Wärtsilä said it has been awarded a contract to design and equip two new zero-emissions ferries that will be built for Norwegian operator Boreal Sjö at Holland Shipyards in the Netherlands.
The vessels are expected to commence commercial operations in autumn 2021, serving the Launes – Kvellandstrand – Launes, and Abelnes – Andabeløy – Abelnes routes in Norway.
The two ferry designs are not identical. One is for a 30 meters long vessel capable of carrying 10 cars and approximately 100 passengers, while the other is for a 50 meters long vessel for 35 cars and 149 passengers, including crew.
The ship design is tailored to the operating and route profiles of the two double-ended shuttle ferries, Wärtsilä said. Included in the design concept is the optimization of energy consumption, the company added.
In addition to the design, for each ferry Wärtsilä will supply the thruster motors, batteries, onboard and shore-based battery charging equipment, the back-up generators, and various electrical systems.
The orders with Wärtsilä for the design and the equipment were placed in April 2020, and the equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard in the beginning of 2021.