NEC Hybrid Electric Systems to power Fjord1’s newbuilds

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

08 February 2017

Norway’s electrical company Norwegian Electric Systems (NEC) has signed a contract with compatriot shipbuilder Havyard Ship Technology for the delivery of hybrid electric systems for three new ferries ordered by transport conglomerate Fjord1.

Two of the ferries will operate the route between Brekstad-Valset and one ferry between Sandvikvåg-Husavik.

The Norwegian Road Authorities’ strict emission requirements for these two ferry routes have resulted in an electrical propulsion system using chargeable lithium ion batteries. The ferries are being designed by Multi Maritime.

The ferries, designed by Multi maritime A/S (Multi Maritime), are said to feature the "latest within environmentally friendly technology."

NES’ DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. The DC system also includes NES’ Odins Eye solution. NES says this is “an ultra-fast acting safety solution which is incredibly flexible too, allowing for future upgrades of the vessels, such as larger battery capacity and/or higher charging power from shore”.

“We have had a good and close contact with Fjord1, Havyard and Multi Maritime during this sales process”, says NES vice president sales Stein Ruben Larsen.