Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard has signed a formal contract to build Molslinjen’s passenger vessels ‘Als’ and ‘Samsø’ earmarked for the Bøjden-Fynshav and Ballen-Kalundborg routes.
The double-ended ferries were designed by OSK-ShipTech for zero-emissions by operating entirely on batteries, optimised for each route.
They will be 116.8 m long, and 18.2 m wide and built under Bureau Veritas (BV) class rules, while being compliant with the Danish National Flag regulations.
The zero-emission ropaxes are not only designed with high technology but also designed for high passenger comfort on board – to Scandinavian accommodation standards, the company said.
They are to be designed to comply with autonomous functionality ferry to fulfill the BV notations. ie auto-crossing and auto-docking operations, allowing for optimised operations, while increasing their energy efficiency.
The electrical system was designed to provide redundancy in case of failure and each vessel will be equipped with four steerable thrusters, which are driven by electrical permanent magnet motors.
There will also be four backup generators fitted each of 493 ekW fuelled by hydrogenated vegetable oil. During normal operations, only the battery system will supply the required power by complying with the zero-emission concept.
“Cemre Shipyard has been chosen because of the yard’s high level of quality and extensive experience in building electric double-ended ferries. It has been a huge task for us to prepare this construction and be ready in a very troubled world, but it will also be a very exciting process where we will take a very big step towards a green conversion of Danish domestic ferry service,” said Molslinjens CEO, Carsten Jensen.
“This design is the result of a long and strong partnership between Molslinjen and OSK-ShipTech. We have developed a valuable understanding of the owner’s business and operational strategy combined with the possibility to influence and optimise the entire journey from the passenger who arrives at the port and later departs from the vessel towards their final destination.
“This state-of-the-art design bridges the complete business model of the vessel by focusing on energy consumption, production cost, and passenger experience. Our co–operation with Cemre Shipyard will bring this project to a new level allowing these ships to operate with a minimum impact on the environment being powered by the most CO2 efficient energy from Danish offshore wind turbines,” added OSK-ShipTech’s Anders Ørgård.
“We believe these contracts will be a solid stepping stone to the long and successful partnership with Molslinjen and OSK-ShipTech. The challenging yet critically required technological development of these vessels fit Cemre’s dynamism and green agenda perfectly. We are looking forward to seeing the progress of these environmentally friendly projects,“ commented Yasemin Bilgehan Polat, Cemre Shipyard’s Business Development Supervisor.