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The first fully electric tanker arrives from Japan

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Excellent news for the environment directly from the Land of the Rising Sun: Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) will build a propulsion system for a tanker that has the aim of not emitting no CO2, NOx, SOx and particulate emissions. It will therefore be completely electric.

Like Norway, Japan is a maritime nation with a clear path to a green future. The government has already announced ambitious plans to get rid of carbon emissions by 2050, which will require major decarbonisation initiatives in its world-leading maritime sector“, said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, the company that will supply the batteries for the ship, in a statement.

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The whole system will also provide a reduction in noise and vibrations that will limit noise pollution in the bay and surrounding areas (a very important aspect for marine life), as well as for crew members on board. In an emergency, the ship will make its battery available to other ships.

Corvus Energy has already equipped over 400 ships with electric batteries for ships, while “only” a quarter of them are fully electric. Obviously for a tanker you need a very large battery, equivalent to 40 times that of a Tesla Model S. “KHI has significant experience in the design of electrical and marine propulsion systems and this contract demonstrates that we are recognized for our knowledge and ability“finally stated Pradeep Datar, Vice President of Corvus Energy Asia.

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