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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Sweden’s Öresund Dry Docks has completed a project to convert the diesel-powered Tycho Brahe and Aurora in to the largest all-electric, emission-free ferries in the world.

The 100m vessels, built in 1991, were each converted to operate on A 4160kWh battery, as part of ForSea’s strategy to reduce the environmental footprint along a 4km route between Sweden and Denmark. The vessels operate on a high intensity ferry route that transfers over 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles between urban port terminals in Denmark and Sweden.

“We are delighted that the entire system is in place to support the emissions-free operations we envisaged from the outset,” said Johan Röstin, CEO, ForSea. “This is a truly ground-breaking project and the work we have done with ABB will offer invaluable lessons for those following our lead. In shipping, innovation takes time and patience, and we always kept sight of the environmental benefits at stake.”

In addition to its award-winning Onboard DC Grid power distribution technology, ABB also supplied automated shore-side charging stations using an industrial robot to optimise the connection time and maximise the charging period, leveraging 3D laser scanning and wireless communication between ship and shore.

“This project signals a profound shift for the maritime industry, and shows a path towards zero-emission operations, aligned with International Maritime Organization’s goals for decarbonisation,” said Marcus Högblom, Head of Passenger, Dry Cargo and Ice Segment, ABB Marine & Ports. “We congratulate ForSea on the inauguration of these vessels, and we are proud to have worked closely with them to deliver this pioneering solution.”

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