Estonia’s first hybrid ferry begins operations

Through the conversion, the ferry will from now on partial travel on electricity, which reduces the amount of diesel used and minimizes air pollution.

For several years now, we have been working to completely eliminate the use of fossil fuel on ferries in the Väinameri Sea area and achieve the zero-emission goal. The conversion of Tõll into Estonia’s first hybrid RoPax vessel is an important step towards this direction.

….said chairman of the management board of TS Laevad Jaak Kaabel.

For the records, the reconstruction process cost approximately 1.6 million euros, while behind the retrofit was TS Laevad, which installed batteries at Tõll.

What is more, the battieries will reduce diesel consumption by 20% thus also reducing CO2 emissions by 1600 tons per year. In addition to emissions, underwater noise and vibration levels are also reduced.

According to the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure Taavi Aas, the entire transportation sector is moving towards achieving the climate goals, and TS Laevad that provides for transport between the mainland and the islands, plays an important part here.

Ambitious climate targets are accelerating the transition to cleaner technologies and solutions. The first hybrid passenger vessel is a development benchmark for all ferry shipping in Estonia.

…Taavi Aas said.

Concluding,  the construction work was carried out by Baltic Workboats acting as a general contractor, the batteries were supplied by Corvus Energy, the electrical and automatic equipment by Norwegian Electric Systems, and the peak-shaving hybrid solution was designed by LMG Marin.

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