August 28, 2022
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Electric propulsion lets Norway ferry passengers hear the sounds of the fjords

Whisper-quiet electric and hybrid propulsion systems from Siemens Energy can cut vessel fuel consumption, emissions, and costs up to 90 percent

Reducing maritime emissions to fight climate change

When passengers on the Bastø Electric, the world’s largest all-electric car ferry, cross the Oslo Fjord, they can enjoy the mountain views, salt air, and sounds of waves and gulls in relative quiet.  The noise, fumes, and vibration of traditional diesel engines are gone. 

Climate change demands urgent action. And these technologies can revolutionize the maritime sector, which generates three percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, 81 percent of the world's 91,000 ships are small or medium-size vessels with decades-old, fossil-fueled propulsion systems. Fortunately, with today's advanced propulsion technologies, their operators can convert them to electric or hybrid electric to save fuel, maintenance, and GHG emissions.

Of course, in maritime propulsion applications, no one size fits all. That is why we offer tailor-made electric and hybrid systems for vessels of all kinds. Battery hybrid solutions, for example, can save up to 90 percent in fuel consumption, emissions, and costs. All with less noise — not only in Norway’s fjords but around the world.

Maybe it's a small piece we can do, but what we see ist that people have passion for this and if everyone does a little - this can make a big impact on the world.

Svein Erik Wasskaas

Adm. Captain Bastø Electric

Potential on reducing ferry emissions by electrification

Decarbonizing marine transport

World's largest all-electric car ferry