Schottel has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully electric vessels to operate in Canada. The two new double-ended ferries will be operated by MTO, the ferry service of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Damens full electrification concept for the ferries serving Kingston and Wolfe Island, as well as Millhaven and Amherst Island, will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7,000,000kg of carbon dioxide per year. The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020. With a length of 68m (223ft) and width of 25m (82ft), it will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will have a length of 98m (322ft) and a width of 25m (82ft) for transporting up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds up to 12kts, which equals the speed of conventional propulsion. Four Schottel STP 260 FP twin propellers, each with an input power of up to 550kW, will propel each ferry. Batteries will provide the main propulsion with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St Laurence River of the Canadian province of Ontario, the thrusters will fulfill the requirements of Ice Class 1A. There has been close cooperation with Schottel in this project that aimed at identifying highly efficient future innovations and green technologies for sustainable power solutions, said Damen Shipyards Leo Postma, area manager, Canada. Schottels international network and propulsion knowledge that we have relied on for decades and we already have supported, made this project a comprehensive solution for the customer.
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