• Theme: Equipment

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    A Dutch consortium of six companies and research institutes are designing and will construct and operate the world’s first offshore floating solar energy farm.   Led by Leiden-based offshore renewable energy specialists Oceans of Energy, the consortium consists of the Netherlands’ largest energy-related research...

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    Unlike any other vessel afloat, and powered by a solar-hydrogen-wind energy mix, Race for Water is on a bold five-year global circumnavigation, backed by UN Environment, to raise awareness about the urgent need to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans.   Owned by the Swiss Race for Water Foundation (RWF), an...

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    Norwegian-based global maritime industry Wilhelmsen and technology giant Kongsberg have established Massterly, the world’s first autonomous shipping company. The two companies describe Massterly—the name is derived from “Marine Autonomous Surface Ships” (MASS)—as “the next step in autonomous shipping, offering a complete...

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    How smart can a sailboat be? Just ask Kara Technology. The startup, known for its multi-user chart tables, is working on other solutions to make life out on the water easier. It chose the Allures 45.9 sailboat to test its smart EVA system, making it the first fully-connected pleasure craft. One hundred thirty sensors...

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    As in any other sport, spectators watching sailing like to theorize about what they would do if they were in the hot seat themselves. A new buoy positioned on the race course can help by transferring precise wind and current data by WiFi.   What determines the outcome of a sailboat race? There are several factors....

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    The Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) held from February 15-19 features over 1,300 vessels and a lot of innovative products. Among them is the Mercury VesselView Suite, the closest the industry has come to a driverless boat. VesselView displays rpm, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature, trim, and much more...

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    The innovative WaveRoller from Finnish firm AW-Energy generates electricity from waves’ surge.   Surge is the forward and back motion waves make when they travel from deep to shallower waters. That movement flexes WaveRoller’s steel panel, which is fixed to the nearshore seabed at depths between 8-20 meters. The system...

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    Fast & foiling, sustainable & recyclable—and a wider array of sizes and designs. Here are our impressions after touring the biggest boat show on the planet.   This January, almost 2,000 exhibitors from 68 countries occupied 220,000 square meters of exhibition area in Düsseldorf, Germany. These numbers are huge in the...

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    Imagine a fleet of solar-powered rental boats available to all in major cities throughout the world. It’s already happening in six cities, and 150 others are interested. We spoke to Carl Kai Rand, founder of Denmark’s GoBoat.     “You might say that the idea came out of frustration,” said Carl Kai Rand. “I love being...

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    In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with...