Electrification and hybrid solutions
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Episode 5: Electrification and hybrid solutions

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Electrification & hybrid solutions – the power to change ferry operations

Electrification is already making significant inroads across the entire spectrum of ferry operations. At the larger end of the scale, hybridisation is fast becoming the standard for newbuild RoPax vessels, while at the smaller end fully electric commuter ferries are a familiar sight.

What determines the appropriate solution for your ferry operations? The answer lies with the vessel type and operational profile.

The electrification chapter of our guide takes you through all the options available, from flexible, fuel-saving hybrid solutions to zero-emission electric solutions. It also discusses the importance of intelligent energy management, which is critical to optimising energy flows and maximising efficiency, as well as the important role of land-based solutions like shore power.

The chapter concludes with some examples of how these technologies are being applied by pioneering ferry operators who are looking to optimise efficiency and achieve zero-emission operations.


Hear more from Juha Ahia, Project Manager, Newbuildings at Finnlines and Torsten Büssow, Director of Ship Electrification Solutions at Wärtsilä, discussing the proliferation of hybrid propulsion particularly in the commuter and RoPax segments, the importance of smart energy management to getting the most from hybrid setups and the growing need for shoreside power solutions in ports.

The route to profitable decarbonisation

Insights and practical guidance for the ferry segment

This white paper takes a deep dive into the challenges facing this hugely diverse industry as it plots a path towards zero-carbon operations. It provides an overview of the current state of play in the industry, a comprehensive review of its geographical nuances and an in-depth look at individual vessel types.

Solutions in more detail

Customer stories

  • Brittany Ferries

    With an 11.5 MWh energy storage system, Brittany Ferries’ two new RoPax vessels are record breakers. What rewards will they reap from hybrid operation?

    Read more about the hybrid solution
  • Finnlines’ three new RoRo vessels

    New RoRo vessels enjoy improved efficiency and sustainability with Wärtsilä’s electric hybrid propulsion and energy management and optimisation systems.

    Discover the Wärtsilä hybrid technology
  • Kootenay lake ferry reference
    Kootenay lake ferry

    By opting for Wärtsilä’s Hybrid Solution rather than a conventional propulsion arrangement, the operator will benefit from reduced fuel consumption and a far lower level of exhaust emissions.

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