Wärtsilä To Design Two Battery Powered Ferries

Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to design and equip two new zero-emissions ferries to be built for Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands.

The Wärtsilä ship design is tailored to the operating and route profiles of the two double-ended shuttle ferries. Included in the design concept is the optimization of energy consumption, the company said.

In addition to the design, for each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the backup generators and various electrical systems. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the beginning of 2021 and the ships are expected to commence commercial operations in autumn 2021.

“This project is an excellent example of Wärtsilä’s extensive capabilities in delivering optimal design and integrated equipment solutions,” said René Zuidam, account manager, Newbuild Sales, Wärtsilä Marine. “These battery powered ferries represent the future in environmental sustainability and their design is the result of the years of R&D that Wärtsilä has invested in smart marine solutions to lower the carbon footprint of shipping.”

The two ferry designs are not identical. One is a 30 m vessel capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers, while the other is for a 50 m vessel for 35 cars and 149 passengers, including crew.

The ferries will serve the Launes – Kvellandstrand – Launes, and Abelnes – Andabeløy – Abelnes routes in Norway.

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