Schottel, a German manufacturer of ship propulsion and steering systems, has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip two new fully electric double-ended ferries, which will serve Wolfe Island and Amherst Island in Ontario. The new ships are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 7 million kg per year.
The new e-ferries will be propelled by four Schottel STP 260 FP Twin Propellers, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. Each will be powered mainly by batteries, but will have a diesel engine as a backup to ensure mobility.
The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020, and will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will transport up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds of up to 12 knots, equal to the speed of conventionally propelled ferries.
Damen Shipyard cooperated closely with Schottel on the project, said spokesman Leo Postma. “Schottel’s international network and propulsion knowledge that we have relied on for decades and have already supported, made this project a comprehensive solution for the customer.”