A new zero-emission electric ferry will be integrated

The first all-electric ferry in Southern Europe is built by Navaltagus Reparação e Construção Naval, member of Grupo ETE, in Portugal.

Designed by Vera Navis Naval Architects, the zero emission ferry is under construction and will operate in Aveiro, Portugal.

Shift Clean Energy and Nave De Luz Lda (NDL) co-lead a consortium responsible for supplying and installing electrical components for the new vessel. Other members of the consortium include Danfoss Editron, Power Electronics and Technology Venture Middle East Marine Services LLC, technology integration consultants and Marine Electricals (I) Pvt. Ltd.

The ferry will be fitted with the transmission from Danfoss’ Editron division and a battery system supplied by SPBES PLANB. Danfoss Editron division marine transmission consists of a fully integrated DC link system for power plant and propulsion including power electronics, hotel transformers, DC link cabinets and software power management.

The ship will replace the existing diesel ferry used for the one nautical mile crossing between Forte da Barra and São Jacinto, in 2022.

Navaltagus estimates that the new ferry will help save around 300 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, while making the crossing more comfortable and quieter for passengers.

The 37-meter, two-story ferry will be capable of carrying up to 260 passengers and 19 vehicles, a capacity increased by 90% and 30% respectively compared to its existing counterpart. Despite its increased capacity and the change in power source, the new ferry will be able to maintain its 15 minute crossing time and five knot speed, with the potential to reach nine knots.

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