zoomIllustration of the new Havila Kystruten ships; Image Courtesy: Havyard Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems Corvus Energy has signed a contract with Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) for the marine world’s largest battery package for hybrid-powered vessels.As informed, the technology will be installed onboard Havila Kystruten’s environmentally-friendly coastal vessels.“This is a big step for the cruising industry and we are extremely proud to receive this order… The Energy Storage System (ESS) is the world’s largest package ever delivered to a ship and will enable the vessels to enter fjords and ECAs on zero emission mode five years before the deadline,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, said.Corvus Energy will deliver an air-cooled ESS with Corvus’ patented single-cell thermal isolation which exceeds class requirements.“The Energy Storage System has a capacity per vessel of 6,100 kWh, which is double the capacity of any existing battery-operated vessel,” Roger Rosvold, Vice President Sales at Corvus Energy, explained. “The unused potential for using batteries on board cruise and passenger ferries is huge. Batteries reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs, cut pollution and, with increasing environmental regulations and requirements that will incur costs for air emissions, provide a very compelling business case.”“As more and more shipowners wake up to this, we expect to see uptake accelerating across the board. The industry is just starting to understand the power of batteries,” Rosvold further said.The newbuilds are part of Havila’s contract with Norwegian Ministry of Transport for the construction of four environmentally-friendly vessels that will operate on the Bergen-Kirkenes coastal route.Two of the vessels will be built by Turkish shipbuilder Tersan and the remaining by Spanish Barreras. Featuring a length of 125 meters and a width of 20 meters, the ships will be able to accommodate 700 passengers.The vessels will have a hybrid gas-electric propulsion system with battery, where four gas-powered engines in each vessel run the generators. The system is also adapted to the next generation of technology, using hydrogen fuel cells.The equipment from Corvus Energy is scheduled for delivery in 2020 and the coastal route vessels will be in service from 2021.
The City of San Antonio will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual series of events that includes one of the nation’s largest Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Monday, January 20.A testament to Dr. King’s lasting impact on all Americans, this local City-sponsored march annually attracts approximately 100,000 participants and ends with a Commemorative Program featuring renowned guest speakers and performers, entertainment and more.“The fact that our city hosts one of the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. marches in the nation reflects why San Antonio is a city on the rise,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. “People of all backgrounds throughout history have found a place in San Antonio’s diverse cultural communities.”Since 1987, the City of San Antonio has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King with annual events and the historic March. This year’s commemoration celebrates the theme, “Realizing the Dream: Jobs, Justice and Freedom,” with a series of events including an oratorical contest for junior high and high school students; a day of service with volunteers participating in various projects along the march route; the Wreath-laying Ceremony honoring the life, struggles and accomplishments of Dr. King; the Citywide Interfaith Service; and more events taking place January 10-26.Also as part of its annual commemoration, the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission administers a scholarship program to help fund a portion of the college tuition of several deserving students, regardless of race or ethnicity. Each year, the Commission awards thousands of dollars in scholarships.“The City of San Antonio’s annual commemoration of Dr. King continues to focus largely on youth and education so that families can come together to remember Dr. King and learn about his principles and beliefs,” said San Antonio District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, Honorary Chair of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. “By engaging parents and children at all levels, the community can work together to ensure that the legacy of Dr. King is preserved for future generations.”Several renowned guests are scheduled to participate in the multi-day commemoration. Renowned economist, author and commentator, Dr. Julianne Malveaux,will speak at the MLK, Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. International superstar Sean Paul will serve as the special musical guest at the Youth Empowerment Summit on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Philip’s College, and will perform a medley of his hit songs, including his latest single, “Want Dem All.” Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple of Baltimore, Maryland, and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, will present remarks at the Commemorative Program on January 20.For more information on the City of San Antonio’s annual commemoration, the scholarship program, and a complete list of events, visit www.sanantonio.gov/mlk.Source:PR Newswire