VIDEO: Damen e-ferry nominated for Ship of the Year Award

Written by Nick Blenkey
Ferry sailing under bridge

Bryggen is one of five Damen 2306 E3 design ferries delivered to Arriva Denmark in Copenhagen last summer.

Damen’s all-electric ferry Bryggen has been nominated for the 2021 KNVTS Ship of the Year Award. This prestigious prize is presented each year to an outstanding, technically innovative ship designed and largely built in the Netherlands.

Bryggen is one of five Damen 2306 E3 design ferries delivered to Arriva Denmark in Copenhagen last summer. The nomination committee recognizes that this new class is an exceptional design that implements a range of innovative digital shipbuilding techniques including remote measurement via a network of sensors placed inside the vessel. These are designed to deliver a better financial return and a reduction in maintenance downtime. Another key feature is an innovative automatic mooring system that establishes a safe connection between the ship and the high-speed onshore charging system.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) were used to optimize the hull design by minimizing water resistance, while advanced software measured the relationship between engine torque and propeller speed. This enabled the optimization of the battery array so as to minimize its weight, energy consumption and cost of operation while delivering the required performance.

The installation of sensors throughout these vessels allows Damen’s remote monitoring department to create a customized dashboard tracking key elements such as sailing patterns, battery lifecycle and swell dynamics. The data is then used to fine-tune the ferries to deliver greater efficiencies and reduce the downtime required for maintenance.

Damen delivered a turnkey package to Arriva Denmark, acting as the complete solution provider. This included implementing the solutions required for the shoreside supply of renewable electrical energy.

“We are very excited to have been nominated for this prestigious reward,” said Henk Grunstra, product director ferries at Damen Shipyards. “It recognizes the effort and achievement made right across Damen to develop Bryggen and her innovative, next generation sister ships. Together, we have delivered something that we hope that will have a large and positive impact on the passenger ferry sector.”

The final decision on the winner of the KNVTS Ship of the Year Award will be taken by a committee of independent experts and the prize, a model of an authentic, historic, Dutch fluyt ship, will be presented at a gala dinner on November 1.

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