Japanese firm Eco Marine Power (EMP) has joined forces with an undisclosed UAE-based shipping company to carry out a joint Eco Ship technical study for the provision of renewable energy solutions to ships.

The study will focus on green solutions and technologies, including Aquarius Marine Solar Power, Energy Sail and Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE).

Innovative methods for the improvement of energy efficiency on board ships will also be examined throughout the study.

This will involve the use of energy-saving devices, such as propeller modifications, as well as the application of more energy-efficient electrical devices.

The partnership will jointly assess the performance of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power system, which will be provided by EMP.

This system is being deployed on board a ship in the company’s fleet.

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Multiple maritime technology providers, including Furukawa Battery and KEI System, will also participate in the study.

Initially concentrating on a geared Handymax vessel, the study will integrate design elements of the Aquarius Eco Handymax design concept.

Furthermore, the fleet-wide solutions will be assessed in areas that are expected to enhance vessel energy efficiency, boost safety and reduce operational costs.

Eco Marine Power president Greg Atkinson said: “This study project, along with the installation of equipment, is a great opportunity for Eco Marine Power and our partners to demonstrate the technologies and solutions we have been developing for a number of years, including Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy, which was granted Approval in Principle by ClassNK in 2021.”