Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel mbH (SFK), also known as the Kiel Tug and Ferry Company, has selected Netherlands-based Holland Shipyards for the design and delivery of a new hybrid ferry for foot passengers.
“After a competitive tender process, Holland Shipyards came out on top with the most appealing ship design, and the best hybrid drive train proposal,” said Holland Shipyards.
“Building on years of working with hybrid vessels, Holland Shipyards has developed significant insight in what designs require and what drivetrain setup suits what geographical location.”
According to the yard, the ferry design will boast a hybrid drivetrain that can be powered by either generators or by means of a battery bank.
Intermittent switching between the two power sources during operations will be at the push of a button.
“The main reason for this choice is that the battery system will be used for specific parts of the voyage,” it adds.
“Amongst others inside the city center, the ferry will not produce any harmful emissions, making the ferry a true leap ahead for the city.”
The first ferry will be named Gaarden and take approximately one year to build. SFK will be able to opt for an additional three sister vessels during the construction process.
Photo credit: Holland Shipyards
Published: 25 January, 2019
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