Battery and hybrid propulsion will be used for Boreal Sjö’s new vessels, to be built at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands
The Wärtsilä ship design is tailored to the operating and route profiles of the two double-ended shuttle ferries and aims to optimise energy consumption.
The ferry designs are not identical. One is for a 30-m long vessel capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers, while the other is for a 50-m long vessel for 35 cars and 149 passengers, including crew.
In addition to the design, for each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up generators and various electrical systems.
Wärtsilä Marine account manager René Zuidam said “These battery-powered ferries represent the future in environmental sustainability, and their design is the result of the years of R&D Wärtsilä has invested in smart marine solutions to lower the carbon footprint of shipping.”
Holland Shipyards director Marco Hoogendoorn said “Both Wärtsilä and Holland Shipyards Group have extensive experience in the electrification of vessels and a shared vision to provide sustainable solutions to the transport sector. The combined expertise of both organisations form an excellent base for a valuable and successful co-operation.”
The orders with Wärtsilä for the design and the equipment were placed in April 2020. The equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the beginning of 2021 and the ships are expected to commence commercial operations later in 2021.
The company will also supply the propulsion system for a new Danish high-speed ferry.
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