Fjord1 is to retrofit a ferry from diesel engines to battery propulsion
Havyard Leirvik shipyard has won a contract with Fjord1 to modify car ferry Lote. The ferry will operate the route Skarberget–Bognes over the Tysfjord in Nordland county, and using zero-emissions ferry was one of the conditions for awarding the contract for this route.
Havyard Leirvik has almost finished a large-scale newbuild programme and is now shifting its focus towards the modification and repair market, with this its first major modification contract.
Lote’s modification involves converting its propulsion from diesel engines to battery power. Norwegian Electrical System (Hav Group) will deliver the system, and the project is due to start in November 2021. The vessel currently has four propulsion thrusters run by four diesel engines. They will now be replaced by electric engines powered by a large battery system. The same technology is used in several other ferries currently in operation, according to Fjord1 acting manager in new construction Svein Olav Senneset.
“We chose Havyard Leirvik for the job because we believe the yard has the necessary know-how to carry out the modification. The yard has previously conducted similar projects and we are confident they will do a good job.”
Mr Senneset also said the interior of the ferry will be “modified to meet the most up-to-date universal design requirements”.
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