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United European Car Carriers (UECC) has  inked a contract with China’s Jiangnan Shipyard to build two new generation pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) plus options for two additional vessels. 

Singapore shipyard group Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) has bagged a contract from Norled to design and build three battery-powered ro-pax ferries.

Kongsberg Maritime is expanding its business in Asia and has been moving ahead with the award of contracts worth more than NOK400m ($47.2m) with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to deliver power and hybrid systems for nine Ro-Ro vessels ordered by italy’s Grimaldi Group. The contracts include an option for three additional vessels which could potentially increase the total value to more than NOK500m.

Norwegian heavy lift shipowner OHT has inked a contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) for a semi-submersible offshore windfarm foundation installation vessel with options for three more.

Arnstein Eknes, OSV and special ships market and business development director for DNV GL, sees significant potential for smart vessel operations in the Middle East workboat fleet which will cut operating costs and raise efficiency.

Technology group Wartsila has announced the introduction of a unique hybrid product, the Wartsila HY, the first hybrid power module of its kind for the marine industry.

Wärtsilä is launching a new zero-or-low-emissions ferry design with battery-engine hybrid propulsion.

ABB will provide its onboard DC grid tech technology for a battery-powered hybrid ferry to be constructed at Brødrene Aa in Norway.

Danish – German ferry operator Scandlines is aiming to have its fleet of six hybrid ferries operating fully on batteries with zero emissions by 2018.

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) will set aside $500,000 for the construction and operation of a passenger ferry powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and an accompanying fuel station.

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