Stockholm launches first ice-class hybrid ferry

Stockholm launches first ice-class hybrid ferry

Swedish company Waxholmsbolaget has launched Stockholm’s first ice-capable hybrid passenger ferry.

The hybrid ferry is built by Baltic Workboats and is equipped with two diesel-electric hybrid drive trains with permanent magnet electrical motors and generators supplied by Danfoss Editron. A battery pack is also included.

The ferry will carry 150 passengers and operate in waters with ice up to 25cm deep.

This is the second project by Danfoss Editron and Baltic Workboats. The first was a hybrid patrol vessel that was built and delivered to the Estonian border authorities.

Project manager Kari Savolainen, Danfoss, said that stricter global climate regulations will increase demand for ships such as this one and believes that Scandinavian countries are leading the way in electrifying marine transport.

In 2015, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association was one of the first countries to commit to CO2-free shipping by 2050.