What is it about?

There are increasing choices in marine electric propulsion technologies as a result of recent research and development efforts world-wide. This paper reviews emerging electrical technologies, with a potential to improve vessel efficiency in coming decades.

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Why is it important?

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has recently mandated the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. This article will assist readers in evaluating some key emerging technologies.


During a review of research and development literature in electric propulsion, I was astounded by the technological progress. Particularly interesting are the developments being driven by the electric vehicle industry that will flow through to marine applications. My co-authors have helped hone this into a quality paper relevant to the shipbuilding industry. Please read and share our excitement for the possibilities.

Mr William Peter Symington
University of Tasmania

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This page is a summary of: Emerging technologies in marine electric propulsion, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, December 2014, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1475090214558470.
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