Sembcorp Marine completes construction of battery-powered ferry

Sembcorp Marine completes construction of battery-powered ferry

Sembcorp Marine

The new battery-powered ferry, constructed by Sembcorp Marine, will be charged using hydroelectric power

Sembcorp Marine has completed construction of the first of three battery-powered ro-pax ferries for Norwegian ferry operator Norled.

The group was contracted to design and construct three identical ferries, based on the design of LMG Marin, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.

The vessels will operate on lithium-ion batteries, which will be charged using hydroelectric power. They will travel at a speed of 10 knots without producing any emissions. When required, they can run on back up battery-diesel hybrid power.

In addition, the vessels will have energy-efficient solutions including quick-connection shore charging plugs, auto-mooring systems, auto-cross, propulsion and heat recovery systems. They will also have efficiently shaped hulls and minimal hotel and auxiliary loads.

“LMG Marin offers a wide range of designs and technologies for sustainable ship operations, including LNG, battery, hydrogen, ammonia and hybrid propulsion systems,” said Torbjorn Bringdeal, managing director of LMG Marin. “We are very pleased to be able to use our proprietary design to support Norled’s green objectives with specific customisation for the vessels’ operating environments.”

Each vessel has capacity for 300 passengers and 80 cars, measuring 82.4 metres long.

The vessels will operate on the Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik route in Norway.

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Alice Chambers
By Alice Chambers
17 March 2022

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