Sustainable shipping solutions partnership
Damen Shipyards Group and Skoon Energy have signed a cooperation agreement of understanding for the advancement of energy transition in the shipping industry, including electric propulsion.
The agreement combines Damen’s 90 years of experience with the dynamism of Skoon Energy, which is a new start-up founded in 2017, by Daan Geldermans and Peter Paul van Voorst, two students from Delft University of Technology.
“We know from long experience that collaboration, sharing knowledge and ideas, is a crucial factor in stimulating innovation and encouraging improved sustainability,” said Arnout Damen, chief commercial officer, Damen.
Mr Damen said that Skoon’s focus on improving the environmental performance of the shipping industry is one that is entirely aligned with Damen’s own ambitions and he is anticipating an excellent partnership as both companies work together to make large scale electric ships’ propulsion a reality.
As a new company, Skoon will benefit from Damen’s extensive experience in complex, international shipbuilding projects, as well as its global commercial network.
Damen has been working hard to improve the sustainability of its product portfolio more recently with a focus on hybrid, LNG and fully electric propelled vessels.
Skoon focusses on the large-scale electrification of ships’ propulsion via management of a battery sharing network and strategically located charging hubs with a 100% clean energy supply.
Its swappable battery packs – known as Skoonboxes – are planned for trial aboard a diesel-electric inland vessel later this year.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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