ViganPort of South LouisianaThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology CimbriaPort of StocktonVan Aalst
  • Vigan
  • Multimodal 2022
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Sailors Society
  • Telestack

Berg accelerates drive into electric propulsion

Berg accelerates drive into electric propulsion

(Posted on 11/11/21)

Berg Propulsion has signed a key supplier and cooperation agreement to provide systems integration capability for Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch permanent magnet (PM) and power electronics products. The cooperation creates a new and combined force offering the robustness and efficiency of propulsion systems where electric motors directly drive the propeller shaft, consolidating Berg’s growing presence in electric propulsion.

“This is the latest step in Berg’s strategy to become a fully-fledged electrical propulsion systems integrator,” said Stefan Sedersten, CEO, Berg Propulsion. “This unique cooperation underlines the mainstream role we envisage for electric ship propulsion in the coming years, based on its efficiency and its ability to reduce emissions. Yaskawa/The Switch offer an innovative approach and a portfolio which provides an excellent match with Berg products and expertise. This is a partnership ready to deliver high-performance solutions in a market ripe for change.”

Berg’s integrator role would see the company take primary responsibility for complete system definition, installation, commissioning and customer care, said Sedersten. Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch will provide permanent magnet (PM) machines and power electronics products, proven in the marine market over the past decade, also offering technical and training support. The partners envisage working together on solution development to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving large-vessel market and carry out joint marketing activities.

“The direct-drive electric propulsion market for large ships based on PM technology is right now in its infancy,” said Miika Reinikka, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch Division President. “Strengthening our collaboration will enable us to influence the trajectory of the market by electrification and to provide energy-efficient, flexible and future-proof electric propulsion and power generation solutions. This will allow shipping companies to meet demanding emission reduction targets.”

“Formalising this arrangement will allow us to build on the success of a number of electrical integration and hybrid vessel projects Berg has already overseen,” said Jonas Nyberg, Managing Director West, Berg Propulsion. “Systems integration has become a core activity for Berg and is our fastest growing business area marketed and sold through our global sales and distribution network.”

Berg and Yaskawa Environmental Energy have already collaborated on an initial integrated project, delivering a gearless system to Canadian shipowner CSL to ensure that propulsion on board a large bulk carrier will be less vulnerable to ice damage while maximising efficiency. The vessel has four variable speed diesel-electric gensets with a combined total power of 9.5 MW. With Berg responsible for systems design, automation and integration, shafts will be powered by The Switch direct-drive gearless 3 MW PM electric motors. Yaskawa Environmental Energy is also supplying PM generators, DC-Hubs with Electronic Bus Links (EBLs) and Electronic DC Breakers (EDCBs). Berg is also delivering fully feathering controllable-pitch propellers and its patented Twin Fin solution.

The new combination of technology and systems integration expertise provides owners with a solution to convert vessel projects from geared installations to direct-drive applications with fixed pitch and controllable pitch propellers, said Nyberg.

Latest News

Port of Blyth orders Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 MHC

(Posted on 20/01/22)

The UK Port of Blyth, a leading offshore energy support base and important hub for the movement of a... Read more


Growing orders for Alfa Laval FCM LPG fuel supply systems

(Posted on 20/01/22)

As the marine industry focuses on decarbonization, Alfa Laval is experiencing increased demand for solutions... Read more


OneOcean launches first Environmental Planner as part of Voyage Planning

(Posted on 15/01/22)

OneOcean Group has expanded its platform capability to include a new and unique Environmental Planner... Read more


Hanseaticsoft and Solitwork enter digital reporting partnership

(Posted on 15/01/22)

Hanseaticsoft and Solitwork have announced a strategic partnership. The mission is to jointly improve... Read more


Noatum increases MHC fleet for three Spanish terminals

(Posted on 08/01/22)

After obtaining the approval of the respective boards of directors and its partner Algeposa, Noatum,... Read more


Restoring propeller blades keeps bulker on schedule

(Posted on 08/01/22)

When damage to propellers occured due to impact with ice and other debris, Hydrex has helped bulk shipowners... Read more


AXSMarine releases emissions calculator for the Dry Bulk industry

(Posted on 20/12/21)

AXSMarine, a pioneer and market leader in the provision of advanced solutions for shipping professionals... Read more


ABB’s propulsion factory in Shanghai marks 10-years

(Posted on 20/12/21)

ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion, introduced 30 years ago, has revolutionized the marine transport... Read more


Progress in Cargotec and Konecranes merger

(Posted on 13/12/21)

Cargotec and Konecranes have continued active dialogue and cooperation with relevant competition authorities... Read more


ABS grants Alfa Laval AIP for firing boilers with methanol

(Posted on 13/12/21)

Maritime classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has granted Alfa Laval the first... Read more


Sailors SocietyMultimodal 2022TOC EventsCleveland Cascades LtdTBA GroupBühler GmbH
  • Port of Stockton
  • Van Aalst

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping