Hybrid passenger vessel undertakes first voyage

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Norwegian company Havila Voyages has announced that its first vessel, Havila Capella, has embarked upon its first voyage. The plug-in hybrid ships weigh 86 tons and have, claims Havila Voyages CEO Bent Martini, the world’s largest battery packs designed for passenger ships. Corvus Energy has supplied the batteries for the Havila Capella.

The Capella is the first of four new vessels. Each has a capacity of 6.1MWh, equivalent to around 600 high-spec Teslas.

“The batteries allow us to sail for four hours without noise and emissions, and we can sail quietly and sustainably through world heritage fjords and pristine nature,” says Martini. “The battery packs are just one of several measures that mean that our ships cut NO emissions by around 90% and CO2  emissions by around 25%.”

Havila Voyages sails the coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes. The hybrid ships are charged with clean hydropower at shore, and when the batteries are low, the vessels switch to natural gas. The hull is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency, and excess heat from cooling water is used for heating on board.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence, and the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International Awards.

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