CLdN joins Maritime Battery Forum

Luxembourg-based CLdN has joined the Maritime Battery Forum (MBF).

In a statement issued today (29 May), MBF noted that the shipowner had been investigating and implementing alternative fuels and propulsion systems for its vessels.

‘With almost 100 years of experience as an owner-operator in the short-sea freight shipping sector, CLdN’s expertise is vital to the implementation of battery technology in short sea operations,’ MBF said.

‘By collaborating with battery suppliers in the MBF community, specific and more suitable technologies can be developed to suit ship owner-operator needs. The MBF community provides a wealth of information and experience-based knowledge in battery technology, applications, safety, standardisation, sustainability and even financing.’

MBF continued: ‘CLdN hopes to use this as an opportunity to learn from industry experts in the forum about the battery technology landscape, battery safety and general learning about maritime battery use. This knowledge will be useful in informing their choices about possible future deployment of batteries in their vessels and port operations.’

The latest vessels under construction for CLdN will be equipped with two conventional main engines as well as two large shaft generators of 6 MW each, which can be used for generating power or for electric propulsion. In full electric mode, the ships will be able to achieve a cruising speed of 16-17 kn.

MBF noted that the vessels, which will be delivered in 2025, have ‘a high degree of flexibility’ which it said will allow for a ‘seamless integration of new fuels, fuel cells and/or battery technology’ in the future.

Image: MBF

Rhys Berry