While The BC Ferry Corp. are building gas ferries in Poland, Norway are building same size ferries, run with batteries ! These should be built in BC.
This is the Ship of the Year 2014 Rolls - Royce Marine Ulsteinvik propellers Norway, developed the world's first electric ferry .BUSINESS Herøy News Published : 10:09 2014 2:10 p.m. Last Updated :10:09 2014 2:25 p.m. The world's first battery-powered ferry , " ZeroCat 120 " is assigned journal Skipsrevyen Rate Ship of the Year 2014 award was presented Wednesday at the world's largest shipping exhibition SMM in Hamburg. Rolls - Royce Marine Ulsteinvik has contributed to the development of innovative ferry with custom thrusters. In addition, Rolls - Royce contributed consulting in hull design and hydrodynamics based on advanced analytics , the company said. An important point in the development of the ferry was to use a propulsion system that requires the lowest energy consumption under the fjord crossing , while still ensured safe and efficient maneuvering to and from the ferry dock . This is important so that the battery pack will not be too big, heavy and bulky , says Rolls - Royce said in a statement. The ferry shall traffic in the Sognefjord from 1 January . Special Thrusters The vessel has a thruster in each end of one catamaran hull. Thruster is the first with a propeller that can be adjusted to sail position. This means that the four blades on the forward Azipull thruster ( not in use during speed ) is adjusted to an angle that produces minimal resistance from the water flow . To achieve a further reduction in energy consumption , the hydraulic control of the steering gear has been replaced with electric control , said Rolls- Royce. In addition, the hull design given room to install propellers with larger diameter than is usual on a shuttle ferry . The result is better propulsion efficiency and thus less energy from the batteries . The ferry has capacity for 120 cars and 360 passengers and will operate at around 10 knots.