Holland Shipyards Group has officially handed over the new build, fully electric ferry Sandøy to Brevik Fergeselskap. The vessel will operate within the waters of Eidangerfjorden, Norway, connecting Brevik with Sandøya and Bjørkøya.
The Sandøy is a fully electric ferry measuring 42 metres long and 11 metres wide and has the capacity to transport 98 persons and sixteen vehicles (cars). The vessel is completely emission-free and entirely powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1300 kWh. The Sandøy will be charged by means of a 600 kW shore charging facility, mostly during night.
Of all vessels, ferries lend themselves ideally for electrification of that sort, since the operating area is extremely predictable, and charging facilities are relatively easily accessible.
‘It has been an extraordinary year, in which we as owners haven’t been able to travel due to the global Covid restrictions,’ says Borgar Slørdal, Brevik Fergeselskap IKS. ‘Building a vessel while not being able to be physically present during the building, can be quite challenging. However, it absolutely dit not affect the trust, or the great cooperation with Holland Shipyards Group. We are very happy with the quality of the vessel and the cooperation, and are looking forward to seeing the Sandøy sailing in the Eidangerfjorden.’
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