The first of a fleet of ten all-electric ferries that Transtejo is building to replace its fossil fuel-powered fleet
A new all-electric ferry has been delivered to operator Transtejo for services along the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal
The new vessel was constructed by Astilleros Gondán shipyard, featuring an integrated power, automation, energy storage and propulsion solution from ABB. It is the first of a fleet of ten all-electric ferries that the operator is building to replace its older fossil fuel-powered vessels to reduce emissions, cut operational and maintenance costs, and improve passenger comfort.
“Delivering the first of these 10 ferries is an important milestone for us, and it is a joy to see her on the water in Lisbon,” said Antonio Pacheco, director of the glass reinforced plastic division at Astilleros Gondán. “We very much look forward to delivering the other nine.”
The ferry will feature a 1,860-kilowatt hour battery pack, with power distribution managed by ABB Onboard DC Grid. ABB is also providing the control and rectifier systems for shore power and a communications system which identifies the vessels arriving, its charging status and the power required, enabling ferries to recharge in between five to 10 minutes. The technology group estimates that the new ferries will reduce carbon dioxide emissions along the Tagus river by 6,500 tons every year, and the vessels will form part of Portugal’s strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Lisbon is making waves as a pioneer in environmentally friendly public transportation, as many of the world’s cities realise the benefits electric ferries bring for sustainability,” said Juha Koskela, division president for ABB Marine & Ports. “ABB’s leading position in integrated electrification solutions for urban ferries is a highly visible example of our work to make the maritime industry safer, smarter, and more sustainable. We at ABB are proud to play a key role in shaping shipping’s new reality.”