The all-electric high-speed craft Medstraum has wonSkipsrevyen’s Ship of the Year award (Source: Maritime CleanTech)

Electric ferry, Medstraum, wins Ship of the Year

A 147-passenger catamaran powered entirely by electricity, Medstraum, has won Skipsrevyen’s Ship of the Year award. The fast ferry, built by Norway’s Fjellstrand Verft, is operated by Kolumbus, a transport company, which has pledged to provide fossil-free transport by 2024. Traditionally, the award of the Norwegian trade publication was handed over at SMM in Hamburg.

The catamaran can operate around the clock, with crossings of between 35 and 40 minutes, powered by a Corvus Dolphin Power ESS (energy storage system) and shore power. Wärtsilä provided system integration.

The ferry is deployed on the Stavanger to Hommersåk commuter route on the west coast of Norway. The batteries and ESS have a capacity of 1,524 kWh, supported by shore charging power of 2.3 MW. The vessel’s lightweight and streamlined design enable it to sustain high speeds with energy efficiency.

Edmund Tolo, head of Research and Development at Fjellstrand AS, commented: "Fast ferries require a lot of energy so we needed to make Medstraum lighter and a lot more efficient than traditional fast ferries. We’re very happy and proud to have accomplished this. It is revolutionary that a vessel of this size can operate at 23 knots for an entire hour by electricity alone.“

The Medstraum is the first ship resulting from the Transport: Advanced and Modular (TrAM) project, funding by the European Union’s EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme and the Rogaland Country Council, and facilitated by the Norwegian cluster, Maritime CleanTech.

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