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LMG Marin signs a Design Contract for two Double Ended Diesel Electric Hybrid ferries for Norled built at Remontowa Shipyard

LMG Marin has been awarded for the design of two battery-plug-in double ended ferries for the Festøya-Solavågen connection. The two vessels, with a capacity of 296 passengers and 120 personal cars will feature innovative solutions for environmentally friendly operation, with great focus on ensuring the lowest possible energy consumption. The vessels will be delivered in the Fourth Quarter of 2019. The LMG Marin’s scope of work for this project covers the complete Class documentation.

On 11th July 2018 Remontowa Shipbuilding signed a contract for the construction of two Double Ended Diesel Electric Hybrid ferries for Norled, based on the LMG Marin design LMG 120-DEH.

The new ferries will be equipped with an innovative and highly efficient Diesel Electric Hybrid system. In normal operation the entire required power will be taken from two battery packs installed on board. The batteries will be recharged from the land grid during the vessels stay at quay which will typically be abt. 11 minutes. A fast charging solution of pantograph or plug-in type will therefore be used in order to ensure that the required state of charge of the batteries is maintained. The shore charging system will be integrated with an automatic mooring system (of vacuum or magnetic type) holding the ferries when at quay and giving the “green light” for the charging process to start. The intention is to use the generating sets that the vessels will be equipped with (running on 100% Biodiesel), only in case of emergency. The electric system will be, however, prepared to operate them alongside batteries, e.g. in peak shaving mode.

The new ferries will service the Festøya-Solavågen connection, close to Ålesund in Norway. They will be 114,4m long, 17,7m wide and capable of taking on board up to 120 personal cars and 296 passengers. The equipment on board will be selected based on maximum efficiency criteria. A good example are the thrusters which will be pulling type units with integrated Permanent Magnet motors ensuring high efficiency even at very low loads.

The ferries will be built according to the LMG 120-DEH design developed by LMG Marin who will also deliver the complete Class documentation. The design LMG 120-DEH features many energy efficient solutions including general use of heat recovery, full LED lighting, highly efficiency electric power transmission, demand-dependent HVAC system, low friction hull paint and lightweight construction.

The LMG 120-DEH design (with registered design protection) is also characterized by an innovative vehicle deck and accommodation arrangement that allows for fast and safe vehicle loading, significant energy savings and improved safety for crew and passengers.

About Norled:
Norled AS is one of Norway's largest ferry and express boat operators. The company has 80 vessels and operates ferry and express boat services from the Oslofjord to Troms County. Norled has invested significantly in new types of vessels and eco-friendly technology, and has developed solutions used solely by the company. The company has over 1,000 employees and an annual turnover of NOK 2 billion. The company's head office is in Stavanger with branch offices in Bergen and Oslo. Norled AS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskap AS.

About Remontowa:
Remontowa Shipbuilding is a new building yard being a member of Remontowa Holding – one of the biggest shipbuilding capital groups in Europe and the biggest one in Poland. Remontowa Shipbuilding has been in the market for more than 73 years and over this period delivered more than 1000 vessels to ship owners all around the world. While the company is capable of building almost any type of vessel, car passenger ferries remain its main area of expertise. Remontowa Shipbuilding delivered almost 40 vessels of this type during the last two decades, 12 of them were designed by LMG Marin (2 more are currently under construction).

About LMG Marin:
LMG Marin is one of Europe's leading naval architect and maritime engineering companies, a highly dedicated organization of skilled engineers and naval architects. The team is mastering the latest software and tools used in offshore engineering, as well as for building and operation of reliable, high performance and economically attractive ships and floaters. LMG Marin has built more than a thousand of ships based on the company’s drawings after it was established in 1943. The company has its main office in Bergen (Norway) with branch offices in Ålesund (Norway), Toulouse (France) and Szczecin (Poland). LMG Marin shares the growing market interest for new solutions that can reduce the greenhouse gases emissions and is proud to assists Norled and Remontowa in introducing cutting-edge, environmentally friendly solutions for the LMG 120-DEH series.

LMG Marin is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.

For more information, please contact:
Vincent Rudelle
Managing Director, LMG Marin France
Phone: +33 678 593 122
LMG Marin website:
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LMG Marin signs a Design Contract for two Double Ended Diesel Electric Hybrid ferries  for Norled built at Remontowa Shipyard