From the 1st of January 2018, Fjord1 will be operating two new battery ferries on E39 Anda – Lote on the west coast of Norway. This will be the first ferry connection in Norway where the Road Administration requires use of zero-emission technology. The new ferries are an important step towards more environmental friendly public transportation.
Although the Road Administration has allowed for partly hybrid operation, using biodiesel or biogas on one of the ferries, Fjord1 is planning for fully electric operation of both ferries. Charging of batteries is made through fully automatic charging stations at the quayside. Battery capacity shall be sufficient to continue operations for several hours without charging, e.g. during maintenance on grid or charging stations.
The ferries are adapted to environmental requirements, travelers and expected traffic development. Cargo capacity is 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers. Construction will take place at Tersan Shipyard in Turkey, starting in October this year. The leading Norwegian ship design company Multi Maritime has developed the design, in close cooperation with Fjord1.
Tersan Shipyard and Multi Maritime both have extensive experience within their areas of expertise. Tersan Shipyard is one of the leading shipyards in Turkey. The yard has delivered a large number of advanced ships, including ships for Norwegian customers.
The cooperation between Fjord1 and Multi Maritime, and the development and utilization of the latest available technology, shows that the two companies separately and together are in the front when it comes to implementation of environmental technology. The ferries shall operate E39 Anda – Lote in the period from 2018 to 2027.