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Saft to supply batteries for third hybrid ferry in Scotland

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd's (CMAL) first two hybrid ferries have been very successful in saving fuel. CMAL is currently building a third hybrid ferry for which Saft will supply the batteries.
Published Jul 7 2015 — by Maritime Battery Forum

The two Saft Seanergy systems, which provide a total of 800 kWh of energy storage, will be at the heart of the diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system and energy management system for 'Hybrid III', the Roll On Roll Off or RORO passenger and vehicle ferry designed for use on Scotland's short sea crossing routes around the Clyde and Hebrides.

The new vessel, currently under construction by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd for CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd), will be Scotland’s third hybrid ferry when it enters service in autumn 2016, carrying up to 150 passengers and 23 cars. It is being funded by the Scottish Government to help meet the target set in its Climate Change Delivery Plan to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector by at least 20 percent by 2020. It will have a service speed of nine knots and because it uses both diesel and electric power, its fuel consumption will be significantly lower than a conventional ferry, leading to fuel and CO2 emissions that are at least one fifth lower than a conventional arrangement.

- Contract signed in April 2015 for two lithium-ion (Li-ion) Seanergy® systems to provide a total of 800 kWh of energy storage,

- Up to 30 percent savings in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd) hybrid ferry service for the Clyde and Hebrides in Scotland,

- Deliveries planned between July and December 2015.

Photo credit: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd

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