​"Ghost ships" - next generation in short sea shipping

Sept. 23, 2014 at 09:05 by Svitlana Slavina in Ship Building and Technology

The increasing workload in the logistic networks on shore has caused the search for alternatives. As considered by the classification society DNV GL one of the most promising alternatives is the short sea shipping. Therefore the researchers at DNV GL have developed a new concept ship - „ReVolt“. This vessel is expected to be more ecological, smarter and safer than the conventionally operated ships.

„ReVolt" works autonomously, it is fully battery-powered and highly efficient. At the same time the new concept vessel will be a solution for the increasing need of the capacity of transporting. Instead of diesel fuel the „ReVolt“-ship is powered by a 3000 kWh battery. This kind of powering reduces operating costs as the need for such high-maintenance parts as rotational components will be decreased. The vessel is capable to cover a distance of 100 nautical miles, thereafter the battery has to be charged.

The outstanding feature of "ReVolt" is that it doesn’t require a crew on board and thus the vessel brings a significant benefit to one of the maritime sectors - the safety. About 900 fatalities per year are recorded in the shipping industry. That is 90 percent higher than in land-based branches. According to the researches, the most of the fatal accidents are caused by human failure. On the unmanned vessels the human factor doesn’t take effect. Furthermore, there will be no need for crew facilities, such as the superstructure. This will allow more loading capacity and low maintenance and operating costs.

Thanks to all the benefits of the „Ghost ship“ during its estimated 30-year-durability it will be possible to save about $34 million in comparison to the ships powered by diesel.

The concept vessel is currently in the test phase. As reported by the researchers at DNV GL, with the help of modern technologies the construction of „ReVolt“-vessel would be possible in the nearest future.

​"Ghost ships" - next generation in short sea shipping

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