World’s first electric fishing vessel

Selfa Max series from Selfa Arctic AS Selfa Max series from Selfa Arctic AS

Norwegian fishing company Øra AS has signed a deal with local shipbuilder Selfa Arctic AS to acquire the first Selfa Elmax 1099, which will be named ‘Karoline’. The boat will be tested in Tjeldsundet, Norway, in August 2015, according to the information obtained by the Norwegian Trade Council.

Under the plan, the new vessel, which was developed by the Norwegian shipbuilder in cooperation with Germany’s Siemens, will be fitted with a 195 kW battery pack and an electric propulsion motor. It will be charged through a 63 Amp 220 V system, with its charging time designed to range from six to eight hours. Owing to its propulsion, the vessel will be able to fish without emitting any CO2. In addition to this, the boat will also generate less noise and vibration than a regular fuel-powered fishing vessel.

The amount of the latest contract was not disclosed by the parties. However, the project has obtained co-funding from Innovation Norway, a state-run agency which is jointly owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the county authorities. The vessel is to be presented to the country's Prime Minister Erna Solberg this August.

Set up in 1987, Selfa Arctic AS is based in Harstad, on the Norwegian coast. The company has two branches in Trondheim, and specialises in building vessels which are fitted with a length of between 9.5 and 12 metres (32 and 40 ft). The firm’s flagship vessel is an 11-metre (36 ft) fishing boat set up to be operated by a single fisherman.

By Jarosław Adamowski

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