Christensen shipyard launches 50m Chasseur

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After launching 50m superyacht SILVER LINING less than a week ago, Christensen has launched a second luxury yacht from its shipyard: 50m CHASSEUR. This feat was accomplished using a unique in-house built pulley system. A 130,000 pound steel cradle was turned into ‘a safe and reliable mini-dry dock launcher’ to overcome the issue of low water at launch. The Christensen shipyard has risen to the challenges presented to the luxury yacht market in recent years to come back stronger than ever.

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING, launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

CHASSEUR will be available for charter in the Caribbean this winter season. Contact CharterWorld for more details and pricing.

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P/R: Veteran crew sailing around UK coast

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The charity ‘Turn to Starboard’ is helping UK veterans suffering from physical health issues or mental trauma to reintegrate and learn new skills. 38 veterans will voyage on an 8 week counter-clockwise course around the UK, starting from and returning to Falmouth in Cornwall. The following is a press release for the Turn to Starboard charity.

Press Release

Veteran crew depart from Newcastle on their epic bid to sail around the UK coast

A team of veterans affected by military operations have just left Newcastle after a quick stop-off before continuing on their challenge to sail 2,000 miles around the British Isles, on the International Paint sponsored Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge.

The Turn to Starboard crew in Newcastle

The Turn to Starboard crew in Newcastle

The voyage, which is also being supported by The Endeavour Fund, began in Falmouth earlier this month. The epic journey is expected to last eight weeks, with the team of 38 veterans stopping at ports across the country including Isle of Wight, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Glasgow and Liverpool, where crowds have been gathering to cheer the crew on.

The team – many with little or no sailing experience – are circumnavigating Britain anti-clockwise on board a 92-foot tall ship to help participants re-engage, reintegrate and gain new skills to help start new careers across the world. Some of the veterans will sail the complete expedition whilst others will join for shorter sections of the voyage. They will be joined by two additional yachts also crewed by ex-serviceman and women to meet the unexpectedly high number of applicants.

Alan Purdy is one such veteran who was met in Newcastle yesterday by his wife and daughter offering their support for the crew. Alan suffered devastating injuries following a fall from his horse whilst on duty serving in the Household Cavalry. As a result of the accident, he suffered brain and spinal injuries and has spent the last 15 years in recovery, gradually putting his life back together. But, now he is embarking on this sailing challenge of a lifetime.

Alan commented: “The Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge is for such a worthwhile cause and all the participating veterans are honoured to be involved. There’s a real sense of camaraderie among the team as we pull together to complete the journey – it’s just like being back in the forces. When sailing everything has to be pre-planned and regimented, which fits in perfectly with the way I now work following my accident. We all see sailing as a way forward and a positive experience for each one of us to accomplish. It’s also great to be involved in something that will make my family proud.”

Turn to Starboard was set up three years ago by former RAF leader and CEO, Shaun Pascoe. The charity has helped hundreds of military personnel suffering with physical injuries or mental trauma by providing RYA courses and family sailing trips in a unique and supportive environment. Shaun, who will also be taking part in the challenge, was the leader of a helicopter medical emergency response team. After finding it difficult to adjust to normal life outside of the forces, he embarked on a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster course, and within two weeks of sailing he felt in a better place. He now invests his time in helping others to feel the same.

Shaun commented: “For most of our participants leaving the military, particularly on medical discharge, sees them facing significant challenges, with some losing the true comradeship and sense of purpose that is so important in a military setting. The Round Britain adventure aims to help them readjust by providing the same level of challenge in the company of those who have experienced the same testing conditions. The crew are expected to experience physical exertion and sleep deprivation while overcoming the psychological challenges of living and working in a turbulent natural environment. We are looking forward to the challenge and helping those taking part to regain the sense of value and the belonging they were once so proud of.”

The lead sponsor of the initiative is AkzoNobel’s International coatings brand which is supporting the project and providing essential products from their range of leading yacht coatings, to help prepare the boats for the challenge, and ensure the crew enjoy optimum performance.

Stuart Melville, Global Marketing Support Specialist at AkzoNobel, commented: “This is a fantastic challenge for such a worthy charity and we are delighted to be supporting the team as they fulfil the two month journey. Our team will be offering advice and support to ensure the boat is in top condition and the team are ready to conquer the challenge. We are looking forward to giving them a big welcome at a number of the stops along their journey.”

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Racing: days two and three in Palma de Mallorca

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After three intense days of racing, the 20th Superyacht Cup in Palma de Mallorca has drawn to a close. Every crew put in a prime performance that made for attention-grabbing races on all three days of the event. The following article summarises the class winners for days 2 and 3 and names the overall winner of the 20th Superyacht Cup.

Day 2:

As spectators gathered, the second day of racing saw a repeat appearance of the perfect weather from the day before. 22 stunning superyachts prepared for the custom courses where participants in Classes A and B were to race 21.1 nm and Classes C and D needed to cover a shorter distance of 14.3 nm.

Sailing yacht KIBOKO DOS – Image © Claire Matches

When racing began at 13:00 the sea breeze blew around 8-11 knots. This was all the invitation 32m SEA WAVE required to be first across the starting line for Class A, followed closely by 45m MARI CHA III and 33m INOUÏ.

SEA WAVE took the lead from the first mark as WIN WIN and INOUÏ piled on the pressure in the race to the next mark.  It was only once WIN WIN passed the second mark that she caught up with the race leader and pulled ahead to become the first to reach the fourth and fifth markers and become the winner of Class A.

In Class B, P2 proved her worth once more, passing 35m SOJANA at the third mark 2 minutes and 55 seconds ahead before taking first place again, pushing GANESHA into second place.

Class C began neck and neck as TEMPUS FUGIT, KIBOKO DOS, STAY CALM, FIREBIRD and HEARTBEAT all rounded the first mark within one minute and nine seconds of each other. STAY CALM and KIBOKO DOS continued to compete for first as the second mark approached, but KIBOKO DOS broke out in front and won in Class C.

Two-masted gaff schooner MARIETTE of 1915 raced against 42m NAEMA and 60m GERMANIA NOVA to take the lead in Class D, making it her second win of the regatta. Second place went to new participant NAEMA, who finished 9 minutes and 42 seconds behind the lead.


Day 3:

The final day of the Palma de Mallorca Regatta was expected to have the lightest winds: 8-12 knots in the morning and 6-10 knots from 14:00. The race committee chose two courses designed to test each crew’s skill: a 20.6 mn course for Class A and a 17.8 nm course for Classes B, C and D.

Sailing yacht P2 – Image © Claire Matches


The racing day began at 13:00 as Class A SEA WAVE took the lead to round the first marker with Mari Cha III and Inouï following close behind. Mari Cha III overtook SEA WAVE in an effort to reach the second mark first and pull ahead. However, Mari Cha III was not the only yacht to overtake SEA WAVE and in the end  it was WIN WIN and UNFURLED who fought to reach the third mark ahead of the competition. In a similar scenario to day one, WIN WIN, SAUDADE AND UNFURLED competed for the fourth mark and the finish line, but it was UNFURLED who drew ahead to cross the finish line 1 minute 4 seconds ahead of SAUDADE.

P2 made great time from the very start of the Class B race, going on ahead of the rest of the competition to beat SOJANA to the third Porrasa mark by 1 minute and 45 seconds. As P2 passed the fourth mark and crossed the finish line it was regatta veteran GANESHA who was trailing closest behind.

Class C saw a close fight between TEMPUS FUGIT, KIBOKO DOS and newcomer FIREBIRD. The latter 27m sailing yacht pushed ahead of the two winners from earlier races, but couldn’t keep up the pace. 28m KIBOKO DOS closed the distance and overtook before the fourth mark, creating a gap of 1 minute and 44 seconds between them as she crossed the finish line.

MARIETTE of 1915 won both the first and second Class D races and intended to add a third win against competitors NAEMA and GERMANIA NOVA. After making it past the first and second marks ahead of her rivals, MARIETTE of 1915 was overtaken by GERMANIA NOVA who went on to finish 3 minutes and 49 seconds out in front.

Once corrections were applied, the overall class winners were:

Class A – WIN WIN

Class B – P2


Class D – MARIETTE of 1915

The winner of the Superyacht Cup 2016 was from Class A: WIN WIN. Her captain, Clive Walker, told spectators: “I’ve got a huge smile on my face. We’ve been trying to win a regatta ever since we launched the boat two years ago and we’ve finally done it, which is a huge relief. To be part of this team for the last eight years and having won [in the past with Scorpione dei Mari] as well is incredible, just fantastic. A win-win situation!”

At the regatta’s 20th prize-giving ceremony, the WIN WIN crew held high the winner’s trophy the ‘Big Bent Cleat’, looking as impressive as ever on its newly refitted base.

The Superyacht Cup also presented a €11,000 cheque to the Joves Navegants charity, a long-running sailing initiative on the island designed to improve the lives of underprivileged boys and girls. Donations give the chance for 8 young adults in a drug dependency programme the chance to sail 21m GALAXIE and learn about yacht maintenance, sail preparation and steering at sea. Other projects from Joves Navegants include circumnavigating Mallorca and Menorca and La Ruta de la Sal, a sailing regatta where at risk young adults sail GALAXIE between Barcelona and Ibiza.

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Martha Ann available for Mediterranean charter

June 28, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

70m/230ft luxury yacht MARTHA ANN is currently available for charter in the Mediterranean. Built by Lurssen in 2008 and refitted in 2014, superyacht MARTHA ANN is a perfect luxury charter for getaways that want to make the most of seascapes such as the sparkling waters of Croatia or the lagoons of St Thomas.

M/Y Martha Ann

M/Y Martha Ann

The classic, opulent interiors were designed by world renowned Zuretti who chose glass chandeliers to complement the custom wooden panelling found throughout the superyacht. A lift (elevator) will take guests through most floors, providing easy access from the guest cabins to the Jacuzzi and gym. All the latest technology, including video on demand and iPod docks can be found integrated into the lavish furnishings, so you can relax in old world surroundings while you watch the latest films.

Superyacht Martha Ann - Main saloon

Superyacht Martha Ann – Main saloon

Superyacht Martha Ann - Gym

Superyacht Martha Ann – Gym

The exterior provides plenty of sunbathing and alfresco dining opportunities over its six decks, including a large bar within close proximity of the sunpads on the upper aft deck and a wet bar attached to the swimming pool on the deck below.

There are plenty of skills to learn on MARTHA ANN, which is an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre. Learn to sail, water ski, kayak, fish or scuba dive in the holiday destination of your choice with a fully trained and experienced on-board instructor. For more informal fun in the water, there are plenty of inflatable water toys, towables and snorkelling gear for shallow water. 3 tenders ranging from 8m to 13.5m are available to ferry guests to and from isolated beaches and diving spots.

MARTHA ANN’S interior layout sleeps 12 guests in 7 rooms: 1 master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins, 1 triple cabin and 2 pullman beds. She can also carry up to 21 crew members, ensuring a relaxing atmosphere with the services of skilled professionals.

Superyacht Martha Ann - Master suite

Superyacht Martha Ann – Master suite

Luxury yacht MARTHA ANN is available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer and in the Caribbean this winter at €600,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to find out more information and to make your booking.

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New 50m superyacht Euphoria launched

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Turkish builder Mayra yachts has launched 50m/164ft luxury yacht EUPHORIA. Created by renowned Ken Freivokh Design, EUPHORIA is a four deck superyacht that proudly uses state of the art glass technology to create panoramic views on multiple decks. Able to withstand severe weather, the glazed bulwarks further open up the vessel to the seascape.  Her layout is designed to accommodate up to 10 guests and 10 crew i modern comfort.

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA - Mayra yachts

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA – Mayra yachts

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Facilities expand to meet demand in Dutch superyacht market

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

25 luxury yacht deliveries are expected from Dutch yacht builders in 2016. In 2015, Dutch shipyards launched 22 superyachts – six more than the year before – and totalling a worth of €1.18 billion. On top of the 22 launches in 2015, members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group also received 24 new superyacht orders, which was an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2014.

Feadship - New Amsterdam facility location

Feadship – New Amsterdam facility location

The recent increase in demand for superyachts has created an atmosphere for expansion in the Netherlands. Feadship has recently announced it will open a fourth manufacturing and refit facility in Amsterdam, and fellow members of HISWA Holland Yachting Group are finding creative solutions to the escalation in orders and deliveries.

“There are a number of key reasons why the superyacht industry in the Netherlands has come through the global downturn in rude health,” Jeroen Sirag, export director for the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, comments. “One critical factor has been a longstanding commitment to investing in the future during both good times and lean, with Dutch yards keen to ensure they retain their globally recognised lead in quality and innovation. The same applies to the Dutch equipment suppliers who consistently seek new ways to ensure their first-class products and technologies adorn the finest superyacht builds both in the Netherlands and further afield.”

Heesen Yachts has expanded to meet growing demand from clients for larger superyachts by constructing a new 85 metre dry dock in Oss. The facility is expected to be operational by October this year. The sailing yacht sector has also seen expansion: Royal Huisman and Holland Jachtbouw have both increased their build hall capacity.

Heesen Yachts - GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Heesen Yachts – GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Dutch marine equipment supply companies are also making significant changes. Hydromar Marine Equipment moved to a new production facility during 2015 to strengthen its relationship with Cramm Yachting Systems as they continue to make and market superyacht hydraulics. Van Berge Henegouwen has not only moved into Amsterdam offices which include a professional workshop and testing facilities, they have also opened a new office in Antibes, France to be ‘closer to the yachts and… improve support and service for our customers’.

Van Berge Henegouwen isn’t the only company expanding abroad as Huisman Maritiem, Heinen & Hopman add offices and facilities across the Mediterranean and De Keizer opens its seventh location in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“All these new initiatives and investments showcase how the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group are looking to continue offering the best possible services to their clients,” concludes Sirag. “Equally important, of course, is the industry-leading experience and skills of the workforce at the various yards and supply companies. This remains the backbone of the Dutch superyacht cluster and the number one reason why Holland continues to rule the waves.”

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Heysea Yachts reveals latest 47m hull design

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Heysea 152 concept image

Established in 2007, Heysea is the leading manufacturer of luxury yachts in China. Its design and development team has more than two decades in the industry and over 400 experienced builders and technicians.

The Heysea Yachts shipyard based in Guangdong, China has recently unveiled its new 47 meter superyacht design: Heysea 152. Initially designed for an existing client, the first Heysea 152 was destined for Shenzhen. However, when no berth could be found that was large enough to accommodate the 47m/154ft locally, the client selected a different model from the same shipyard. The order is expected to be completed later this year.

Built incorporating flat surfaces and strong angles which are popular in contemporary Chinese design, Heysea 152 is a grandiose yacht ready for a buyer to put their personal stamp on the interior design and layout.

Heysea 152 concept image

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ISS celebrates innovative builders with new award

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The International Superyacht Society has created an award to recognise and celebrate the innovation and achievement of luxury yacht designers and builders that adhere to the Passenger Yacht Code.



“The purpose of the 13-36 Passenger Yacht Code (PYC)… is to provide design criteria, construction standards and other safety measures for yachts carrying 13 to 36 passengers so as to minimise the risk to such ships, to the personnel on board and to the environment.” – The Red Ensign Group (Passenger Yacht Code Fifth Edition – January 2015)


The PYC Design Award will be judged based upon criteria from one of the authors of the Passenger Yacht Code and it will become a permanent addition to the ISS’s other respected design awards:

  • 20-40m power
  • 40-65m power
  • 65+ power
  • 24-40 sail
  • 40m+ sail
  • Best interior
  • Best refit

Derik Wagner, ISS President, commented, “We believe that building a yacht to any code is challenging and remarkable. We also believe that those professionals and owners that have designed and built a PYC yacht should be identified and encouraged to continue in the development of technologies and design solutions that meet the most challenging yacht building codes while meeting the highest living environment and aesthetic achievement.”

Since only a few yachts have currently been built to the Passenger Yacht Code and this is the first year of issuing the award, the International Superyacht Society has decided to include all PYC yachts delivered up to and including 2016. For 2017 onwards, the award will select eligibility using the same time frame as the other design awards: yachts built from the 1st of May until the 30th of April in the following year.

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Medevac for clipper race crew member successful

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

On Friday the 24th, a Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew member from aboard the IchorCoal was airlifted to hospital after experiencing severe chest pains.

Chris Drummond, 62, from High Wycombe, UK was in the North Atlantic Ocean 220 miles from Canada’s Nova Scotian coast when the symptoms first appeared. ClipperTelemed+, the race’s Emergency Medical Support Partner, provided remote assistance and he was stabilised by one of the team’s two on board medics. Due to the nature of the symptoms, it was decided that a medical evacuation was the best option for Chris’s health. The Canadian Defense Department sent a C130 helicopter to airlift Chris to safety.

Clipper Round the World Race 2016 - IchorCoal

Clipper Round the World Race 2016 – IchorCoal

However, due to strong prevailing winds the initial plan had to be abandoned. On the second attempt in calmer conditions, two Rescue 913 helicopter crew were lowered onto the IchorCoal before winching Chris to safety at 0914 UTC. Chris was then taken to Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II hospital where he has received further treatment.

Rich Gould, the Skipper aboard the IchorCoal, stated:

“This might be an amateur race, but from what I have seen from my team in the past 24 hours I can assure the crew are anything but!

“The total time of the whole operation was little more than 30 minutes from when Rescue 913 began to track us for the primary plan.  Once we changed to the secondary plan it took 14 minutes from the time that we made contact with their guide line.  It was very impressive stuff – 14 minutes to lower two men, collect the casualty and extract all three people.

“I must say a massive thank you to all involved in the rescue, everyone from the Clipper Race team to the doctors at ClipperTelemed+, each operator that I was in contact with from Falmouth, UK, the USA and Canada, both on the phone and via email, the air crews of both the C130 and Rescue 913 and of course the winchmen that came down on the wire.

“Myself and the crew would like to wish Chris a swift recovery.  We are thinking of you.”

The IchorCoal has returned to where it left the race to Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland and continues to head across the Atlantic Ocean. Current race standings can be found here.

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P/R: Winners announced for Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards

June 26, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

As electric and hybrid technology has become more efficient, a greater number of luxury yacht builders are implementing such systems in their builds. 84m/274ft SAVANNAH from Feadship in 2015 was the first luxury motor yacht to incorporate hybrid technology: the first hybrid sailing yacht was Royal Huisman’s ETHEREAL in 2008. To celebrate the innovation and achievement in this area, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards acknowledge the very best marine technology from the world over. The following is a press release from UKIP Media & Events.

Press Release

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards winners announced

  • Awards ceremony returns for a third consecutive year, honouring the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena
  • Wärtsilä ends ABB’s two-year dominance as Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, while Corvus Energy scoops two on the bounce for Supplier of the Year
  • Awards presented live at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, Amsterdam RAI, Thursday 23 June

The winners of the third annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced yesterday (23 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champion the best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and are supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.

The five winners of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards


An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.

Beating off fierce competition from Feadship, Damen, Østensjø Rederi and the US Navy, Caledonian Maritime Assets won the coveted Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award for a second time in three years, for its MV Catriona hybrid ro-ro passenger and vehicle ferry. Launched in December 2015, the US$17.7m diesel-electric vessel is able to carry 150 passengers and 23 cars, and performs 10 return crossings a day.

Two Saft Seanergy systems are at the heart of its diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, providing a total of 800kWh of energy storage that powers the vessel in battery mode only and in hybrid mode in combination with a diesel generator. As a result, MV Catriona saves up to 30% in fuel compensation and CO2emissions, using just 500-600 litres of fuel a day instead of 700-800 litres of fuel as used by conventional diesel-electric propulsion systems.

In the Innovation of the Year category, Norsepower’s Rotor Sail solution clinched victory, with the judges impressed by its spinning cylinders that allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing enough power to maintain speed and voyage time. It beat off fierce competition in the form of ABB’s Dynamic AC Electric power system, Akasol’s AKARack scalable lithium-ion energy storage solution, the Cell-Cool and Thermal-Stop energy management system by PBES, the Aziprop electric pod motor by Fischer Panda and the variable-speed genset by Hybrid Power Systems.

In the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year category, Wärtsilä ended ABB’s two-year dominance by clinching the award for its sublime year, which saw a tie-up with Cavotec to jointly develop the world’s first combined induction charging and automotive mooring concept, the creation of a concept for a series of zero- and low-emissions hybrid shuttle ferries; and the supply of a complete electrical propulsion system to the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation cruise vessels. The category also saw nominations for ABB, Visedo Marine, Torqeedo, GE Power Conversion, Transfluid and Fischer Panda.

The Chief Engineer of the Year award went to Pieter Dijkstra, managing director of Visedo Marine, for spearheading the development, delivery and installation of the full drivetrain solution for the E-ferry project. The E-ferry has the largest battery capacity of any ferry in the world, and will be placed in service in June 2017 to transport vehicles and passengers between Ærø island and Denmark’s mainland. Dijkstra also oversaw the supply installation of the complete LNG-electric propulsion drivetrain for the Damen Eco-Liner inland vessel. The judges also noted that Dijkstra played a key role in the company’s acquisition of Dutch integrator and powertrain manufacturer Electric Power Conversion in January 2016.

In the final category, the Supplier of the Year title went to Corvus Energy for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the Canadian energy storage system supplier enjoyed another prosperous year, which saw it integrate a 195kWH Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) into a propulsion system powering the world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel. 2015 also saw the company announce its latest ESS platform, Orca, and it provided ESSs for an additional nine retrofit hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering. The company also fostered the development of an advanced lithium-ion battery technology. To date, Corvus technology powers more than 50 commercial hybrid and electric maritime installations. This category also included nominations for Eco Marine Power, Stadt, Echandia Marine and Aradex.

John Thornton, editor of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, said, “It’s been another exceptional year for electric and hybrid marine technology, which has been echoed by the strength of this year’s nominees. It was certainly no easy task for the jury panel, and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for the quantity and quality of pioneering innovation produced over the past year.”

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