• 2019 December 2 15:00

    Volvo Penta powers hybrid ferries in Scandinavia

    Norwegian boat yard GS Marine Production AS is in the process of building three hybrid and hybrid-ready ferries – all powered by Volvo Penta, Volvo Penta says in its press release.

    GS Marine built its first boat in 1993 and it made quite a splash in the market for being the largest molded pleasure boat in Norway at the time. This became the precursor to its first cruise ship – Nordic Lady – which was delivered in 1998. Now a major boatyard, GS Marine is delivering hybrid solutions to operators such as Strandfaraskip Landsins and
    Norled AS, with the help of Brunvoll– a single-source supplier of propulsion, positioning, and maneuvering systems – and Volvo Penta.

    GS Marine is currently building a new ferry for Faroe Island operator, Standfaraskip Landsins. This ferry will have a speed of 20 knots and be powered by two of Volvo Penta’s engines. The D13-700 IMO III engines have a power output of 515kW at 2,250 rpm and will be coupled with a Brunvoll hybrid control system – allowing the vessel to run on the engines or electric alone, and even both in unison. Still under construction, this ferry will not be fitted with diesel gensets, as the engines will, through the electric motor connected to the gear, act as generator. This means that the Volvo Penta engines will supply all energy on board – in addition to plug-in facility when in port. Delivering near-zero-emissions, as well as high speed at sea, this ferry will be a welcome addition to Strandfaraskip’s growing fleet of hybrid boats.

    But this isn’t GS Marine’s first time building a hybrid boat. In April 2019 the company delivered the first of two, hybrid and hybrid-ready ferries to Norwegian operator Norled AS. Having recently signed a 10-year contract to operate the Haugesund-Røvær-Feøy route Norled invested in this new technology. The Fjordled ferry is the first hybrid boat operating in Norway, and her sister vessel Fjordöy is set to join her late this year.

    These ferries are powered by two Volvo Penta D13 MH engines – both producing 441 kW at 1,900 rpm. The Fjordled ferry uses Volvo Penta IMO Tier III emissions compliant engines. Volvo Penta’s IMO III engine and after-treatment concept is a global solution for commercial marine operators. The Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) is based on both Volvo Penta’s own experience in powering industrial off-road applications and the wider expertise of the Volvo Group.

    In addition to the engines, the boat has two electric motors – with power outputs of 85 kW at 2,100 rpm – that are mounted directly on gears. The battery pack consists of three strings with a total of 140 kWh capacity (110 kWh is usable capacity). Due to the large battery capacity, there is no need to use standard generators to provide electric energy, allowing an uninterrupted power supply to electric and electronic systems on board.

    “In Battery mode, the Fjordled is capable of 11 knots, but only 6-7 knots are required for harbor steaming,” explains Ingebjørn Aasheim, Naval Architect at GS Marine. “In Battery mode the boat is close to silent, which is much appreciated by locals and when passing popular marinas. Harbor steaming is approximately 30% of the operation, using electro-propulsion gives a better load profile on the engines, which in time results in less maintenance.”

    These new hybrid vessels are equipped with SCR exhaust after treatment certified for IMO tier III, and meet future environmental requirements. Overall, these vessels emit 80 percent less NOx than the previous ferries traveling this route.

    “Additionally, the Volvo Penta engines can run on HVO fuel as well as diesel,” explains Richard Johansson, Area Sales Manager at Volvo Penta. “When you combine the SCR technology with HVO fuel you not only reduce NOx you also reduce CO2 significantly. Add the fact that they can also be powered by batteries and you have an extremely efficient system.”

    These moves towards electromobility are vital if Norway is to achieve its long-term goal of becoming a ‘low carbon society’ by 2050 – with an 80-95% reduction below its 1990 carbon levels. However, current infrastructure cannot support full-electromobility and electric vessels cannot currently travel long distances. These parallel hybrids are therefore a good stepping stone – combining high cruising speeds achieved by diesel engines with emission-free battery power close to shore.

    Volvo Penta is an active player in marine electromobility developments and continues to work hard to improve its power solutions – making them more efficient – to facilitate hybrid marine solutions.

    Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

2019 December 15

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12:01 USCG begins ice breaking operations in western Great Lakes
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2019 December 14

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2019 December 13

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16:33 ABB wins contract to power Genting’s next-generation cruise vessels
16:12 ABB completes delivery for the world's most advanced icebreaking LNG carrier fleet
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15:33 MacGregor deck handling solution supports China’s Xue Long 2 icebreaker operation
15:12 Polarcus awarded 10-month acquisition program offshore Brazil
14:32 Rotterdam Port Fund invests in Fleet Cleaner
14:11 Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore Norway
13:43 Moín Container Terminal reaches 1 million TEUs
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10:34 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
10:24 WMU President reports to the IMO Assembly
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2019 December 12

18:36 EBRD finances Tekirdag port on Turkey’s Sea of Marmara
18:05 Dutch Drone Delta established with Port of Rotterdam Authority support
17:51 Port of Southampton continues infrastructure investment with £3m crane
17:30 Baltic Workboats shipyard delivers 19 WP Oilrec workboat
17:05 The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes the Green Deal for Europe
16:46 MOL orders 2 next-generation 'EeneX' coal carriers
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16:26 Klaipėda LNG terminal welcomed three large and four small LNG vessels in November
16:05 Air quality sensor in the Port of Rotterdam checks sulphur emissions from shipping
15:57 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Nov’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1.12 million tonnes
15:34 Alewijnse wins electrical contracts for two additional Combi Freighters at Damen Yichang Shipyard
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14:36 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches dry cargo carrier Pola Anastasia of Project RSD59
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13:12 Austal USA delivers USNS Puerto Rico to U.S. NAVY
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