Published on 29.06.2018
Finferries’ hybrid ferry Elektra has won a second international award this year. The Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2018, the world’s largest three-day event showcasing marine propulsion, was held in Amsterdam from 27 to 29 June and culminated in the traditional award ceremony. Finferries was presented with the event’s main award, “Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year”.
The award is a respected honourable mention given each year by an international panel of experts who judge the utilisation of innovative solutions in a system and the system’s operational reliability.
“For a shipping company of Finferries’ size, it’s unbelievable to receive this much international acclaim for the Elektra hybrid ferry,” says Mats Rosin, CEO of Finferries, of the award.
In spring, the Elektra hybrid ferry was also named ship of the year at another international exhibition in Amsterdam.
“This is yet more proof that our courage to invest in new, environmentally friendly technology was the right decision. Many parties were involved in the design of Elektra’s innovative power system.[K1] Special thanks go to Siemens, Rolls-Royce and the CRIST S.A. shipyard, and to the Finferries project group who worked with Elektra,” says Technical Director Mikko Jukakoski, who received the award on Finferries’ behalf in Amsterdam.
The Elektra hybrid ferry has operated along the route between Parainen and Nauvo since last June. Elektra’s transport capacity is 40% larger than that of the older vessel which operates along the route, but Elektra generates 60% fewer emissions. Elektra’s energy is primarily sourced from battery packs which are charged at each side of the crossing using a shore-based connection to the local grid. Diesel electricity is used alongside the battery packs as a back-up, which can be used in very icy conditions or in the event of a power outage, for example.