The ferries being built at Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk for Transport for London are on schedule to be put into operation across the river Thames at the end of 2018.
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) is supplying the hybrid electric propulsion to power the four efficient thrusters that will make the vessels very maneuverable.
NES signed new contracts in 2016 with Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk for the delivery of two hybrid electric systems for the two new ferries. The contract has a value of NOK25-30M (US$2.9-3.5M). The LMG Marin 60-DEH design includes a propulsion system, which NES said is the “newest within green energy”.
The ferries shall be operating the link between Woolwich and North Woolwich across the River Thames. The Woolwich Ferry has been operating since 1889 and carries around 20,000 vehicles and 2.6M passengers a year across the River Thames.