• 2019 October 11 14:09

    Pa-X-ell2 research project enters the next phase with a consortium of eight project partners

    The Pa-X-ell2 research project is entering the next phase with a consortium of eight project partners. The aim of the companies involved is to investigate and develop a decentralised energy network and a hybrid energy system with a new generation of fuel cells for use on ocean-going passenger ships. The first project meeting took place at MEYER WERFT, the company said in its release.

    Since October 2019 the project consortium of Pa-X-ell2 includes MEYER WERFT, Lürssen Werft, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, DNV GL, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), AIDA Cruises represented by Carnival Maritime GmbH, Besecke automation and EPEA GmbH - Part of Drees & Sommer.

    The current project phase runs until the end of 2021 under the leadership of MEYER WERFT. In addition to the development of the fuel cells, the entire energy system and its integration on board will also be investigated. The development of energy networks and energy management as well as ecological and economic analyses are also part of the project.

    As early as 2014, MEYER WERFT commissioned a fuel cell demonstrator on shore as part of its predecessor project Pa-X-ell. Since 2016, MEYER WERFT has carried out a first test of fuel cells on board the Baltic Sea ferry Mariella. In the new project phase, the new fuel cells will be tested on the cruise ship AIDAnova. AIDAnova is the first cruise ship in the world to operate completely with low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) and was delivered to AIDA Cruises by MEYER WERFT at the end of 2018.

    The fuel cell offers the possibility of even lower emission energy generation on board than is currently possible with LNG. It operates with low emissions, low noise and low vibration. The fuel cell is powered by hydrogen, which is reformed from methanol. This can be generated in the long term with regenerative energies and thus the fuel cell can be operated emission-neutral. Methanol as an energy carrier also offers good properties with regard to the storage volume.

    After intensive tests on land, the fuel cells manufactured by Freudenberg are to be tested for the first time in real operation on board AIDAnova from 2021 onwards. For this reason, the fuel cells from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will also be designed for significantly higher durability. Initial tests have shown that a service life of more than 35,000 operating hours can be achieved.

    The Pa-X-ell2 research project is part of the e4ships cluster, as is the RiverCell2 project, which is carried out to research fuel cells on board river cruise ships. The research projects belong to the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology and are funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.


2019 October 22

15:02 Deltamarin signs design contracts with Merima
14:44 Pella shipyard started mooring trials for lead crab catching vessel of Project 03070
14:10 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
13:02 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S upgrades EBITDA expectation for 2019
12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,846 points
08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

18:25 Navios Acquisition announces $15 mln offering of common stock
18:02 Temasek subsidiary plans to acquire 30.55% of shares in Keppel
17:50 Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route
17:36 Anglo-Eastern signs Cyber MOU with Naval Dome
17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
17:02 Castor Maritime announces vessel acquisition
16:40 Yaroslavsky shipyard launches diving ship '75 Let Pobedy’ built for Transneft UW Service
16:21 Ministerial Conference pushes ratification of Cape Town Agreement
16:16 ACO Marine secures order to design and manufacture a Clarimar MF-3 biological wastewater management system for installation to the luxury yacht
16:09 ABB to bring autonomous technology to the Port of Singapore
16:02 Hunter Group ASA announces delivery of Hunter Saga
15:39 TransContainer reports 9M’19 net profit of RUB 10.426 million, up 68.3% YoY
15:02 Epic Gas completes major refinancing of twenty ships
14:47 Port of Baku becomes first Green Port in Caspian region
14:13 Sulphur 2020: stakeholders prepare for a sea change from 1 January 2020
13:52 USPA starts accepting applications for participation in concession tender of “Olvia Stevedoring Company”
13:34 ABP is ‘calling on all UK technology companies’ to drive innovation
13:13 Innovative vessels visit port of Brussels
12:39 Ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge initiate merger negotiations
12:12 Aker Solutions and EDP Renewables to develop floating wind farm in Ulsan, South Korea
11:55 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Sep’2019 declined by 0.5% to 467.9 million tonnes
11:36 Port of Rotterdam posts Q3 2019 results
11:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.5% to 13.68 million TEUs in Jan-Sep’2019
11:00 CMA CGM launches SHIPFIN TRADE FINANCE, its new range of import and export financing solutions
10:48 Port of Helsinki volumes in January-September down 3.3% to 11.16 million tonnes
10:33 Damen partners with Maris to consider seaweed solution
09:51 One-stop principle is crucial for yachting development in Russia - Igor Levitin
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.29% to $59.25, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.13% to $53.8
09:24 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Oct 21
09:12 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,855 points

2019 October 20

16:05 EDPR and Aker Solutions to develop 500MW floating wind farm in Ulsan, South Korea
15:25 Coast Guard updates port conditions in Gulf Coast region
14:47 Siemens Gamesa bags three new contracts for 359 MW in Chile
13:41 Fincantieri begins project for stretching three small cruise ships of Windstar
12:34 MSC introduces new Spanish rail service for reefer cargo
11:03 USCG, Mexican Navy search for overdue aircraft in Gulf of Mexico
10:12 DOE authorizes LNG exports from the Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Project

2019 October 19

16:12 Bibby Marine appoints Helen Samuels to lead the company into its next phase of development
14:58 Med Marine is building new concept ice class tugs for Svitzer
12:34 Sohar Port & Freezone inaugurate new Svitzer pilot boat duo
11:44 USCG offloads more than $92 million worth of cocaine in San Diego