Fjord1 has struck a contract for the construction of two new purely electric ferries - a first for its fleet.
From January 2018, Fjord1 will be operating the two new battery ferries on E39 Anda - Lote on the west coast of Norway. This will be the first ferry connection in Norway where the Road Administration requires use of zero-emission technology.
Although the Road Administration has allowed for partly hybrid operation, using biodiesel or biogas on one of the ferries, Fjord1 decided on using fully electric operation of both ferries. Charging of batteries will be made through fully automatic charging stations at the quayside and battery capacity shall be sufficient to continue operations for several hours without charging, for example during maintenance on grid or charging stations.
Fjord1 head of projects and newbuilding Arild Austrheim told Passenger Ship Technology the recent requirement that Norwegian authorities have out in place that all future ferry services must have low or zero emissions, has stimulated the move to battery options, and is the reason Fjord1 chose a pure electric solution. He commented: ““Ship operators are given criteria and it is up to each one to find the most cost efficient way to maximise reduction of emissions, competing on price and also on lower emissions.”
Contracts form the lynchpin of Fjord1’s business, as they do for all Norwegian ferry operators, as close to 100 per cent of all ferry services are based on contracts with the government. Mr Austrheim said this way of business encouraged the use of new technology. “The ferry business is interesting in Norway, as the government uses the contracts as a test phase for LNG and battery technologies.”
The capacity of Fjord1’s electric ferries is 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers.
Construction will take place at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey, starting in October this year. The Norwegian ship design company Multi Maritime has developed the design, in close co-operation with Fjord1.