Zero emission ferries

Innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries

Wärtsilä has launched a complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or very low levels of emissions. The design characteristic focuses on high energy efficiency with low resistance, both above and below the water line.

The new ferries are designed to run entirely on batteries, or in a battery-engine hybrid configuration where the fuel options are LNG or biofuel. In plug-in operation, the fuel consumption is reduced by 100% compared to conventional installations, and all local emissions are completely eliminated. With the plug-in hybrid configuration, emissions are reduced by 50%.

WSD Ferry designs

WSD 2001 SF ZERO 50 Ferry

WSD 2002 SF ZERO 60 Ferry

WSD 2005 SF ZERO 110 Ferry

WSD 2006 SF ZERO 120 Ferry

Wireless power technology

Wärtsilä is currently prototyping the world’s first inductive power charging system (wireless), as opposed to conductive (a physical cable), to charge a hybrid-powered car ferry. The system eliminates physical cable connections, thus reducing wear and tear caused by seawater, snow and ice, and enables charging to begin immediately when the vessel arrives in port. Renewable energy, battery solutions and performance are improving and getting cheaper. There is no reason not to implement them in coastal shipping.


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