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ESTONIAN FERRY TO CONVERT TO HYBRID POWER

Monday, July 29, 2019 

The Port of Tallinn subsidiary TS Laevad has contracted with Estonian shipbuilder Baltic Workboats to convert one of its ferries, 'Tőll', which operates between Virtsu and Kuivastu line, to hybrid operation.

During the reconstruction, a battery bank will be installed on the vessel. This is expected to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel by 20% with a corresponding reduction in exhaust emissions.

TS Laevad Chairman Jaak Kaabel said: “We believe that on shorter ferry routes the environmentally friendly power ships are the future of ferry traffic, both in Estonia and elsewhere, especially considering the global climate targets for reducing CO2 emissions. If the project is successful, the technology will be deployed on all four new ships.”

The battery banks will be supplied by Corvus Energy, the automation equipment by Norwegian Electric Systems and the peak-shaving hybrid solution is designed by LMG Marin. The total cost of the investment is €1.6 million.

Much of the work can be carried out with the vessel still in operation, with the final transition to battery power being undertaken in the last two weeks of the project, during which the ship will be out of service. Hybrid operation is expected to begin by the end of February 2020.

The port of Tallinn is said to be one of the largest cargo and passenger port complexes in the Baltic, which in addition to passenger and freight services, operates shipping business through its subsidiaries. TS Laevad provides ferry services between the Estonian mainland and the largest islands, and OÜ TS Shipping charters the multifunctional vessel Botnica for icebreaking and construction services in Estonia and offshore projects abroad.

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