Global technology group Siemens has secured a deal to provide propulsion systems for two electric ferries, to be operated by Fjord1 in the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway.
Under the deal, Siemens will install a complete integrated electric power and automation solution, BlueDrive PlusC, on each of the ferries.
BlueDrive PlusC uses lithium-ion batteries as energy storage, thruster and remote control for the propellers.
The solution also includes an energy management system and an integrated alarm and monitoring system.
BlueDrive PlusC allows for charging of the vessel’s energy storage system at each side of the crossing, and enables monitoring of the ferries via WiFi communication.
Capable of accommodating 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers, the ferries will enter service by January 2018.
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Fjord1 maritime technical director Arild Austrheim said: "Once the infrastructure is in place on land, it makes sense to make the most of the investments with two ferries.
“Therefore we chose to go for the most environmentally-friendly option.”
The ferries are currently operating with diesel engines on the west coast of the Norway route; the first ferry route where the country's Road Administration required the use of zero-emission technology.
Developed in Norway, Siemens’ BlueDrive PlusC technology is also designed for use in offshore vessels.
Last year, the company delivered propulsion system for the world's first electric ferry, Ampere, which has already been commissioned by Finnish shipping company FinFerries early this year.
Image: Fjord1 will deploy the electric vessels on E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Photo: courtesy of Multi Maritime.