Houlder wins battery hybrid ferry contract

Houlder will supply the battery system for a new RoPax ferry Photo: HoulderHoulder will supply the battery system for a new RoPax ferry Photo: Houlder

Houlder has won another contract with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSPC), acting as technical advisor in the design and build of its latest battery hybrid ferry.

Scheduled for delivery in spring 2023, the new purpose-built RoPax vessel will be constructed Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), based in Ulsan, South Korea.

The battery system will be used to eliminate emissions at the ports of Heysham in Lancashire and Douglas on the Isle of Man. “I can confirm that the principle dimensions are constrained by the ports at Heysham and Douglas, but capacity will be larger than Ben-my-Chree and the batteries will be used in port to reduce emissions while alongside,” the company told The Motorship.

The project presents two key design challenges – tolerating the harsh conditions of the Irish Sea and providing increased passenger capacity, especially important during the two weeks of the Isle of Man motorcycle event, the annual TT.

Houlder will guide the shipyard during the build of this new vessel as well as advising IoMSPC on technical and regulatory aspects.

“There are many challenges in this brief including the vessel’s size constraints in tight ports while meeting lane metre requirements for freight, as well as meeting environmental expectations for the vessel’s life-span which includes reducing local emissions while in port,” said David Wing, ship design & engineering director at Houlder. “We are looking forward to working with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and IoMSPC to ensure a smooth and successful delivery of this new vessel.”

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