Turkish shipyard Cemre has announced that it has won a contract from Torghatten Nord AS to build a new double-ended Ro-Ro ferry for passengers and vehicles for the Norwegian operator.
Developed by The Norwegian Ship Design Company, the 117-meter-long double-ended car and passenger ferry designated NSD120CFc will operate normally emission-free in exposed waters for the entire one-hour transit of the Bognes – Lødingen route in the north. part of Norway at a speed of 13-14 knots. Transit time (and speed) brings a new record among Norwegian battery ferries, according to the manufacturer.
The vessel will normally run on battery power with all power coming from the shore grid via high capacity automated charging connections. In the event that shore power is not available, the biodiesel generators will provide sufficient power for normal operation.
The double-ended ferry must be equipped with two completely independent propulsion and power systems. The systems must be arranged so that after any single fault, including fire and flood, at least one of the two independent power and propulsion systems remains operational. The 399-passenger vessel will be built to DNV class rules and will fly the Norwegian flag.
“Torghatten Nord AS is a proud winner of the next tender period on the Lødingen – Bognes route with revolutionary zero-emission vessels, having operated the same ferry route for 10 years with low-emission LNG ferries . The solution represents a change from the crossing time and size of vessels operated by zero-emission battery ferries. As a shipyard with great competence in future technologies, CEMRE is the selected shipyard for the construction of this vessel,” said Eirik Olsen, COO of Torghatten Nord.
“We believe that as a result of this fruitful partnership, the vessel will take its place among the prestigious vessels in the industry upon completion,” said Burak Mursaloğlu, Business Development Manager, CEMRE SHIPYARD.
“The vessel is designed with particular emphasis on low energy consumption. Energy efficiency permeates the overall design as well as most systems and technical solutions on board. As always in our creations; traffic safety, comfort and efficiency must be top notch,” says Hans Kristian Dyrli, Project Development Manager at Norwegian Ship Design.