NES propels zero-emission ferries


Fjord1 ‘MF Bømlafjord’ Photo: NESFjord1 ‘MF Bømlafjord’ Photo: NES



Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has completed the delivery of five zero-emission propulsion systems to Fjord1 ferries outfitted at the Havyard Ship Technology shipyard in Sogn, Norway.

The ferries have a capacity of 50 cars and will operate electrically over four different ferry-crossings along the western coast of Norway. Crossing time for the ferries ranges from 13 to 30 minutes depending on route.

“With these ferries, NES has now a total of 19 fully electric or hybrid electric ferries operating in Norway”, said Jan Kåre Sundgot, project manager for the new ferries.

The delivery from NES includes a complete propulsion package with charging systems, batteries, Quadro Master DC switchboards, AC switchboards, generators, and automation systems (IAS/PMS).

The Fedjebjørn, which operates between Fedje and Sævrøy needs more energy for one crossing than the grid company can deliver. By installing batteries on shore, the charging power can be boosted, and with constant monitoring and control, NES can ensure that the grid is not overloaded.

The Bømlafjord, will operate between Langevåg and Buavåg in Bømlo, while the Stangvikfjord will operate between Kvanne and Rykkjem. The last two ferries, Smøla and Møringen will operate between Edøya and Sandvika.

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