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Revolutionizing Maritime Dynamics: Hull Air Lubrication Systems as a EET Solution

Hull Air Lubrication (HAL) has been around for nearly 70 years, evolving from a noise reduction technology to a leading energy efficiency solution. Contrary to wind propulsion technologies, HAL focuses on reducing frictional resistance, making it effective across various speeds, sea states, and ship types. Despite less promotion compared to wind technologies, HAL’s effectiveness has led to a 1:4 sales ratio in its favor.

With over 200 Air Lubrication Systems (ALS) on the water or on order as of Q1 2024, compared to approximately 50 wind-assisted technologies, HAL continues to gain traction. The article examines why this is the case, exploring the nuanced factors influencing decision-making beyond performance and cost.

The piece argues that the shipping industry should integrate multiple energy efficiency technologies, including ALS and wind-assisted solutions, to achieve commercially attractive and environmentally sustainable operations. This requires collaborative efforts from various stakeholders, such as financiers, insurers, and charterers.

Ultimately, achieving technological performance certainty could be the key to driving investment and meaningful environmental improvements in the shipping industry. The article dives deep into how managing and interpreting raw performance data can optimize energy efficiency technologies for a decarbonized future.

Interested in a deeper understanding? Read the full article here 

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Armada Technologies and Qatar Shipyard Technology Solutions Sign an MoU to Enhance Vessel Energy-Efficiency

Armada Technologies™ (Armada), a provider of a new, second-generation innovative hull air lubrication system and Qatar Shipyard Technology Solutions, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on installing Armada’s Passive Air Lubrication Systems (PALS) on vessels. The partnership aims to improve vessel energy-efficiency, reduce operating costs, and minimize the emission of carbon and other pollutants to ships.

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