Cochin Shipyard to build 23 hybrid electric ferries for Kochi Water
India’s Cochin Shipyard (CSL) has been awarded a contract for the construction of 23 passenger ferries for operation in the Kochi metropolitan area in Kerala State.
The vessels will be operated by Kochi Water, a subsidiary of Kochi Metro Rail.
Each ferry will have a length of 24 metres and capacity for 100 passengers.
The vessels could run for up to one hour on fully electric mode courtesy of a propulsion system equipped with a lithium titanium oxide battery, which could be fully recharged in as little as 15 minutes’ time. For emergency purposes or for achieving higher speeds, the ferries will run on diesel propulsion.