Wärtsilä Corp. is launching a complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries featuring zero or low emissions.
The ferries, which can accommodate 60 to 120 cars on a single car deck for quick and easy loading and unloading, were developed in line with the Norwegian government’s new environmental regulations for ferries emphasizing the elimination of harmful emissions.
The ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biofuel. The design focuses on high energy-efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line.
Fuel consumption is reduced by 100% in plug-in operation. With the plug-in hybrid configuration, emissions are reduced by up to 50%.
The concept feature Wärtsilä’s new wireless inductive charging system, which eliminates physical cable connections, thus
reducing wear and tear and enabling charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives at quay.
In addition, the ferries also includes a complete electrical and automation package based on Wärtsilä’s battery/hybrid solution. It also includes the company’s azimuth propulsion units and a complete bridge control system.
“Wärtsilä is fully committed to producing ship designs, marine products, and integrated solutions that make a significant contribution towards lowering the environmental footprint of shipping. This new concept is one more example of this focus. By making it possible for ferries to eliminate exhaust emissions entirely, we feel that we are again acting proactively to protect the marine environment,” said Riku-Pekka Hägg, vice president, ship design, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
Writing by Nadeem (c) gCaptain