The new electric ships will be carrying passengers on the river Limmat and the lake Zurichsee (Photo: Ostseestaal)

Ostseestaal builds electric-driven vessels for ZSG

German yard Ostseestaal GmbH has an order to build three electrically powered passenger ferries for operation on Lake Zurich and river Limmat in Switzerland.

Ostseestaal won a European-wide tender for the contract from the company Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (ZSG), which operates sailings on the lake. The emission-free vessels will replace three diesel-powered ferries which have been operating on the lake for about 30 years.

The three vessels will be 22.5m long, 3.8m wide, and represent the largest and most complex order won by the yard. They will need to pass under very low bridges and so must have very low superstructure. They are designed to carry 61 passengers with the customer calling for spacious seating. Along with passenger sailings they will also be used for events. They will have a top speed of 16 kilometres an hour. Batteries will be charged overnight from land power. The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered in December 2021 and the other two in August 2022.

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