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Transporting Goods Between The UK And EU In A No-Deal Brexit: Guidance For Hauliers

The UK Department for Transport is helping commercial drivers get ready Brexit by setting up 150 advice centres and helping drivers plan their journeys by providing a handbook and pocket ma


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Corvus Energy Opens A New Battery Factory In Norway

On 6 September, Corvus Energy celebrated the grand opening of its automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway.

“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry,” says Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway. With so many of our customers and partners in Norway, it only made sense to add production capacity here, which gives us flexibility and will speed deliveries. Further, automated production will help the Corvus ESSs remain price-competitive.”

IG Metall Union Satisfied With Winds Of Change After FSG Acquisition By Lars Windhorst

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Trade union leader Michael Schmidt speaks of a “completely different culture of communication,” after the full take-over of the Flensburg shipyard by investor Lars Windhorst.
Managing Director Alex Gregg-Smith briefed employees on Windhorst’s Tennor Holding plans, possible future construction programs and work.

“Gregg-Smith was very open to us. This is a completely different culture of communication,” said the union spokesman. A positive wind of change.


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Zero-Emission Ferries: The Norwegian Government Challenges

Last week, Ferry Shipping News sailed onboard Norwegian ferry GISKØY, together with Svein Ove Farstad, General Manager Sales & Marketing, Norwegian Electric Systems.
This double-ended ferry was delivered to Fjord1 in the beginning of the year. GISKØY is identical to two other ferries. They will be operating fully electric once the two ferry ports are ready in 2021. Presently they are sailing in a hybrid-electric mode

Svein Ove Farstad (photo) explains how his company entered the ferry business: “Three years ago, Norwegian Electric Systems saw a market opportunity when the offshore business was down. We were involved in Norwegian ferry projects. The Norwegian Government gave a lot of incentives to build environmental-friendly. Zero emission is the goal. They challenged us and other companies, and asked, “can you be ready in two years?”. We said yes.”

The hardware is pretty much the same,” says Svein Ove Farstad. “The difference lays within the software and the integration. For 20-30 years we have been working with shaft generators or gensets, and a switchboard. Now we have a battery system we want to see working in the same way, as a generator. But it doesn’t behave the same way. How do we get all the systems to talk the same language?”

“We needed to learn and interact with a lot of designers and shipowners and to understand very fast what were the requirements. Then we needed to quote. We wanted to bring the standards of the offshore industry in the ferry world.”

“Because of the time pressure of the Government there was no time for R&D in the offices. We needed to install on the ferries and do the development onboard. Each ship is different, with a unique combination of batteries and generators, different routes etc. Each vessel needs a different approach. We learned a lot and I hope it is going to give us a commercial advantage when we start to export our technologic knowledge.”

The Type 936 ferries are designed by Havyard. The hulls were assembled at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey before being towed to Norway for completion.

Click on the photo for technical details.