• David Armes

Student ferry design competition, Navy’s unmanned “Ghost Fleet”, Aker carbon capture as a service

It’s Good News Monday!



This Monday we talk about:

  1. Amazon ferry: WFSA announces winners of student ferry design competition

  2. Navy’s Second ‘Ghost Fleet’ Unmanned Ship Makes Long-Range Transit from Gulf to West Coast

  3. bp teams up with Quaybridge to accelerate offshore wind growth

  4. Kotug to provide training at Australian maritime simulation centre

  5. Aker Launches Carbon Capture as a Service Offering



Amazon ferry: WFSA announces winners of student ferry design competition


First place Amazon river Ferry rendering

“First place went to the team from Bremen Hochschule (credit: WFSA)”. Image from Riviera.


“The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced the award-winning teams for the eighth Annual International Student Design Competition for a safe, affordable ferry.” The task for this year was to design a 300 person ferry with vehicle and cargo storage, outdoor hammocks, and the ability to travel on a 20 hour trip. Features were also needed to prevent COVID-19 virus transmission. Twelve teams submitted designs winning almost $10,000 in total across the top four teams. Check out the full list in the original article.




Navy’s Second ‘Ghost Fleet’ Unmanned Ship Makes Long-Range Transit from Gulf to West Coast


USV Nomad on the ocean with another Navy vessel

“Ghost Fleet Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel NOMAD. Department of Defense photo”. Image from gCaptain.


An unmanned U.S. Navy “Ghost Fleet Overlord” vessel completed its second long distance transit, navigating autonomously from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast via the Panama Canal. 98 percent of the 4,421 nautical miles were in autonomous mode. The vessel, Nomad, was controlled remotely “from an ashore Unmanned Operations Center operated by U.S. Navy Sailors from Surface Development Squadron One.” This is the second Ghost Fleet Overlord vessel to make the journey after Ranger completed a similar mission in October 2020. The program seeks to reduce risks with these new unmanned surface vessels and has two more USVs in construction.




bp teams up with Quaybridge to accelerate offshore wind growth


Offshore wind farm at sunset

Offshore wind farm. Image from bp.


Quaybridge and bp have entered into an exclusive consultancy agreement to grow bp’s offshore wind portfolio as part of its zero-carbon strategy. Quaybridge is a renewables consultancy based in the UK, and will support bp’s efforts across the globe. bp has a partnership with Equinor for United States offshore wind projects and wants to get from 3.3GW of renewable energy in 2020 to 50GW by 2030.




Kotug to provide training at Australian maritime simulation centre


Kotug simulation with a vessel

“AMC recently installed two Rotortug simulator bridges, the first of its kind on Tasmania and Australia’s east coast (source: Australian Maritime College)”. Image from Riviera.


Kotug and the Australian Maritime College (AMC) have signed an MoU for “training tug masters, ships’ crews and pilots in Australia by certified Kotug trainers at AMC’s training facilities in Tasmania.” AMC has a simulation center in Tasmania and has an increased demand for professionals as ports and terminals request joint pilot tug master training. Kotug is ISO 9001 certified and has high level trainers at the Tasmania center. Their training consists of classroom learning, simulator training, and on board experience.




Aker Launches Carbon Capture as a Service Offering


Globe over an industrial complex with CO2 on it capturing the emissions

“Credit:Dmitry Kovalchuk/AdobeStock”. Image from Offshore Engineer.


Aker Carbon Capture (ACC) is launching a service for removing carbon emissions from industrial processes, including storage. The Norwegian company saw carbon prices almost double over the last year in the UK and created this solution where companies simply pay by the ton to have the carbon captured and stored. The company has not yet said what that price will be, but “The world needs to sharply scale up technology to capture and utilise or store CO2 emissions from industrial processes to meet global climate goals, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.”



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