Electric vessels that are already sailing
China is the proud owner of the world’s first all-electric cargo ship, and the ship is already in use. Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd. constructed the ship and it was launched in the city of Guangzhou in November 2017. The 70.5-metres-long vessel can travel 80 kilometres after being charged for two hours and has a travel speed of 12.8 kilometres per hour.
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The first all-electric inland vessels are also being built and this time by the Dutch company Werkina. If everything goes by plan, the first electric inland vessel will start operating in August 2018. In total, five small and six large electric ships are being built and the company Port-Liner will use the ships between the Netherlands and Belgium. The first electric inland vessel is 52 metres long and contains a large lithium battery that makes it possible to sail for 15 hours.
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The Norwegian Shipyard Fjellstrand constructed – in collaboration with Siemens and Norled – the first electric powered car ferry: the Ampere. The ferry is 80 meters long and 21 meters wide and it accommodates up to 120 cars and 360 passengers. After two years the results were impressive: emissions were cut by 95% and costs by 80%.
These results made the Norwegian Parliament go one step further: Norway’s world heritage fjords, like Nærøyfjord, have become popular tourist attractions and this resulted in local air pollution. To halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries, the fjords will be zero-emission zones by 2026 where only electric ships will be able to go.
Image credit: Courtesy of Fjellstrand AS.