Tuesday, December 7, 2021

North America’s first all electric car ferries are en route to Lake Ontario

The first, fully-electric road ferries to sail in North America are now on their way from Damen Shipyards Galati to Lake Ontario, Canada, to begin operations. Ordered by the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario, Canada, the Amherst Islander II and Wolfe Islander IV, 68 and 98 meters in length respectively, represent a new generation of zero-emission large ferries.

The vessels departed the yard on 26 August to be loaded on the semi-submersible transport vessel Super Servant 4 and will arrive in Lake Ontario in mid-September.

Both open-deck vessels can run fully electric but also have twin diesel generators installed to allow hybrid and full diesel propulsion for maximum redundancy so the shipbuilder. Damen Shipyards had received the order in 2018, with the brief to design vessels capable of operating in the often icy waters of Canada’s Great Lakes.

Damen Wolfe Islander 2. The All Electric Ferry will be able to carry up to 75 cars

Ontario’s new electric ferries are expected to carry one million passengers and 500,000 vehicles which travel annually between Wolfe Island and Kingston and the 270,000 passengers and 130,000 vehicles which travel to and from Amherst Island each year.

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The Amherst Islander II has a capacity for 40 cars. The Wolfe Islander IV is able to carry 75 cars.

The delivery of the vessels marks the completion of the first of the two stages of the project. The second stage, which Damen says is well underway, sees Damen working with the Ontario government to install DC charging facilities.

The DC charging station will use protected and heated charging plugs at the shore. Damen adds the charging stations on land will have extra energy storage not to overload the grid. Said shore batteries will be charged in 50 minutes via the grid and, together with the grid power, will charge the batteries on board in 10 minutes, delivering 6MW of power.

Leo Postma, Damen Area Director Sales Americas, added they were offering “turnkey packages for organisations looking for integrated all-electric ferry systems, working with local contractors and suppliers to install the shoreside infrastructure that best suits local requirements and conditions. It has been a pleasure working with the Government of Ontario to bring this project to fruition, and we very much look forward to seeing it fully operational. This is the future!”

Damen is providing full support with staff in Ontario for the 16-month warranty period and establishing a Service Hub in British Columbia to provide long term support to the Canadian market.

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