Remontowa Shipbuilding is delighted to announce that “Festøya” – a battery hybrid car passenger ferry delivered by our Shipyard to the leading Norwegian ferry operator Norled – has been awarded the Shippax Award 2021 being the most prestigious award in the combined ferry, ro-ro and cruise industry.
The past year – 2020, although challenging due to the COVID 19 pandemic, was very busy and successful in terms of the number of completed vessels.
We are very proud that some of them have been recognized and awarded by globally valued international media. The latest addition to this list is “Festøya” – the first in the series of four ferries ordered by Norled and built according to the LMG 120-DEH design developed by LMG Marin and detailed documentation prepared by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting being a member of the Remontowa Holding capital group.
”Festøya” represents the new generation of battery hybrid ships fulfilling very stricte international regulations concerning levels of harmful emissions and being one of the most energy efficient vessels in its class.
In normal operation the entire required power is taken from two battery packs installed on board. The batteries are recharged from the land grid during the vessel stay at quay which typically lasts about 11 minutes. A fast charging solution is therefore used in order to ensure that the required state of charge of the batteries is maintained. The shore charging system is integrated with an automatic mooring system holding the ferry when at quay and giving the “green light” for the charging process to start. The intention is to use the generating sets that the vessel is equipped with (running on 100% Biodiesel), only in case of emergency. The electric system is, however, prepared to operate them alongside batteries, e.g. in peak shaving mode. The equipment on board was selected based on maximum efficiency criteria. A good example are the thrusters which are pulling type units with integrated Permanent Magnet motors ensuring high efficiency even at very low loads or state-of-the-art HVAC system. Worth mentioning is also the solution with the accommodation located below the car deck which considerably improves passenger flow and add to the overall vessel accessability.
The ferry complies with the rules and regulations of DNV and Norwegian Maritime Administration.
“Festøya” has been delivered to Norled in June 2020 and commenced operation on the Festøya-Solåvagen connection a month later.