Maritime electrification company Echandia starts branch office in Norway

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The Swedish company Echandia, a leading developer of battery systems for maritime electrification, expands in the Norwegian market through the appointment of industry veteran Roy Storeng to lead the business development for Echandia in Norway.

Roy has an extensive background from the maritime and transport industry in Norway and abroad.

Echandia is a leading developer of zero-emission energy solutions for heavy-duty maritime electrification. Echandia has customers in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, including Cochin Shipyards, building the world’s largest fleet of electric ferries in Kochi, India, and the major global shipyard Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands.

Two Tenders For Maritime Continuity Between Italy Mainland And Islands Launched

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Italy’s transport ministry has just launched two separate tenders for the next cycle of the maritime continuity with the islands.

Tender for:

  1. The regular link between the Sardinian ports of Arbatax, Olbia and Civitavecchia which will have to be served for five years with two ro-pax ships. Tender price is EUR 83 million.
  2. The regular link between the port of Termoli and the Tremiti islands for the next three years: in this case tender price is EUR 20 million and one high-speed vessel is required.

Deadline for submitting the offers is April 20.


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Some Indications on the Next Tender for the Maritime Continuity in Italy

Italy’s transport ministry officially announced a public consultation among the ferry companies which will last until next September 24, in order to understand which are the operators’ intentions about the maritime continuity with the main islands (Sardinia, Sicily and Tremiti).

The former scheme, through which Rome paid Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione (Moby group) EUR 72 million per year since mid-2012, expired on July 18 but was postponed until February 28, 2021.

First indications reported by the Transport ministry in a purpose-built paper suggest that different tenders might be launched for some specific routes or market areas and that more than one company could operate with public subsidies on the same link. In case of high prices there might be some sort of subsidies directly addressed to the final users, thus introducing the model existing in Spain.

As of today the following routes are those included for the full year in the public subsidies scheme in Italy: Cagliari-Palermo, Napoli-Cagliari, Civitavecchia-Cagliari-Arbatax, Genova-Olbia-Arbatax and Termoli-Tremiti (served with ro-pax ships) and Ravenna-Brindisi-Catania and Livorno-Cagliari (with ro-ro cargo vessels).

The three maritime links Napoli-Palermo, Genova-Porto Torres and Civitavecchia-Olbia are included in the scheme from October to May and operated without subsidies during the summer season.

The Napoli-Palermo is likely to be cancelled as publicly supported line while for all the other routes analyses by the Minister are still underway.


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Powercell Sign Development Contract For Maritime Zero Emissions Solution With Havyard Group

PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a contract with Norwegian Havyard Group ASA regarding the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero-emissions fuel cell system. The system may come to be installed on board a vessel that will service the shipping company Havila Kystruten’s new route from Bergen to Kirkenes.

The one-year contract concerns the development of the design and the technical specifications for a zero emissions system fully classifiable and in conformity with IMO maritime safety requirements. The system solution that PowerCell and Havyard jointly will design, will be based on several marinized 200kW fuel cell system modules connected in parallel with a total power of 3.2 megawatts.