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Author: Rebecca Gibson/Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Categories: News, Ferry news, Marine operations
Havyard Group subsidiaries Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) and Norwegian Control Systems (NCS) are to deliver hybrid gas-electric propulsion systems, propellers and control systems for Havila Kystruten’s four new green cruise ferries.
To be designed by Havyard Design & Solutions, the 700-passenger newbuilds will provide services on Norway’s coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes for an initial period of 10 years, starting from January 2021. Two of the vessels will be built by Spain’s Astillero Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard and two will be constructed at Turkey’s Tersan yard.
Each of the ferries will be equipped with a complete hybrid propulsion system from NES. This will comprise a charging system so the ferries can connect to onshore power grids and a battery pack energy storage system, which has a capacity of 6,100 kilowatts per hour – more than double that of the biggest battery-operated ferries.
NES will also deliver the generators, complete switchboard systems, transformers, frequency converters for the thruster engines, and the energy management system for the vessels.
All of the NES systems, which can be adapted for use with hydrogen and fuel cells in future, will enable the ferries to berth emission-free in ports and also sail emission-free on certain routes. This will enable Havila Kystruten to comply with emission-free sailing in Norway’s World Heritage fjords as early as five years before the official deadline.
“With this order, we will demonstrate that we have the right technology to meet future requirements for lower emissions and greener shipping,” said Tor Leif Mongstad, president and CEO of NES.
NCS will deliver propellers, an integrated automation system, integrated bridge solution and tank gauging system. The ferries will also be the first to be equipped with its newly developed Raven Integrated Navigation System.
“This is a breakthrough and it is particularly pleasing that it will be used in an entirely new market for us,” said Svein Ove Farstad, Sales and Bid manager for NCS. “Here, we will also demonstrate that we can meet official and class requirements for cruise and passenger traffic in vessels of this size, requirements that are the most stringent we have.”
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