OMA Baatbyggeri delivers first of two hybrid ferries to Norled

Vessels will both service the route between Sogn and Fjordane in Norway

OMA Baatbyggeri delivers first of two hybrid ferries to Norled

Magne Langåker

SEAM’s e-SEA Driver power platform was redesigned for the new Norled ferries

By Alex Smith |

Shipbuilder OMA Baatbyggeri has delivered the first of two hybrid battery-electric ferries it is building for operator Norled.

Construction was completed with the successful commissioning of diesel-electric systems, integrated by SEAM. The systems integrator re-designed its e-SEA Drive power system platform for the project in order to reduce its weight and the space required for its installation, as well as improving energy efficiency.

SEAM plans to integrate the new e-SEA Drive platform on future deliveries withing the express boat segment. It will also deliver and install batteries onboard both Norled vessels in summer 2023.

“Our aim, for every vessel, is to ensure the most efficient power train,” said Rune Sørensen, project manager for SEAM. “For this project, we focused our efforts on further developing our power system platform to ensure the most energy-efficient solution, parallel to working on reducing both weight and space utilization onboard.”

The vessel design is based on OMA’s cobi-catamaran concept, which the company has produced since 2001. The ferry will be able to carry trailers of 40 tonnes or up to seven cars, along with 72 passengers.

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