Ferry Business - Spring/Summer 2019

89 Kvarken Link orders new ferry from Rauma Marine Finferries ’ double-ended car ferry Falco used Rolls-Royce ’s Ship Intelligence technologies to autonomously navigate a route in Finland with 80 people onboard. The vessel used advanced sensors, artificial intelligence and collision avoidance capabilities to build a real- time picture of her surroundings and safely circumvent obstacles. The ferry also used the Rolls-Royce Autodocking system to automatically alter course and speed when docking. Finferries used sensor data to remotely control the ferry from its onshore operating centre on her return journey. Helsinki City Transport remotely controlled passenger ferry Suomenlinna II from its control centre using ABB ’s Ability Marine Pilot Vision situational awareness solution and its new Ability Marine Pilot Control system. The trial, which took place without passengers, was a world first for an existing passenger ferry. NEW TECHNOLOGIES Corvus Energy is to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for five all-electric ferries that are being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1. The air-cooled Corvus Orca Energy ESS was chosen by total systems integrator Norwegian Electric Systems to power its all-electric power and propulsion systems. Together, these technologies will enable each of the ferries to operate emission-free on four routes in Norway when they begin service on 1 January 2020. Finnish shipbuilding firm Rauma Marine Constructions is to build a dual-fuel car and passenger ferry for Kvarken Link. Powered by LNG/biogas and batteries, the ice- class ferry will transport 800 passengers between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden from spring 2021. Corvus Energy to help Fjord1 sail emission-free Global ferry association Interferry is to host its annual conference in Spain in 2021 and Morocco in 2022 as part of its aim to widen its membership base and international influence. Brittany Ferries will host the 2021 conference, while FRS will host the event in both Marrakesh and Tangier in 2022. This will be the first time it has been held on the African continent. Interferry chooses hosts for 2021 and 2022 conferences Ferry lines trial remotely operated vessels ABB will supply power and electric storage solutions for the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s new ferry, which will operate between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and the Westman Island. Designed by Polarkonsult, the 550-passenger ferry will be delivered later this year by Crist shipyard and will primarily be powered by a large battery pack (3,000 kilowatt-hours) from ABB, which will be able to recharge in the harbour in around 30 minutes. In particularly challenging weather conditions, the ferry will use its diesel- electric generator set. ABB to power Iceland’s first electric ferry Image: Polarkonsult DID YOU KNOW? Condor Ferries aims to cut over one million single-use plastics from its ships in 2019 Rauma Marine Construction