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Schottel wins propulsion contract for Canadian electric-ready ferry

Schottel wins propulsion contract for Canadian electric-ready ferry

The German propulsion manufacturer will supply the main propulsion units for an electric-ready ferry which will operate on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia.

The ferry has been ordered by the British Columbia Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the propulsion equipment will be delivered to Vancouver-based company Western Pacific Maritime Ltd.

Schottel will supply four TwinPropeller units of the STP 150 L type (360 kW each), driven by PEM motors. A fifth structurally identical unit has been ordered as a spare unit.

Designed by Polar Design Sales, the new vessel will be configured as a diesel-electric hybrid with all the systems, equipment and components ready for fully electric propulsion.

The 89-metre-long and 25-metre-wide vessel will have capacity for 61 vehicles It will be fully converted to electric propulsion by 2030, once shore power is installed and ready for use on a daily basis. As part of CleanBC, British Columbia is working to electrify the inland ferry fleet by 2040.

The new ferry will be ready for service in early 2023 and will replace the MV Balfour.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes