Norled’s latest hybrid ferry starts operations

Schottel has announced that the Festøya – the first of four new Norled hybrid ferries equipped with its EcoPellers – has recently started operations.

Each of the four double-ended RoPax ferries built at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland features two Schottel EcoPellers type SRE 340 which are powered by a diesel-electric hybrid system and operated by green battery power during transit.

According to Schottel: ‘The propulsion units are designed to provide full thrust in the required direction, even with strong side winds. Thanks to the SRE’s outstanding overall propulsion efficiency and course-keeping stability, it is characterized by low operating costs and low fuel consumption, resulting in low emissions.’

In operating mode, the required power is supplied by two rechargeable battery packs installed on board. A shore charging system, which also includes an automatic mooring system, recharges these batteries from the mains when the vessels are docked.

Schottel added: ‘The vessels only use generators, run on 100% biodiesel, in an emergency.’

Two of new ferries will service the Festøya-Solavågen route and are capable of taking on board up to 120 cars and 296 passengers. The other two vessels will operate the Mannheller-Fodnes route and are certified to carry more, with a maximum of 395 passengers.

The series is set to be completed during this year.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes