Norled ferry to undergo hybrid electric refit

Ibestad (Photo: LMG Marin)
Ibestad (Photo: LMG Marin)

Norwegian shipyard Havyard Leirvik has been awarded a contract by local ferry operator Norled to convert the propulsion system on one of its existing vessels into a hybrid electric configuration.

The Ro-Pax ferry Ibestad will be fitted with a hybrid electric solution that will also feature shore charging capability. The scope of the modifications will include interior works to accommodate compartments for the batteries and replacement of the two diesel engines with electric motors connected to the vessel's propellers.

The refit is scheduled to commence in August 2022.

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