Singaporean shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine delivered the last of three fully battery-operated roll-on/roll-off passenger ferries for Norwegian ferry operator Norled in early January 2023.

The vessel, Leikanger, is the third and final Ropax unit built for Norled by Sembcorp Marine, and follows the handover of the sister vessels Hella and Dragsvik in March and July 2022.

The zero-emission vessels are based on a proprietary design developed by Sembcorp Marine’s wholly-owned subsidiary, LMG Marin AS.

Similar to the sister ferries, Leikanger runs on lithium-ion batteries charged by hydro-electric energy power. The vessel can also operate in hybrid mode using combined battery-diesel power as an alternative.

Leikanger is also designed with a focus on safety and comfort for passengers and crew. The vessel is equipped with quick-connection shore charging plugs, auto-mooring and auto-cross capabilities, efficient hull, propulsion and heat recovery systems, as well as minimized hotel and auxiliary load solutions.

The vessel was transported to Norway by a Rolldock heavy lift vessel.

Leikanger will be deployed on Norled’s short-sea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik routes in Norway, joining the first sistership Hella, which commenced service in May 2022, and second sister vessel Dragsvik, which started operations in December 2022.

With a service speed of 10 knots, the 82.4m multi-deck, double-ended ferry has the capacity to carry 300 persons, as well as 80 cars or a combination of up to 10 cars and 10 trailer trucks.

Norled took delivery of its first zero-emission ferry, Ampere, in 2014. Ampere was designed and built by Fjellstrand shipyard, located on the southwest coast of Norway, with battery technology provided by Siemens.

In September 2014, the vessel won the prestigious “Ship of the Year” award at the SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany.

Sembcorp Marine says these latest three additional zero-emission Ropax ferries will further advance Norled’s objective of driving the green shift towards sustainable ferry operations and decarbonization in the marine industry.

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