Oma Baatbyggeri building electric ferry

The ferry is scheduled to be in operation in Hordaland at the beginning of 2020 The ferry is scheduled to be in operation in Hordaland at the beginning of 2020

Norwegian shipyard Oma Baatbyggeri is building an electrically powered car ferry under a contract signed with Norwegian transport major Boreal, Dag Pike reports.

For the yard, which has previously specialised in building fast catamaran ferries this will be its first electrically powered ferry and its first car ferry.

“For us this represents yard number 540, but this ferry is the first electrical ferry we will deliver. This is a brand new concept which is tailor-made according to new environmental regulations,” said the managing director of the shipyard, Gustav Oma. “The project is very exciting for us because it represents innovation and is a brand new concept.”

The ferry is scheduled to be in operation in Hordaland at the beginning of 2020. Boreal and Hordaland County Municipality represented by Skyss, signed a contract covering the operation of three ferry crossings in Hordaland and this new electrical ferry will operate between Kinsarvik and Utne. “Oma Baatbyggeri is renowned for its high quality products and reliable delivery and has previously built several fast ferries for us. We are looking forward to cooperating with them on the build of this new ferry” commented Boreal chairman Kjetil Førsvoll.

The 42-metre-long ferry will be equipped with battery packs which can be re-charged from the national power grid at each terminal. In addition, diesel generators will provide an emergency backup. The ferry has to meet stringent environmental requirements such as vastly reduced CO2 emissions and much improved energy efficiency.

“We are utilising new technology, which will save the environment and at the same time increase passenger comfort. The ferry connections will be operated with power from shore, creating substantial environmental improvements, reducing CO2-emissions by 92 percent and achieving savings in overall energy consumption by 74 percent.” said Mr. Førsvoll.

The new ferry is a double ended ro-ro design with excellent seaworthiness and has been specially designed and equipped to assist people with disabilities including wide passageways and easy steps. Constructed in aluminium the 42 metre ferry has a beam of 11 metres and it can carry 80 passengers and 16 cars or if the cars are removed it can accommodate two semi-trailer trucks.

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