Norwegian shipping company Norled has ordered three RoPax ferries from Singapore yard Sembcorp Marine.
This is the first design-and-construction project for a RoRo vessel for Sembcorp Marine. The hybrid-powered ships will be built by the group’s subsidiary LMG Marin and are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020. The three vessels are for Norled’s shortsea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik sailings in Norway. The 84.2m-long multi-deck, double-ended ferries can each carry up to 300 passengers and crew, plus 80 cars or a combination of ten cars and ten trailer trucks. The vessels will generally operate on zero-emissions lithium-ion battery power at a service speed of 10 knots. When required, they can run on combined battery-diesel-hybrid backup modes. Energy-efficient solutions to be installed on the ferries will also include quick-connection shore charging plugs, auto-mooring, auto-cross plus efficient hull, propulsion and heat recovery systems.