Corvus wins battery deal for five Fjord1 ferries

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

29 January 2019


A deal between Norwegian ferry operator Fjord 1 and Canada-based battery manufacturer Corvus will see five new all electric ferries supplied with batteries.

The contract is part of Fjord1’s fleet modernisation programme which followed from the company winning a number of tender competitions where minimum emission requirements set by the Norwegian authorities had to be met.

Havyard was given the design and construct contract in May 2018. The five all-electric ferries are of Havyard 932 design and will be built in Havyard Shipyard in Leirvik, Sogn. Each 67m ferry can hold 50 cars and will be equipped with air-cooled Corvus Orca Energy ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s NES all-electric power and propulsion system. The Corvus equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2019 and all five ferries will be fully operational by January 1, 2020.

To date, Corvus Energy has supplied energy storage systems on eight Fjord1 electric ferries operating on four Norwegian coastal routes. The company claims it has provided battery power to more ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined. Beginning with the first zero-emission ferry, Ampere, Corvus Energy’s systems have now been selected for over 40 similar short distance hybrid and all-electric ferries globally.

“Corvus Energy is honoured to once again be selected by NES to provide Energy Storage Systems for Fjord1 ferries,” said Roger Rosvold, Vice President Sales at Corvus Energy. “NES are skilled and experienced electrical system integrators, and our close partnership with them in designing and delivering these innovative solutions is key to accelerating the adoption of energy storage systems.”

“Fjord1 continues to forge a very progressive path towards environmentally sustainable operations with these additional all-electric ferries,” said Stein Ruben Larsen, Senior Vice President Sales at NES, a total system integrator of electric systems for the global marine market. With respect to their ESS selection, he remarks, “The proven reliability, safety and performance of the Corvus ESS was important in awarding this contract to Corvus Energy.”