ABB is set to supply integrated power to a 70m-long hybrid-electric ferry, which is under construction for the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration at Crist shipyard in Poland.

The new ferry has a 550-passenger and 75-car capacity. It is expected to take 3,600 13km trips a year between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and the Westman Island.

Designed by Polarkonsult to operate in electric mode most of the time, the vessel is scheduled to be delivered this year.

The electric ferry will feature a large battery pack of 3,000kWh and will use its diesel-electric generator set during challenging weather conditions or when the consumption of battery power may exceed the available energy.

ABB Marine and Ports managing director Juha Koskela said: “Selection of ABB’s technologies for a vessel operating on such a tough route, where the water depth is sometimes limited to 4.5m but wave heights can reach 3.5m, sets a new benchmark for battery power on-board a ship.

“In line with our vision for electric, digital and connected shipping, this project demonstrates how system integration, whether on-board the ship or between the ship’s crew and shoreside expertise, is a key success factor for vessel management.”

The vessel replaces the 1992 MF Herjólfur and is well-positioned to support Iceland’s sustainability goals.

“System integration, whether on-board the ship or between the ship’s crew and shoreside expertise, is a key success factor for vessel management.”

ABB’s Onboard DC Grid power distribution system will allow the batteries to connect directly to the DC link. This helps to avoid loss of power during charging and discharging.

The system will also be capable of allowing variable speed operation of the diesel engines, resulting in reduced fuel consumption.

ABB will supply generators, transformers, switchboards, as well as a power management unit and energy storage control system.

The electric ferry will be connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Centers Infrastructure network that enables remote technical support and predictive maintenance. The network also features planned interventions using remote equipment monitoring and data analytics.

ABB will deliver a 2,500kW shore power connection to recharge the battery while the ferry is in the dock.