Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

The expedition market is of growing importance when it comes to applying sustainable ship design due to the fragile environments where these ships operate. Ulstein Verft in Norway works to reduce the vessels’ required energy for a minimal environmental footprint. All Ulstein designed vessels are developed to decrease fuel oil consumption. The integration of new technology, the right choice of equipment and hull optimisation are important aspects. The company’s distinctive X-BOW hull line design contributes to fuel savings in rough weather conditions. Ulstein Verft is renowned for delivering high-quality vessels on time, which helps to secure the shipowner’s success. Yards engaged in ferry construction are helping their customers make crucial emissions reductions on their routes. Over the past decade, Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding has built more than a dozen gas, hybrid and electricpowered vessels that meet stringent environmental standards. The company was awarded the Shippax Award 2021 for a battery hybrid car passenger ferry delivered to the Norwegian owner Norled. All projects are carried out in accordance with the European Union’s climate regulation package within the European Green Deal. Tersan Shipyard has completed construction of 10 environmentally friendly car and passenger ferries and one cruise vessel with three more cruise ships under construction. “All of these vessels have different energy solutions for sustainability,” says a spokesperson for the Turkish yard. “Some of them are 100 per cent battery powered, while others are hybrid vessels with LNG and battery propulsion. Besides their green power, the ship systems also focus on utilising energy via heat recovery systems and/or energy-efficient hull designs. The battery-powered vessels are charged from hydropower when they are berthed.” Wight Shipyard Co, located on the Isle of Wight, is constructing the UK’s first hybrid high-speed passenger ferries for Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. The new vessels will debut in London in autumn 2022 and spring 2023. The new ferries will operate solely on battery power while travelling in London’s central zone between the Tower and Battersea Power Station piers, switching to biofuel when outside of the central city area. Germany’s Flensburger SchiffbauGesellschaft (FSG) shipyard has developed a new ship design concept to create a competitive and futureproof transport solution for small and medium-sized ro-ros. Customisable to individual customer requirements and transport tasks, the basic design has an innovative general arrangement layout and propulsion concept that focuses on the most effective efficiency improvements without increasing capital expenditure, says Philipp Maracke, CEO of FSG. “Our in-house design and simulation tools allow for customised adaptions of the basic design for individual solutions that fulfil all customer requirements. Flexible options (LNG, batteries, alternative fuels) are available for upcoming regulatory or port restrictions.” Drone view of Turkey’s Tersan shipyard 1 0 3