Damen Shipyards Group and Skoon Energy have signed a cooperation agreement of understanding for the advancement of the energy transition in the global shipping industry. The agreement combines Damen’s 90 years of experience with the dynamism of a new Dutch start-up.
Dutch-based Damen Shipyards is renowned for its innovative approach to shipbuilding, and is well known for the improved sustainability of its product portfolio that results from this. Recent examples include numerous hybrid, LNG and fully electric propelled vessels. Skoon, founded by two students of the Delft University of Technology. 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. Skoon Energy’s swappable battery packs – known as Skoonboxes – are planned for trial aboard a diesel-electric inland vessel later this year.
As a new company, Skoon will benefit from Damen’s extensive experience in complex, international shipbuilding projects, as well as its global commercial network. Together the companies aim to make fully electric shipping the norm within the international maritime industry.