The Government of Ontario is to introduce two new fully electric ferries to operate on the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes, reducing emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.
The vessels will be built by Damen Shipyards. As part of the tender process for the building contract, Damen had to identify future innovations and green technologies for sustainable power solutions. According to Damen, the ferries will be designed to ensure the performance profile is not affected by electrification.
Damen’s scope of work in the project includes the installation of an automated mooring system, as well as a charging system, which will enable the vessels to be automatically connected to the shore side power for recharging the batteries.
The first ferry will transport 300 passengers and 42 cars and the second ferry 399 passengers and 75 cars at speeds up to 12 knots. One ferry will service Kingston and Wolfe Island and the other Millhaven and Amherst Island.
The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, says: “This is great news for residents and commuters in this region, knowing they will soon be able to ride a ferry that is completely powered by electricity. Investing in innovative green technology is helping Ontario become a leader in North America for sustainable transportation and our government is committed to improving service, while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint.”