Amherst Islander II, zero emission ferry. Image courtesy of Serco / Damen.

Zero-Emission Ferries Successfully Completed

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September 7, 2021

ICE Marine Design has completed the construction and successful trials of two zero-emissions ferries; 72-metre Amherst Islander II and the 99-metre Wolfe Islander IV for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Canada.

The vessels recently sailed from the shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Galati to Constanta, for onwards transportation to Canada onboard a heavy-lift semi-submersible transport vessel.

The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ferries will operate solely on Lake Ontario, carrying passengers and cars between Amherst and Wolfe Island. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions, and improves the passenger experience.

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