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NES delivers zero emission propulsion systems for Fjord 1 ferries

NES delivers zero emission propulsion systems for Fjord 1 ferries

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has announced that it recently completed the delivery of five zero emission propulsion systems to Fjord1 ferries outfitted at Havyard Ship Technology shipyard in Sogn, Norway.

The ferries, which each have a capacity for 50 cars, will operate in fully electric mode at four different ferry-crossings along the western coast of Norway.

‘With these ferries, NES has now a total of 19 fully electric or hybrid electric ferries operating in Norway,’ said Jan Kåre Sundgot, project manager for the five projects.

NES has provided complete propulsion packages for the ferries with charging systems, batteries, Quadro Master DC switchboards, AC switchboards, generators, and automation systems (IAS/PMS), NavCom and Bridge Consoles including Autocross system.

NES is also responsible for the onshore charging systems for these ferries.

The ferries need to charge the batteries at both sides of the crossing, which means a total of eight shore charging stations. 

NES said that some of vessels had ‘unique customisations with regards to power and energy consumption’.  NES explained: ‘Hull number 141 Fedjebjørn, which operates between Fedje and Sævrøy need more energy for one crossing than the grid company can deliver. By installing batteries on shore, we can boost the charging power and also help stabilise the grid.’

Hull number 142 Bømlafjord will operate between Langevåg and Buavåg in Bømlo, while hull number 145 Stangvikfjord will operate between Kvanne and Rykkjem. The last two ferries, Smøla and Møringen will operate between Edøya and Sandvika. 

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes