Battery-powered fast ferry MS Medstraum named ship of the year

Corvus Energy congratulates Fjellstrand Verft, Kolumbus and all of our Maritime CleanTech cluster partners on their recognition as Skipsrveyen’s Ship of the Year for MS Medstraum, the world’s first zero-emission all-electric fast ferry.

“Ship of the Year 2022 goes to a ship that not only offers many technical innovations, but also has great transfer value to other ships in this group, as well as to the maritime sector in general,” says Skipsrevyen in his press release after the award. presentation at the SMM in Hamburg, the largest maritime exhibition in the world. Read more from Skipsrevyen

The Ship of the Year 2022 award went to Edmund Tolo, Head of Research and Development at Fjellstrand AS, who designed and built MS Medstraum, and Marianne Chesak, Mayor of Rogaland County, where the owner Kolumbus will operate the fast ferry. (Picture © Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy is honored to have been selected by system integrator Wärtsilä to supply the battery energy storage system (ESS) onboard MS Medstraum.

Corvus Energy recommended the Corvus Dolphin Power ESS from its ESS portfolio for this fast ferry application – a 147-passenger catamaran operating 24 hours a day with crossings lasting between 35 and 40 minutes. The Corvus Dolphin ESS on board MS Medstraum has a battery capacity of 1524 kWh and a shore charging power of 2.3 MW. The lightweight Corvus Dolphin Power ESS, combined with the ferry’s other innovative lightweight and streamlined design features, allows the fast ferry to travel at high speeds in an energy-efficient manner.

“Fast ferries require a lot of energy, so we had to make Medstraum lighter and much more efficient than traditional fast ferries. We are very happy and proud to have achieved this. It is revolutionary that a ship of this size can operate at 23 knots for an entire hour on electricity alone,” says Edmund Tolo, Head of Research and Development at Fjellstrand AS.

The Ship of the Year 2022 award went to Edmund Tolo, Head of Research and Development at Fjellstrand AS, who designed and built MS Medstraum, and Marianne Chesak, Mayor of Rogaland County, where the owner Kolumbus will operate the fast ferry. (Picture © Corvus Energy)

“This is an important step for passenger transport and an important step in the decarbonization of maritime transport,” said Halvard Hauso, chief commercial officer of Corvus Energy. “Corvus was proud to supply the battery for Ampere, the first all-electric car and passenger ferry, which paved the way for the more than 70 emission-free ferries currently operating in Norway and around the world. We hope Medstraum will also prove the technology is ready for zero-emission high-speed passenger ferries and kick-start the electrification of the world’s fast ferries.

MS Medstraum is the first ship to emerge from the TrAM (Transport: Advanced and Modular) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation program of the European Union and the Rogaland County Council, and facilitated by the Norwegian Maritime CleanTech cluster. .

Medstraum was recently put into service for operator Kolumbus on the suburban route between Stavanger and Hommersåk on the west coast of Norway. “Even operating on our most energy-efficient route, Medstraum will reduce our emissions by 1,500 tonnes per year. That’s the equivalent of 60 buses,” said Mikal Dahle, project manager at Kolumbus, which operates ten conventional fast ferries.

It is estimated that if this year’s winner’s technology is transferred to all similar vessels in Norway, emissions will be reduced by 500,000 tonnes/year. Globally, the fast ferry segment holds enormous potential for reducing carbon emissions from the commuter and passenger transport sector.
Source: Corvus Energy

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