ICE’s longstanding effort of designing ships that use fuel more efficiently – and thus emit less Green House Gases (GHG) – has traditionally involved optimising the shape of ships’ underwater hulls to minimise resistance, and selection of effective propellers to match the intended service. Traditionally, ICE’s inhouse 280 m long towing tank test facility and world-standard cavitation tunnel with its associated laboratories and workshops were the main tools in these efforts.
With the increased world-wide focus on GHG emission, ICE has since 2009 been active in the offshore wind market by designing both wind turbine installation (WTI) vessels and service offshore vessels (SOVs) for maintenance of offshore windfarms. ICE has also designed and built a zero-emission solar-powered demonstration boat, and this year entered into a cooperation agreement with the world’s leading designer and supplier of battery-powered energy saving systems (ESS) for ships. Currently, ICE is a key participant in development of the patented SKYTUG concept (www.skytug.co.uk), which aims to substantially reduce fuel consumption of transoceanic bulk transport. ICE’ engineers have been involved in design of dual-fuel ships and are studying the use of alternative fuels.
With this track record, ICE was welcomed as a signatory to the “Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation” sponsored by the “Getting to Zero” coalition of leading maritime companies. Mr Draegebo, ICE’s Chairman and Chief Executive, last month proudly represented ICE at the large international COP26 decarbonisation conference in Glasgow, attended by 120 heads of state and about 20,000 visitors including many senior representatives from the maritime industry.
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