Published 2022-03-18 00:00:00
Sembcorp Marine Completes Ropax HELLA for Norled

he design and construction of zero-emission Ropax ferries – a proprietary design from Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary LMG Marin – marks the Group’s entry into the Ropax niche market

The successful execution of this project broadens Sembcorp Marine’s proven capabilities in innovative and sustainable engineering solutions

Singapore, 15 March 2022 – Sembcorp Marine Ltd (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) has completed fabrication of the first of three identical battery-operated roll-on/roll-off passenger (“Ropax”) ferries for Norled AS (“Norled”), a Norwegian ferry operator.

The Group was awarded a contract by Norled to design and construct three identical battery-powered Ropax ferries, based on the proprietary design of LMG Marin AS (“LMG Marin”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

The vessels’ design is optimised according to Norled operational requirements incorporating energy-efficient solutions throughout the ferries. These include quick-connection shore charging plugs; auto-mooring; auto-cross; efficient hull, propulsion and heat recovery systems; as well as minimised hotel and auxiliary loads. The vessels will operate normally on zero-emission, powered by lithium-ion batteries at a service speed of 10 knots. When required, they can run on combined battery-diesel hybrid backup modes. The batteries will be charged and recharged using green hydro-electric power.

The design of the 82.4-metre long multi-deck, double-ended ferries, each with a capacity for 300 passengers and crew, as well as 80 cars or a combination of up to 10 cars and 10 trailer trucks, also took into consideration passengers’ comfort and working conditions for the crew.

When launched into operation for Norled’s shortsea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik connections in Norway, it is expected to fulfil Norled’s objective to contribute to emission reductions through the introduction of innovative new vessels equipped with zero-emission technology.

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