Corvus batteries selected for four more BC Ferries hybrids

(BERGEN, Norway and RICHMOND, British Columbia) — Corvus Energy has been selected by Damen Shipyards to supply the energy storage system (ESS) for four new battery-hybrid ferries for BC Ferries.

BC Ferries placed a repeat order with Damen Shipyards Group for four Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3 design — known by BC Ferries as the Island-class vessels. The ferries are designed with the latest in advanced clean marine technology and are prepared for fully battery-powered, zero-emissions operation in the future. Until electrical charging systems are in place, the ferries will use a low sulfur diesel generator and battery hybrid system.

The four new vessels will provide ferry services between Vancouver Island and Quadra and Gabriola islands. Two new ferries will replace one older ferry on each route, resulting in more frequent service, more passenger capacity per hour and reduced vehicle lineups in addition to lower emissions. They join their sister ships — Island Discovery and Island Aurora, the two Island-class ferries of the same design delivered to BC Ferries earlier this year — as an integral part of BC Ferries’ strategy to lower fleet emissions.

“Our Clean Futures Plan spells out our strategy to reduce GHG emissions by replacing legacy carbon intensive fossil-fueled vessels with ships using clean energy,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO. “Batteries supplied by Corvus Energy, a local company in British Columbia, help us achieve this goal for our Island-class ships.”

The Corvus Orca ESS is an ideal fit for short-distance ferry projects due to its ability to operate in either hybrid or all-electric mode, its high-performance specifications including fast-charge capabilities, and patented technology that exceed industry safety standards.

The first two Island-class vessels are scheduled to come into service mid-2020 on the Powell River-Texada Island route and the Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula Island route.

These next four vessels are to be delivered in 2022. Two ferries will serve on each of the Campbell River-Quadra Island and the Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island routes.

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By Professional Mariner Staff