Published on 20.09.2018
Ferry traffic has a long tradition in this land of thousands of lakes and islands. Finferries currently operates more than 30 cable ferry routes in some of the most beautiful Finnish landscapes. As environmental considerations become more and more important and as the technology develops, Finferries has decided to initiate a project to electrify a cable ferry. The development work resulted in Finland’s first cable ferry powered by shore-side electricity. The ferry commenced traffic on the Högsar route in Nagu on Thursday, 20 September 2018.
The new technology will serve to reduce CO2 emissions considerably. The electric cable ferry receives its energy via a cable directly from the national grid. The electric cable is rolled up automatically on a reel aboard the ferry as the ferry travels. The electric cable ferry has a traditional diesel generator on board to provide reserve power in the event of an electrical outage.
“One of Finferries’ environmental aims is to minimise emissions with the help of technical solutions. It has been very satisfying to be able to develop an environmentally friendly electric cable ferry together with Laivasähkötyö. Still, it is too early to say what the electric cable ferry’s exact CO2 emissions will be compared with a traditional cable ferry, or for what kinds of ferry routes it will be suitable. That assessment will be made once the ferry has been in operation for a year. However, we expect a considerably smaller carbon footprint,” says Finferries’ CEO, Mats Rosin.
“For us, the project has presented a considerable opportunity to make use of the skills found among many of our group companies, in spite of Laivasähkötyö Oy having been responsible for the implementation itself. Our planning bureau, LST Engineering, provided the planning work, and our production company, LST Production, looked after the manufacturing of the electrical switchboard. The cooperation with Finferries has worked out tremendously well, and we are proud to be able to give them our support in a project of this kind requiring new solutions,” says Laivasähkötyö Oy’s managing director, Juha Hietarinta.