LMG Marin signs a Design Contract for two innovative Battery-Hybrid ferries for Transport for London
LMG Marin and Remontowa Shipbuilding have been awarded, following a 9 month tender process, a contract by Transport for London for the design and construction of two battery-hybrid double ended ferries for the Woolwich Ferry service. The two vessels, with a capacity of 150 passengers and about 45 vehicles, will be designed with several energy saving innovative solutions. The vessels will be delivered to Woolwich in Q3 2018, and will replace the existing fleet of 3 vessels delivered 53 years ago. The LMG Marin’s scope of work for this project includes the Basic Design.
The two new vessels will feature a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion. The Lithium-Ion battery pack will allow for significant fuel savings by optimizing the engine fuel consumption, with one engine running at constant load. This solution will, alone, lead for fuel savings of more than 15% compared to a conventional modern propulsion solution, and to CO2 and NOx emissions reduction.
The shore terminals will be arranged with a system that allows for automatic mooring such that the power to the thruster units can be reduced to zero when the vessel is in the berth. This solution also reduces significantly the fuel consumptions and emissions.
The greenhouse gases are reduced by use of Selective Catalytic Reduction systems (SCR), Diesel Particle Systems (DPF) and Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). LED lighting is also used onboard for energy saving purpose.
These two double ended ferries will serve the Woolwich Ferry on the Thames River for Transport for London. This crossing being subject to side tide flow of more than 4 knots, a strong focus has been given by LMG Marin on the high maneuverability capabilities of the LMG 60-DEH as well as high redundancy of all machinery.