Norwegian ferry operator Boreal Sjö has ordered two custom-designed battery-electric ferries from technology group Wärtsilä. One is a 30-meter vessel capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers, while the other is a 50-meter vessel for 35 cars and 149 passengers and crew.
The two double-ended shuttle ferries are to be built at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands, and will serve the Launes-Kvellandstrand and Abelnes-Andabeløy routes in Norway.
Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, back-up generators, and various electrical systems. The ships are expected to begin commercial operations in autumn 2021.
“This project is an excellent example of Wärtsilä’s extensive capabilities in delivering optimal design and integrated equipment solutions,” says Wärtsilä Account Manager René Zuidam. “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.”
“Both Wärtsilä and Holland Shipyards Group have extensive experience in the electrification of vessels. The combined expertise of both organizations forms an excellent base for a successful cooperation,” says Marco Hoogendoorn, Director, Holland Shipyards.