Jan 27, 2023 | Ship design & naval architecture news

Marinetrans, a logistics company headquartered in Oslo and Singapore, and specialising in transport of ship spares and marine equipment, has become a partner in a foiling hydrogen-fuelled boat project at Delft Technical University.

Marinetrans joins other companies in supporting a diverse team of students to design and produce a foiling hydrogen-power boat to compete in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, showing that practically viable sustainable propulsion solutions are available to the maritime industry .

Steven Forsberg, MD Marinetrans, said: “The reasons to sponsor the TU Delft Hydro Motion Team are clear. As a marine logistics company we are aware of our own footprint and the environmental impact we make when handling global transport projects for our customers. Since we formulated our ‘Going Green’ mission, we actively seek to align ourselves with sustainable technologies, projects and suppliers. Innovative propulsion systems and other emission-reducing maritime systems, software or equipment are of key interest to that mission. This project, the technical developments behind it and the vessel itself provide all of that. A great example of what is possible today, especially with real teamwork.”

Marinetrans is developing its own emission reduction schemes, including its CO2 Offset Programme that clients can partake in to counter the environmental effects of their operations and the transports handled by Marinetrans to make them happen.

The TU Delft Hydro Motion Team was founded to show the maritime industry a number opportunities to tackle industry-related climate challenges. To this end, a new team of 20+ students is formed every year aiming to push the boundaries of sustainable technology. This year, the team consists of 23 multidisciplinary students who explore innovative developments in collaboration with industry experts, partners and alumni. Over the course of 17 years the teams have built a number of solar-powered vessels (with maximum speed of 55 km/h -29.7 knots), switching to hydrogen propulsion in 2021 and, among other results, delivering what is believed to be the world’s first foiling hydrogen-powered boat.

The boat, named Aurora, is a monohull, carbon fibre, zero-emission vessel. The foiling system has been re-designed and to that end as much weight as possible is being saved, which is important for the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge where all teams compete on Manoeuvrability, Speed and Endurance. All other teams are experienced professionals, making the race and creating their own technology all the more interesting for the student team, who have assembled their own Lithium battery.

Emma Alblas, responsible for the project’s external relations, said: “We want to inspire the maritime industry to move towards sustainable shipping and shipbuilding. For that, we spend one year in designing, building and racing a zero-emission boat, in this case a foiling hydrogen-powered boat. And of course, we will test it. This year, we’ll spend three months of testing the hydrogen system, the vessel characteristics and of course the foiling system; an interesting period in which our partners are regularly updated and invited to see the technology and progress for themselves. As a team we do this to show the world what is possible and we thank Marinetrans and our other partners for enabling us to make this vessel a reality.”

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