Each hybrid ferry will be able to accommodate up to 251 passengers
Italian ferry operator Liberty Lines has expanded its order of 38-metre hybrid monohull ferries from Incat Crowther, with three additional vessels added to the original order.
Astilleros Armon is constructing the vessels at its shipyard in Spain, with delivery expected to take place between 2023 and 2026.
“With this project, we are making a sustainable investment in the renewal of our fleet, with the purpose to continue to offer high-quality services to our stakeholders and minimise environmental impact in order to achieve an emission-free future,” said Gennaro Carlo Cotella, CEO of Liberty Lines.
Each ferry will offer a flexible hybrid drivetrain which can operate in different modes as required. In all-electric mode, they can enter and leave ports at up to eight knots in zero-emission mode. They will be capable of a speed of 30 knots in hybrid mode, while the batteries are simultaneously charged by the two main engines. During longer stops, the batteries are charged by shore power supply.
The main deck of each vessel features seating for 166 passengers, five bathrooms and a kiosk or bar midship. The upper deck seats a further 85 passengers with two more toilets. Luggage racks are situated throughout the vessel’s two passenger cabins, along with overhead luggage bins.
The ferries will be equipped with Rolls-Royce integrated MTU hybrid propulsion systems. These comprise of two 16V4000M65L engines, two gearboxes, two e-motors and electric systems, two variable-speed gensets, a battery system, switchboard, electrical power management system and an MTU hybrid automation system.
“This project requires our team of marine designers to integrate new and cutting-edge technology into bespoke designs for our client, while ensuring we meet all regulatory requirements,” said Brett Crowther, CEO of Incat Crowther. “Our work with Liberty Lines is yet another example of the ability of Incat Crowther to design and deliver tailored and innovative low-emission high-speed ferries for operators all around the world.”