Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and equip two new zero-emission double-ended shuttle ferries that will be built for the Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands.
In addition to the design concept – which includes ‘the optimisation of energy consumption’ – Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up 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.
‘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,’ said René Zuidam, Account Manager, Newbuild Sales, Wärtsilä Marine.
One of the ferries will be 30 metres long and capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers, while the other will be 50 metres long vessel with space for 35 cars and 149 passengers.
The ferries will serve the Launes – Kvellandstrand – Launes, and Abelnes – Andabeløy – Abelnes routes in Norway.