From 2022, the ferry is planned to be used for the one-nautical mile crossing between Forte da Barra and São Jacinto (Source: Danfoss’ Editron division)

Danfoss’ Editron division to power first Portuguese electric ferry

Portuguese yard Navaltagus has an order to construct a 37m-long passenger/vehicle ferry with electric power. Danfoss’ Editron division will provide a fully electric marine drivetrain system to cut emissions and reduce running costs. The two-deck ferry will be capable of carrying up to 260 passengers and 19 vehicles.

The Portuguese local government authority of Aveiro will integrate its first fully electric ferry into its public transport system next year. The vessel will replace the existing diesel-powered ferry operating between Forte da Barra, in Ilhavo, and Sao Jacinto, in Aveiro. The new electric ferry forms part of Portugal’s effort to accelerate the transition to emission-free public transport. Increased electrification of the transport sector will play a key role in the country’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Philipp Fedorov, Marine Sales Director, Editron Division, Danfoss, said: “Portugal has recently started to integrate electric solutions in its maritime transport, and we’re delighted to be working on one of the country’s first projects. The electrification of the marine industry is of utmost importance to enable countries to reach their carbon neutrality targets. We’re looking forward to working on similar projects across Southern Europe.”

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore