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The Dawn of a New
Generation of Marine Power?
Technological advancement opens new doors for hybrid and fully electric vessels
By Jim Romeo n mid-2020, the U.S. Navy ac- cepted the delivery of the USS
Zumwalt, the Navy’s ? rst full-
Ielectric power and propulsion surface combatant. The ship’s new electric propulsion plant provides favorable ef? ciency coupled with a reduced total cost of ownership. The design is ? exible and ef? cient to de- liver power where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Its adoption is symbolic of a maritime future and what could be in store for other marine craft, both inland and on the high seas.
Such technological advancement is encouraging at a time when the world’s maritime industry delivers greater than two-thirds of all global trade, but also are tagged as a notable contribu- tor to adverse carbon emissions. Elec- tric propulsion and its versatile power capabilities make it attractive environ- mentally and economically. “We have been working to ad-
Kitsap Transit Waterman - dress the challenge of zero emissions 150-passenger hybrid-electric vessel for decades and see great promise for
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