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October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018

The Online Boating and Maritime Exhibition

Electric Boating

Dear readers,


In this electrifying issue you’ll read about how electric boating is gaining momentum. Canada for instance has just completed its first fully-electric ferries. And Norway, who has led the introduction of electrically-powered and hybrid vessels, is now developing automated mooring and charging systems for e-ferries across the country.  


On another note, read our stories about Chinese ambitions in the autonomous ship market, the “green innovations” presented at the Grand Pavois show in La Rochelle or the latest trends in diesel outboards. And to keep you on the edge of your seats, our team took to the water to test the all-new RÄVIK board from Awake—a power packed electric machine that provides the rider with a large dose of adrenaline…


Happy reading!

Hot Topics
Electrification will slash emissions by the equivalent of seven million kg of CO2 annually.
Artist's impression of the smaller ferry. (Credit: Damen Shipyards)

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Innovative green technology in the marine industry is developing fast and electric boating in particular is gaining momentum. An example illustrating this is that Canada has just completed its first fully-electric ferries. Being built by Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards for the province of Ontario, the ferries will...

The Ampere, a zero-emissions ferry (Credit: Bloomberg photo by Carina Johansen)


Global maritime infrastructure specialist Cavotec has won a €9 million “breakthrough” order for 40 of its MoorMaster automated mooring systems (AMS) that will equip electric ferry ports across Norway.   Following its stated aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40%, Norway has led the introduction of...

Artist's depiction of the ZeeTug. (Credit: BMA Technology)


Turkish ship designer and builder Navtek Naval Technologies is currently constructing the world’s first zero-emissions, battery-powered, all-electric tug with an energy storage system (ESS) supplied by Canadian-Norwegian specialists Corvus Energy.   Being built for GİSAŞ Shipbuilding Industry, Navtek’s 18.7-m-long...

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eJET 450 turbine (Credit: Torqeedo)

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Together with the world leader in marine electric propulsion, Germany-based Torqeedo, Avon (Zodiac Nautic Group) has developed the eJET 450. This 100% electric tender “solves the most pressing problems faced by yacht owners,” according to Torqeedo: carrying fuel for tenders, changing oil, dealing with reliability...

The SoelCat 12 solar-powered electric catamaran (Credit: Soel Yachts)

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The SoelCat 12 is a solar-powered electric catamaran. According to Soel Yachts, the boat is “integrally designed” for electric propulsion right from the first lines drawing to the matched propeller. The lightweight yet tough and durable fiberglass construction, along with the large solar roof and the super slender...

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Industry News
That’s a big advantage for us compared to our competitors to be allowed to test autonomous ships in real conditions.
(Credit: Oceanalpha)


Chinese ambitions in the autonomous ship market are moving into a new era. NauticExpo e-magazine talked to Ran Zhang, International Business General Manager at Oceanalpha, a Chinese company specializing in unmanned surface vessel (USV) manufacturing. According to him, the Middle Kingdom has an enormous advantage in...

The Echodrone (Credit: Klaas De Scheirder)

In a technical breakthrough with global implications, Europe’s second largest port, Antwerp, is trialling an unmanned, autonomous hydrographic survey vessel called Echodrone. A prototype developed to supplement Echo, the port’s other, conventional, hydrographic vessel, Echodrone is being tested throughout the...

ASV and Metal Shark's Sharktech autonomous vessel. (Credit: Metal Shark)

US-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has partnered with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to offer Sharktech autonomous technology on its entire portfolio of vessels.   Metal Shark’s range runs from sub-5-m-long to over 90-m-long vessels in aluminum, steel, and composites that are designed for commercial as...

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Artist's interpretation of Libas. (Credit: Salt Ship Design)


Being built by Cemre Shipyard in Istanbul for Norwegian fishing group Liegruppen, the purse-seiner Libas will feature a MAN Diesel & Turbo system and be the world’s first fishing vessel with LNG propulsion.   Designed by Norway-based Salt Ship Design, Libas will be 86 m long, have a 17.8 m beam, and be equipped for both...

Artist's impression of a fuel cell-powered liner. (Credit: ABB)

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Technology company ABB and fuel cell specialist Ballard Power Systems are jointly developing a sustainable, zero-emission fuel cell power plant for shipping—and have the booming cruise industry firmly in their sights.   ABB and Ballard will optimize and expand existing kilowatt-scale fuel cell technologies to create a...

The Plastic Odyssey’s goal is to launch the first round-the-world expedition on a boat powered solely by plastic waste.
Plastic pollution problem: Sea Turtle eats plastic bottle. (Credit: BigStock)


Defense of the environment was one of the highlights of the Grand Pavois show in La Rochelle (in western France) from September 26th to October 1st.   Created in 1973, the Grand Pavois La Rochelle has become one of the major events of the nautical industry’s international calendar and is now one of the biggest...

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Boat Trials
The loosely agreed upon industry term of "Jet Boarding" for the time being at least best describes the sport.
The RÄVIK (Credit: Awake)

NauticExpo e-magazine takes to the water to test the all-new RÄVIK board from Awake—a power packed electric machine “that provides the riders with an amount of adrenaline that will keep them awake for the next 24 hours,” as described by the Swedish company.   September in Europe is highly anticipated by the nautical...

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Diesel outboard recently splashed and have some impressive stats. (Credit: Neander Shark)

Diesel outboard from Oxe and D-torque recently made a splash and have some impressive stats so we took them out on the water to see how they performed.   Commercial boating is all about costs so reducing them by cheaper running, long service intervals and above all, reliability are some of the reasons for the...


Rowan Gyde

A native New Zealander who previously worked in the marine leisure and superyacht industries, currently based in Southern France balancing content management for NauticExpo and writing for NauticExpo e-magazine.

Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house English translator.

Kevin Green

Kevin Green is a Sydney-based yachting journalist who contributes to international boating publications.


Celia Sampol

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She’s the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.

Tony Slinn

Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.