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Volvo Penta to supply gensets for Norwegian operator Boreal

Volvo Penta to supply gensets for Norwegian operator Boreal

Turkish boat builder Sefine Shipyard has won a contract to supply five electric ferries to Norwegian operator Boreal, each assisted by two generator sets (gensets) of the Volvo Penta D13 MG IMO III.

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The ferries will operate in the inner Oslo fjord to and from the islands and run scheduled services during the day.

The vessels built by Multi Maritime will each have a length of 35 meters, a beam of eight meters, and two passenger decks that can accommodate up to 350 passengers.

Under DNV-GL classification regulations, the ferries will be built. 

And though genuinely electric, given today's energy storage limitations, should they need it, thanks to Volvo Penta 's best possible IMO III diesel solution, the vessels will be able to fall back on range-extending capacity. This will guarantee that schedules and the welfare of passengers are never disrupted.

Where necessary, the ferries will refuel at the dockside, with the batteries receiving additional electric propulsion provided as required by the Volvo Penta gensets.

The new ferries are part of Norway's announced intention of electrifying all passenger transport in Norwegian waters. The boats will replace the current diesel fleet and have been designed to comply with the new IMO regulations, but not explicitly conceived for the Volvo Penta range.

The Turkish team of Volvo Penta is assisting with the installation and commissioning, made easier by its compact design.

“This is a very exciting contract win for us. Working in Oslo’s fjords is prestigious and gives a high profile to Volvo Penta’s IMO III solution – and our ongoing ambitions to promote electrification and sustainable propulsion systems," says Mehmet Belibağlı.

Sefine is rushing to reach the tight deadline of touch to get all five ships operational by 2022. Later this year, Volvo Penta will start supplying its IMO III generators, with the last two generators being delivered by mid-2021. Each generator set will deliver electrical power of 265 kWe.

“Our Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) based IMO III gensets are extremely compact. Not only that, our system offers greater efficiency, as they are designed from the start to work together. This ‘one stop shop’ approach allows us to package all the componentry tightly, ensuring easy installation and maintenance," said Jacob Vierø, Sales Project Manager at Volvo Penta.

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