Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with public transport company Arriva Danmark for five fully electric ferries.
Named Damen Ferry 2306 E3, these vessels are designed to be environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable. Arriva will operate the ferries for its client, Danish public transport agency Movia, in the country’s capital city Copenhagen.
A statement said both Damen and Arriva share a common vision of reducing the environmental footprint of public transportation by using innovative technology. Equally, both parties place “great importance on the customer experience in terms of safety, reliability and comfort”.
For the tender process of this contract, Damen’s inhouse engineering team conducted extensive studies into the best possible solution for the operation in question. A key feature was environmental performance. Damen considered biodiesel, hybrid and full-electric solutions and decided a zero-emission, fully electric solution offered the best results in terms of sustainability. It also transpired that over the 12-year period of the contract, this was the most cost-efficient solution.
Another crucial requirement was that the new vessels be able to fit into the existing framework – including using current timetables and infrastructure, and carrying at least 60 passengers. Damen has developed a design with a capacity for 80 passengers, tailored so the vessels can dock bow first at the existing jetties.
Damen will install fast charging points at the jetties at each end of the route. These will apply solutions already proven in land public transport solutions. Charging, which will take place with each voyage, will take seven minutes.
On board comfort was also an important factor. The ferries, without diesel engines, offer very low noise and vibrations. The passenger area – low in the water for wind protection – features very large windows, while the roof is also glazed. The wheelhouse has been raised to the highest possible position to provide operators with the optimal viewpoint.
Arriva Danmark director Torben Hansen said “This is third consecutive occasion that Arriva has secured the contract to provide this service to the City of Copenhagen. We are very proud and honoured to play our part in assisting the city as it strives to meet its target of zero emissions in public transport in the coming years. This new vessel order is perfectly aligned with our role at the forefront of the switch from diesel to electric power. Damen has proven to be the right partner for this project. Their experience with fully electric vessels has positioned them well to support and advise us in our mission to provide the city of Copenhagen with clean, safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation.”
Damen sales manager Martin Verstraaten said “Throughout the tender process, the collaboration between all parties has been excellent. Combining Arriva’s operational knowledge with our shipbuilding experience has delivered a design that answers all the needs of this project; a zero-emission, low-maintenance solution that offers real value for money.”
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