailored service approach where each applicant chooses up to 3 support services which he needs most.

The Pilot program will run until the end of 2022 and it will facilitate learning and knowledge sharing through 1-on-1 sessions with mentors and experts. During this period, the selected applicants will make themselves available for 1-on-1 meetings with ZEVinnovation experts upon request. The number of hours of mentors/experts assigned to each selected application is limited by the budget and duration of ZEVinnovation project and will depend on the needs of each applicant individually.

Next Phases

The 4 best business cases (2 from Croatia and 2 from Poland) will go to the second phase of the pilot action, the joint development program, where they will have additional support from tech experts from the Norwegian maritime industry in order to facilitate the development of the final product or service

Who is it for?

The ZEVinnovation call is open to innovators and SMEs with innovative ideas or solutions in the maritime industry’s market for electric vessels and related technologies or services who are based in one of the eligible countries of the project: Poland and Croatia.

How to apply?

STEP 1
Register to ZEVinnovation HUB
https://zevinnovation.eu/hub/

STEP 2
Create your profile

STEP 3
Submit your application using the online submission form

Selection format

Project team members will evaluate and select the applications based on the following evaluation criteria:

The uniqueness, innovativeness and the quality of the proposed idea/solution

The market size, potential or readiness of the product

The management of the intellectual property rights (IPR) for the product

The feasibility of delivering the proposed solution in the maritime industry market

Up to 5 applications with the best innovation potential in each eligible project country, Poland and Croatia will be selected.

Timeline

Additional cut-off dates will be published if a sufficient number of applications are not selected in the first round.

Register and apply your idea now!

Open call for Innovative ideas

ZEVinnovation project team is pleased to launch an Open call – inviting innovators and SMEs to apply for support services in development of new and innovative ideas, technologies or services related to zeroemission vessels development and manufacturing

The ZEVinnovation project has been funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The content of the document is the sole responsibility of the Center of technology transfer llc. and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for regional Cooperation.

Background

ZEVinnovation is a transnational partnership project funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. The project is supported by multi-disciplinary partners from across the EEA committed to bring together best enterprises with a significant potential for innovation and development. The aim of the ZEVinnovation project is to establish a sustainable and efficient network for the development of innovative zero-emission vessels and related technologies that will bring together relevant and active stakeholders.

About the Pilot program

ZEVinnovation is bringing together the professional consortia to select and verify innovations’ uniqueness and potential, prove their business validity and support them in further development. The aim is to prepare selected ideas into real business cases and give training in innovation management and IPR. ZEVinnovation project team will provide to selected applicants networking and funding opportunities, legal and technology advisory, IPR management, business/marketing planning and professional development. The Pilot is based on the tailored service approach where each applicant chooses up to 3 support services which he needs most.

The Pilot program will run until the end of 2022 and it will facilitate learning and knowledge sharing through 1-on-1 sessions with mentors and experts. During this period, the selected applicants will make themselves available for 1-on-1 meetings with ZEVinnovation experts upon request. The number of hours of mentors/experts assigned to each selected application is limited by the budget and duration of ZEVinnovation project and will depend on the needs of each applicant individually.

Next Phases

The 4 best business cases (2 from Croatia and 2 from Poland) will go to the second phase of the pilot action, the joint development program, where they will have additional support from tech experts from the Norwegian maritime industry in order to facilitate the development of the final product or service.

Who is it for?

The ZEVinnovation call is open to innovators and SMEs with innovative ideas or solutions in the maritime industry’s market for electric vessels and related technologies or services who are based in one of the eligible countries of the project: Poland and Croatia.

How to apply?

STEP 1
Register to ZEVinnovation HUB
https://zevinnovation.eu/hub/

STEP 2
Create your profile

STEP 3
Submit your application using the online submission form

Selection format

Project team members will evaluate and select the applications based on the following evaluation criteria:
➢ The uniqueness, innovativeness and the quality of the proposed
idea/solution
➢ The market size, potential or readiness of the product
➢ The management of the intellectual property rights (IPR) for the product
➢ The feasibility of delivering the proposed solution in the maritime industry market
Up to 5 applications with the best innovation potential in each eligible project country, Poland and Croatia will be selected.

Timeline

Additional cut-off dates will be published if a sufficient number of applications are not selected in the first round.

Register and apply your idea now!

FIT For 55. Ammonia as the fuel of the future?

Ammonia is one of the most promising fuels of the future for shipping, but getting it into the fuel mix will be difficult, experts say. Classification society Bureau Veritas has published an Ammonia-Prepared notation and is developing a Rule Note for ammonia as a marine fuel to support advancement towards a zero-carbon future.

Avin International – ammonia course

The Greek shipowner Avin International received in January this year. Kriti Future, the world’s first ammonia-powered main engine unit. The ship was built under the supervision of the Greek branch of the ABS classification society.

At present, Kriti Future is ‘conventionally fuelled’, but benefits from compliance with the ABS Ammonia Ready Level 1 requirements. The suezmax tanker has been classed by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and will operate under the Greek Flag.

The ABS-classed Suezmax was has a deadweight tonnage of 156,700. Ammonia Fuel Ready Level 1 indicates the vessel conforms to the requirements outlined in the ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels.

The coal concern invests in ammonia

Rio Tinto and AngloEastern followed a similar path as the Greek shipowner, but on a larger scale. The companies recently announced that they would develop ammonia-fueled Newcastlemax-class bulk carriers. Dry cargo vessels will be of the maximum size that she can moor in the Port of Newcastle, Australia. The ships will be carrying coal or iron ore.

Rio Tinto is a British-Australian company (LON: RIO, quoted: 5,657 GBX, 18 February). It is the third largest mining concern in the world. Anglo-Eastern is one of the world’s leading ship management companies. It is headquartered in Hong Kong and has more than 25 representative offices in Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

The funds for this ammonia vessel construction were provided by: Mining giant Rio Tinto and operators K-Line, NS United, Nihon Shipyard and Itochu. The new series of bulk carriers will have dual fuel main engines.

Bulk carrier for ammonia

AngloEastern and Rio Tinto are members of a consortium coordinated by Itochu, coordinating research into the use of ammonia as fuel for marine engines. The designed bulk carrier will be built under the supervision of ABS. It will be a unit with a capacity of 210 thousand. m3. The project assumes that two IMO class C fuel tanks will be installed on board.

Itochu, together with a group of 23 signatories, formed a consortium whose task is to study the possibility of using ammonia as a marine fuel at the beginning of June last year. Currently, the group has 34 members.

The group includes stakeholders from a diverse range of energy, mining, steel and shipbuilding, industries. Ammonia producers CF Industries, Yara and Nutrien have also had input in the early stages of the project. They are not signatories.

Japanese shipyards are joining forces

Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships (GSC) was established in December 2020. The center was formed by the largest Japanese shipyards with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a shipyard operating within the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group.

The first GSC project with an ammonia-powered engine – a Panamax-class bulk carrier – received ClassNK’s approval for the project – Approval in Principle (AiP).

ClassNK most of all reviewed the ammonia treatment measures, piping diagram of the fuel supply system, identification of hazardous area taking into account the flammability and toxicity of ammonia, and evacuation routes in case of emergency in line with the Guidelines.

China will build ammonia container ships

Shipyards in China, Jiangnan Shipbuilding and China Shipbuilding Trading Corporation, through their subsidiaries, are working on an ammonia-powered vessel.

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) with partners plan to design two 93,000 tankers m3 for the transportation of ammonia with an ammonia powered engine room. Bureau Veritas will granting AiP for the vessel design.

DSIC has signed two shipbuilding contracts encompassing six dual-fuel 16,000 TEU containerships and four 37,000-ton bulk carriers, respectively. The ships have been ordered by an undisclosed European shipowner and Polish shipping company Polska Żegluga Morska (PŻM), respectively –  informed DSIC.

Ammonia container ships form China

The container ships will have dual-fuel main engines that are ammonia-ready. The dual-fuel 16000TEU container ship has a total length of 366 meters, a width of 51 meters and a depth of 30.2 meters.

This type of ship can effectively reduce the GHG emissions and meet the requirements of the latest IMO environmental protection regulations. It adopts the WinGD dual-fuel main engine and is equipped with the latest iCER-Diesel system, which can significantly reduce the ship’s greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxide emissions and improve the combustion efficiency of the main engine.

ZEVinnovation HUB

The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster has established the Baltic ZEV Innovation HUB, which has the potential to build zero-emission ships. The hub is coordinated by the Crist shipyard, and the cooperation is between Nauta Shipyard, ASE Technology Group, TSG Polska and the Cador Consulting design office. Cador is the coordinator of Baltic ICT & AI HUB.

Source: https://www.eblueeconomy.com/marek-grzybowski-write-to-eblueeconomy-fit-for-55-ammonia-as-the-fuel-of-the-future/

Pentagon Helix Cluster. Baltic Sea & Space Cluster of Hubs contributes to the success of Polish companies

Specialized research teams operate within six Hubs of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster, which brings together 60 Polish innovative companies. Thanks to the active cooperation, the best Polish initiatives have a chance to be commercialized in the maritime sector. Among others, there is already an emission-free ship HUB, ICT & AI HUB as well as an idea for a hybrid system of renewable energy production.

For over a dozen years the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (BSSC) has been supporting innovations and development in the field of research, entrepreneurship, administration and local government, which are related to the Baltic Sea Region and the world ocean.

Pentagon Helix Cluster

The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster is a continuation of activities undertaken by its members, who over 25 years ago took the initiative to establish a maritime cluster in Poland. During the period of economic transformation, it integrated the activities of leading maritime enterprises on innovative undertakings and new markets. As a result, in 2009 the leaders of the National Chamber of Maritime Economy established Polish Maritime Cluster.

After a short period of incubation and activities in the Triple Helix formula, the cluster through participation in international projects transformed into an organization operating in the Qudralupe Helix system.

– Today the cluster develops in the Pentagon Helix formula, integrating the transfer of knowledge between science and business, supporting social initiatives, local government and administration, developing investor relations, says Marek Grzybowski and explains that today the cluster’s activity is characterized by a holistic, integrative and global approach, making the activity of maritime industries part of Economy 4.0. – We owe our position also to the close cooperation with the Space Science Commission of the Gdańsk Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. 4 conferences on space and maritime technologies, maritime and space law, economics and social sciences are organized jointly every year.

Cluster of HUBs

Within the „Cluster” there are currently six Hubs: ICT & AI, construction of zero-emission ships – ZEVInnovation, design and construction of installations producing green energy – GreenTech, scientific-research, legal-financial and educational. All hubs bring together around 60 companies, research centers and R&D units.

Within the „Cluster” Hubs, i.e. highly specialized small clusters, operate successfully, a type of consortia. Within them, tasks are carried out in a specific field and professional activity. In other words, a team of experts from a given hub is responsible for issues it knows best.

– The essence of creating Hubs in a cluster was to organize their intellectual potential, research and development capabilities, commercialization and internationalization of innovations, explains Zdzisław Długosz PhD., Director of the Safety & Security Research Institute and participating as an expert in the GALATEA project.

In order to work well on a given project, the idea of thematic Hubs was born. Many of the projects that the BSS Cluster conducts have an international character. For this reason, someone has to watch over, for example, the compliance with international law.

– The lack of this quality may result in legal problems when settling a project, a contract. We do not have such problems, emphasizes Długosz PhD. – Guarding all these complexities is within the scope of our legal and financial hub, coordinated by Mateusz Romowicz from Legal Maritime.

– Very often Polish companies compete with each other. Our task is to extract their optimal potential and use it on the international arena, explains Michał Igielski PhD. from the BSSC Project Office, responsible for coordinating the ZEVInnovation project, implemented under the Norway grants with partners from Norway and Croatia.- However, what matters to us the most are the companies that „want to do something” with the greatest potential for innovation and technology. To make it easier for them, we create cooperation groups, i.e. thematic Hubs.

Hubs have a business purpose

Experts from the BSS Cluster emphasize that hubs have been already working for each other, the idea being that they complement and permeate each other.

– Among other things, they are supposed to watch over the compatibility of various ideas. It happens that there is a proposal, for example to create a training centre, that does not fit Polish reality at all, says Alfred Naskręt, Cluster board member, director of Gdynia Maritime School. – Then the education hub gives its opinion on the proposal. Analyses of Hub experts are sent to decision-making centres. They present the reality prevailing in the country and international environment; they express a common view of companies that operate in the cluster and in the education sector, explains Master Mariner Alfred Naskret.

The Hubs base their activities on a specific strategy and objectives.

– For example, for the ICT and AI HUB such a goal is to create an IT Service Centre for the maritime and space industry. We have already collected domestic money for this purpose, now it is time for foreign funds, informs Michał Igielski PhD. and adds that the cluster will be an institution coordinating the work of this centre.

ICT & AI Hub – the future in intelligent technologies

The task of companies belonging to this hub is to create modern and innovative ICT solutions, which will be used by companies and institutions operating in maritime and space business.

– In short, the aim is to use the potential of IT companies operating in the Cluster to transform small and large ports, shipyards and other maritime and space businesses into intelligent organizations operating efficiently in the Global Economy 4.0, explains Marek Grzybowski, The president of the Cluster, ret. Professor of Gdynia Maritime University. He also adds that this efficiency should consist in the fact that Polish maritime and space companies should be economically effective, efficient on international markets and bring tangible benefits to the Polish national economy.

All these projects are addressed to industry and maritime administration, local governments and state administration. But they are aimed at creating a synergy effect from cooperation within a cluster of small and medium enterprises.

– Internationalization of these projects increases the so called intellectual human capital,” emphasizes Krzysztof Anzelewicz, the vice-president of the Cluster and the Shortsea Promotion Centre Poland, and explains: – Access to state-of-the-art technologies and cooperation within the project increases the intellectual potential and development possibilities of those Polish companies that work in international teams in such projects as e.g. Galatea, whose name clearly delineates the direction of development of maritime industries and maritime transport: GALATEA (Grow and AcceLerate your smArt projecTs in nEw value chAins of the European Blue Economy).

This means that Polish companies, thanks to the international activity of the Cluster, may participate in technologically advanced international projects. The digital hub, ICT & AI, may be the first to successfully possess such competencies. Then, on the basis of cooperation, these skills would be transferred to other companies.

Hub ZEVinnovation. Market for 400 zero-emission ships

The GreenTech and ZewInnovation Hubs are based on the same strategy as ICT & AI.

– We assume that within the ZEVInnovation Hub Polish shipyards will build more zero-emission ships than before, says Michał Igielski PhD. Electric ferries are already successfully built by Crist and Remontowa Shipbuilding.

The demand for this type of vessels is reported by the cluster’s partners on the Norwegian and Croatian markets. And these are not the only markets that report demand for zero-emission ships.

– The research shows that there is demand for at least 200 such electric or zero-emission ships on the Scandinavian market. Whereas the Adriatic and Mediterranean markets will need more than 240 zero-emission ships, informs Marek Grzybowski and emphasizes: – Therefore, the HUB ZEV being created with partners from Norway and Croatia will be a portal with high potential for innovation and international cooperation aimed at a large international market.

GreenTech Hub and aquaponics

The idea of the GreenTech Hub, on the other hand, is based on a preliminary analysis of the demand for such solutions in the coastal municipalities and small ports of the Baltic Sea region. It focuses on identifying hybrid solutions resulting from the needs of local clusters, Polish coastal municipalities and small ports.

– We want to install diversified sources of renewable energy in Poland such as wind, solar, biotechnological and hydrogen energy, as well as energy from sea currents, Igielski says. – We also want to store this energy. And here we cooperate with a member of our Cluster, Technology Group ASE, which has experience in production of industrial installations and possesses technology that allows to build stationary energy warehouses and energy warehouses on ships. The management of energy obtained from so many sources will allow for software using artificial intelligence, which will distribute the stored energy to local consumers.

Within this cluster there is also an idea for ecological food production, aquaponics farms.

– On the basis of nitrogen, which is produced from fish excrements, 100 percent ecological plants will be grown, among other vegetables and fruit. We plan to create demonstration installations, which we want to place in key locations in Pomerania and the neighboring voivodships, explains Michał Igielski.

Galatea project. From local to international market

The idea of the GreenTech Hub, on the other hand, is based on a preliminary analysis of the demand for such solutions in the coastal municipalities and small ports of the Baltic Sea region. It focuses on identifying hybrid solutions resulting from the needs of local clusters, Polish coastal municipalities and small ports.

– We want to install diversified sources of renewable energy in Poland such as wind, solar, biotechnological and hydrogen energy, as well as energy from sea currents, Igielski says. – We also want to store this energy. And here we cooperate with a member of our Cluster, Technology Group ASE, which has experience in production of industrial installations and possesses technology that allows to build stationary energy warehouses and energy warehouses on ships. The management of energy obtained from so many sources will allow for software using artificial intelligence, which will distribute the stored energy to local consumers.

Within this cluster there is also an idea for ecological food production, aquaponics farms.

– On the basis of nitrogen, which is produced from fish excrements, 100 percent ecological plants will be grown, among other vegetables and fruit. We plan to create demonstration installations, which we want to place in key locations in Pomerania and the neighboring voivodships, explains Michał Igielski.

Galatea project. From local to international market

A good example of this is the Galatea project, which is aiming connecting innovative companies with the Polish maritime industry – with ports, shipyards, maritime offices. The task of these companies is to provide paid services to the industry in order to create innovative projects together. The strong position of the Baltic Sea and Space Cluster has resulted in the Cluster being invited to international projects with a high degree of innovation.

– The Cluster was invited by Aerospace Valley and Le Pôle Mer Méditerranée to participate in the GALATEA project implemented under Horizon 2020, which also involves clusters from Spain, Romania and Greece. The aim here is to connect small companies in innovative projects in maritime industries, says Krzysztof Anzelewicz.

The first call for projects took place in spring 2021. From Europe, about 200 companies submitted about 80 projects, of which 16 were qualified for implementation. Among them are two international projects whose leaders are companies from Poland. REX.IO is an IT company while SeaData is a company using satellite and IT technologies to monitor pollution in ports.

The second round of call for proposals lasted until 8 December. – We support and encourage small, medium and micro companies, which have potential, but do not have means to implement innovations, to participate in the GALATEA project, adds Krzysztof Anzelewicz and emphasizes: – However, the initiative lies here on the side of entrepreneurs. It is a chance to go from local to international market, which is provided by our Cluster.

– Our Baltic cluster has managed to reach the world level of activity, explains Marek Grzybowski, the president of the Cluster. – We are the only maritime/space cluster in the world. All the clusters that have been created so far are aviation/space clusters, emphasizes Prof. Grzybowski. – This is the effect of diffusion and transfer of knowledge between technologies used in space and maritime industries.

The position of the Cluster is a result of the active participation of Pomeranian universities, the Institute of Oceanology PAN, members and partners of the BSSC in our initiatives. We disseminate and commercialize Polish knowledge, not only in the technical area. We use also our legal, organizational, economic and educational potential.

Source: https://www.marinepoland.com/pentagon-helix-cluster-baltic-sea-space-cluster-of-hubs-contributes-to-the-success-of-polish-companies-1468?fbclid=IwAR2UoMlJ0fU7IJTodn16YLnyEUj1ab8F6hw6ooBCk_6OyWzYhfMlUlx5rxA

The electric ship market to reach $ 16.2 billion in 2030

Electric propulsion systems will become increasingly common in maritime transport. Their introduction to the shipping market will accelerate after 2025. Experts justify this by tightening the policy limiting the use of traditional ship fuels – is on Electric Ship Market by Type – Global Forecast to 2030 report.

Europe is at the forefront of purchasing electric ships

The electric ship market in Europe will grow by the highest value, from $ 3,358 million in 2021 to $ 11,922 million in 2030, depending on the EU region.

Scandinavian countries are the leaders in Europe. Norway, Finland and Denmark actively began replacing conventional passenger ferries with fully electric passenger ferries several years ago.

Polish shipyards benefit from this policy together with shipyards from other European countries. Crist and Remontowa Shipbuilding have a strong position in the market of building electric ferries for customers from Scandinavian countries. Electric ships for the Norwegian, Finnish and British markets were built in Gdańsk and Gdynia.

Electric and autonomous

Some electric ships are also provided as autonomous ships. Rolls-Royce and the Finnish operator FinFerries presented the world’s first fully autonomous ferry 5 years ago. The control system was mounted on the ferry. The 54-meter ferry with 80 passengers detected obstacles at sea thanks to sensors and artificial intelligence – Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced that it has deployed the coastal autonomous container ship Mikage to the sea. The ship has successfully passed sea trials. It is the first ship of this type in the world. The Imoto Lines ship sailed independently from Tsuruga Port in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, to Sakai in Tottori Prefecture. The ship covered the distance between the ports by about 300 kilometers. It took place on January 24 and 25 this year.

In Norway, the first voyage, still with a crew, was made to Oslo by the small container ship Yara Birkeland. It is supposed to be an autonomous ship. The unit will provide transport between the Yara fertilizer plant in Herøya and the ports of Brevik and Larvik. The vessel will make it possible to eliminate 40.000 road transports between the fertilizer factory and these ports.

Ships for over $ 9.3 billion in 2027

The electric ship market was USD 5,114.6 million in 2020. The global electric ship market will reach USD 9,361.4 million by 2027. This value will be achieved with the assumed annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6% in 2021-2027 – forecast the authors of the report “Electric Ships Market Statistics 2027”.

Shipowners, public administrations, and investors from Norway, the United States, Greece, China and France order mainly electric ships. They were actively involved in the modernization of the fleets. They are ordering hybrid and electric ships on a large scale.

Demand for vessel conversion. Nauta has an experience

The first fully electric cargo ship in China can travel 80 km and carry 2,200 tons of cargo. A large electric container ship can transport around 200,000 TEU in containers.

Demand for the conversion of ships with traditional propulsion to hybrid ships is increasing. Wartsila has signed a contract with Hagland Shipping AS for the modernization of general cargo carriers operating on the “short see” market with diesel engines to a hybrid battery drive. This is one example.

The conversion was performed by Nauta Shipyard for the Scandinavian offshore fleet operator. On the Viking Neptun (Offshore Support Vessel), the propulsion system was upgraded to a hybrid one. Two sets of Wartsila batteries with a capacity of 870 kWh were installed on the ship.

Four 1.25 MW drives in containers were installed on the ship. Containers with battery packs are connected to switchboards with power and control cables. A new freshwater cooling system for battery packs has been installed. The existing hull structure was strengthened. Power cables for the VLS tower were installed.

Norway is the leader. Remontowa Shipbuilding is a supplier

Norway will continue to convert its fleet of older ferries to electric ferries. Of the 180 Norwegian ferry fleets, 70% of Norway will be converted to battery or hybrid propulsion – according to the authors of the “A Smarter Journey” report, published by Siemens and Bellona in June 2018, the Norwegians will launch 84 new ferries with all-electric propulsion. 43 ferries will be replaced with ships using hybrid technology.

Remontowa Shipbuilding has delivered over a dozen electric ferries to operators from Norway and Great Britain. On Thursday, 4 February, Fodnes (B619/4) – the fourth in the series of hybrid electric-powered ferries, sailed out of Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk. The day before, the ferry was handed over to Norled via videoconference, and the Norwegian flag was hoisted.

The ferries will be equipped with an innovative and highly efficient Diesel Electric Hybrid system. In normal operation, the entire required power will be taken from two battery packs installed on board. The batteries will be recharged from the land grid during the vessel’s stay at quay which will typically be abt. 11 minutes. The shore charging system will be integrated with an automatic mooring system holding the ferries when at the quay and giving the “green light” for the charging process to start.

Festøya, Solavågen, Mannheller, and Foden’s are the state-of-the-art modern battery-powered double-ended hybrid ferries designed to minimize energy consumption and built at Remontowa Shipbuilding. Three of them delivered in 2020 are already sailing in the Norwegian fjords, serving the Festøya – Solavågen and Mannheller – Fodnes connections.

Polish ZEV and ICT HUBs. Crist and Cador manage the hubs

A zero-emission vessel production hub has been established in Poland. This hub was built in the Baltic Port of New Technologies in Gdynia, in the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.

The coordinator of BALTIC ZEV INNOVATION HUB is the Crist shipyard, with which Stocznia Remontowa Nauta and the design company Cador Consulting cooperate. CADOR is the coordinator of the Baltic ICT & AI HUB. The ASE Technology Group has joined the hub. The company has energy storage technology that can be used on land and on electric ships. TSG Poland operates in the Hub with refueling and bunkering ecological fuels technologies.

At the moment, Crist is building two electric ferries for the Finnish ferry operator Finferries. The operator will receive complete ships, in which the diesel engine is only used to protect the ship in extreme weather conditions. The new two-sided, environmentally friendly, an eco-friendly hybrid ferry will be 100.5 m long and 17.4 m wide. It can accommodate 90 passenger cars and 372 passengers. The ferry is to be operated by a 3-person crew.

“Ship of the Year” and CEMT awards

CRIST shipyard and StoGda Ship Design & Engineering design office won the CEMT 2018 award for outstanding contribution to the success of European marine industries. The award was given for the design and production of the passenger-car ferry Elektra, the first electric ferry in the European Union. Elektra ferry was awarded “Ship of the Year” by the Marine Propulsion Award 2018 and is “Significant Small Ship of 2017” by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

The Elektra ferry is sailing between Nauvo and Parainen in Finland. It is 96 m long and 15 m wide. It takes 372 passengers and 90 cars on board. The modern unit is served by only a 3-person crew.

The novelty is the use of a hybrid diesel-electric drive. Elektra has been equipped with three main diesel engines, two azimuth propulsors, and a set of batteries. They are adapted to adverse climatic conditions – a system based on Siemens components with longevity, it has to cope with northern low temperatures and heavy snowfall.

The ferry batteries are loaded during unloading and loading. All it takes is just 7 minutes. Ultimately, the unit is powered by battery power and, if necessary, by a diesel engine.

The main players

Polish shipyards belong to the club of designers and construction of electric ships. The main players in the European electric ship market are Kongsberg (Norway), ABB (Switzerland), Wartsila (Finland), Norwegian Electric Systems AS (Norway).

The main players on the market of building hybrid ships and electrical installations with global potential are Corvus Energy (Canada), General Dynamics Electric Boat (USA), MAN Energy Solutions SE (Germany) Vard (Norway), Siemens (Germany), and Leclanché SA (Switzerland).

Asahi Tanker, Idemitsu Kosan, Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Mitsubishi Corporation are active in Japan.

South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard is beginning construction on an electric propulsion passenger ship that combines for the first time eco-friendly designs with smart technologies. China is now the owner of the world’s first all-electric cargo ship. The ship was constructed by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd.

Source: https://www.eblueeconomy.com/marek-grzybowski-write-an-exclusive-research-and-analysis-for-eblue-economy/

Baltic Sea And Space Cluster – Course On The Zero-Emission Strategy And Digitization Of Maritime Logistics

Baltic Sea And Space Cluster Members Meeting, Which Brings Together About 60 Polish Innovative Companies, Was Held In Gdynia. Board Members And Hub Managers Discussed The Cluster’s Current Projects And Strategic Plans.

Representatives Of Large, Medium, And Small Companies, Maritime Education, Media Representatives, And Managers Of HUBs Of The Baltic Sea And Space Cluster Met In Gdynia For A Business Breakfast On December 7 This Year. Due To The Prevailing Pandemic And The Safety Of The Participants, 25 People Participated In The Meeting.

Polish Innovative Companies

The Meeting Was Attended, Among Others, By Przemysław Sztandera, President Of The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone And Prof. Adam Weintrit, Rector Of Gdynia Maritime University, Lawyer Matusz Romowicz From Legal Marine, And Piotr Witek From Moore Rewit, Captain Alfred Naskręt, Director Of The Gdynia Maritime School, Monika Kozakiewicz And Adam Potrykus, Nauta Shipyard Presidents, And Jacek Milewski, Shipyard Crist , Chief Financial Officer.

The Hydromega Company Was Represented By Director Michałowski. Jakub Roszkiewicz (Biprograf) And Wojciech Panfil (Elmech-ASE) Came From The ASE Technology Group. Marcin Więckowski And Robert Widomski Were From Whizzbrand. The Meeting Was Attended By Maciej Spigarski, A Long-Term Sales Director Of The Well-Known Manufacturer Of Galeon Yachts. There Was Also The Cluster Management Board And Representatives Of The Cluster Projects Office. The Media Was Represented By Cezary Spigarski, President Of The Management Board Of The Foundation For The Promotion Of Ship Industry And Maritime Economy, Publisher Of The OficynaMorska.Pl Portal, And Mateusz Kowalewski, President Of The Board, Publisher Of GospodarkaMorska.Pl And MarinePoland.Com.

Cluster Of HUBs

Capt. Alfred Naskręt And Prof. Marek Grzybowski Welcomed The Participants Of The Meeting. The Baltic Sea And Space Cluster Have Carried Out Fundamental Organizational Changes And Has Transformed Into A Cluster Of Innovative HUBs. This Is A Consequence Of The Evolution Of The Cluster That Changed The Traditional Triple Helix Cluster Into The HUB Of International Projects Ten Years Ago. Projects Are Carried Out With Porters From The Baltic Sea Region And With Clusters Operating Under The European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

– We Have Transformed Into A “Cluster” Of Hubs, I.E. Specialist Organizations With A High Innovation Potential – Said Marek Grzybowski, President Of The Baltic Sea And Space Cluster For The GospodarkaMorska Portal, Emphasizing That It Is Planned To Prepare Projects That Will Be Implemented For The Needs Of The International Market.

The Cluster Operates A Zero-Emission Ship Production HUB, An ICT & AI HUB That Provides Comprehensive Smart Port And Smart Shipyard Studies As Well As Smart Ship Projects. BALTIC HUB GREEN TECH Deals With Creating Projects Of Complete Solutions For Production, Distribution,  And Management Of Green Energy – Explain Dr. Michał Igielski And Dr. Zdzisław Długosz. The Modern Energy Storage Was Built By Elmech-ASE Operating Within The ASE Technology Group, A Member Of The BSSC Cluster – Said Jakub Roszkiewicz And Wojciech Panfil.

ICT & AI And Greentech HUB

We Hope That ASE Will Be A Strong Partner In The BALTIC GREENTECH HUB. BALTIC ZEV HUB Offers A Total Solution For Zero-Emission Ships With Charging Stations And Onshore Energy Storage For The International Market. HYDROMEGA Has The Potential To Participate In The BALTIC GREENTECH HUB And The BALTIC ZEV HUB. HYDROMEGA Has Experience In Building Innovative Hydraulic Systems On Ships And On Land.

Implementation Of Projects On An International Scale Requires Legal And Financial Support. Therefore, A Legal And Financial HUB Was Established In The Cluster. LEGAL & FINANCIAL HUB Is Coordinated By Lawyer Mateusz Romowicz, And The Pillars Are Legal Marine And Moore Revit. The Baltic Center For Economic Mediation Helps In Resolving Disputes In The Maritime Business. Barbara Matysiak Is The Coordinator Of The Baltic Center For Economic Mediation.

Maritime University And Business

Baltic Sea & Space Cluster Members And Company Representatives Said They Were Open To Employing Future Engineers. They Allow Engineers To Practice In Shipyards And Design Offices. Cador Provides The University With The Latest Versions Of Design Software, Said President Grzegorz Kozłowski. Students From The Maritime University Are Training In The Nauta Shipyard, Said, Director Adam Potrykus. The Baltic Maritime Cluster Plans To Develop Cooperation Between Science And Business.

– The University Expects Companies To Report Specific Needs On The Topics Of Engineering And Master’s Theses, Technical And Organizational Solutions Results From The Talks We Conducted In The Group Of Rector Adam Weintrit And President Przemysław Sztandera. During The Meeting, Many New Ideas For Joint Projects Emerged.