Incat Crowther 32 electric ferry for Fullers360 (Source: Incat Crowther)

Electric ferry to join Fullers360 Auckland fleet

New Zealand yard Q-West Boat Builders will build an electric-powered ferry for New Zealand customer Fullers360.

The catamaran was designed by Australian marine architect Incat Crowther and will be 34.6m long and 9.5m wide. Designed specifically for the route, the vessel will provide an efficient, low emission, quiet service between Auckland and Devonport.

The ferry has the capacity to carry about 300 passengers and will have a service speed of 22 knots. The vessel’s drivetrain consists of four Danfoss EM-PMI540-T4000 electric motors directly mounted to Hamilton HTX42 water jets, with a battery arsenal of 1944 kWh to achieve maximum speeds over 28 knots. It is expected to annually save 750 tonnes of carbon on the Devonport route.

Q-West plans to start construction in April 2022 and the vessel is due to be in operation in 2023. This is the first step in a programme to decarbonise Fullers360’s Auckland ferry fleet.

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