Diesel electric ferry to be upgraded to battery hybrid

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Ferry Tõll is soon to be upgraded to battery-hybrid by Norwegian Electric Systems. Photo: LMG Marin

Godvik, Norway, headquartered Norwegian Electric Systems has signed a contract with Estonian shipbuilder Baltic Workboats to upgrade the diesel electric propulsion system onboard the ferry Tõll to battery-hybrid.

The ferry operator TS Laevad, a subsidiary of port company Tallinna Sadam, operates the ferry routes between Western Estonia’s major islands and mainland. The upgraded hybrid-ferry, serving the Virtsu-Kuivastu route, is expected to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel by one fifth as a result of the hybridization project.

The peak-shaving hybrid solution is designed by LMG Marin and the battery banks are supplied by Corvus Energy.

“We have been in close contact with TS Laevad, LMG Marin, Corvus Energy and Baltic Workboats during the sales process,” says Fridtjof Erichsen, Regional Sales Manager in Norwegian Electric Systems.

Norwegian Electric Systems is the system integrator on the project and has developed a robust hybrid-electric propulsion system that has been successfully delivered on several ferries,

The conversion work will take place in fourth quarter 2019, and according to the agreement, Tõll will be sailing on battery power at the latest by February 2020. Based on a successful project, the technology will be deployed on all four new environmentally friendly electric ferries operated by TS Laevad.

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