Major electrification contract awarded to NES

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Norway’s biggest ferry company Fjord1 has chosen Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to supply the electrical and automation package to be used in the modification of MF Norangsfjord. The modifications are scheduled for the last half of 2019. The ferry will serve the Aukra–Hollingsholmen route, where the quay at Hollingsholmen will be modified to include a complete charging system.

Good cooperation between Fjord1 and NES NES has delivered a number of hybrid electric propulsion systems in recent years for Fjord1’s new ferries. ‘We have developed a very good collaboration through these deliveries, and we know each other’s wishes and capacities, which is why we feel confident working together,’ says Stein Ruben Larsen, SVP Sales Norwegian Electric Systems.

Optimised technical solutions

NES has previously converted diesel-powered ferries to diesel-electric propulsion ferries, and this will be the first ferry to be modified to run as a hybrid fully-electric ferry. ‘Our designing, building, implementation and operating experience means that our customers can be confident that we will deliver high-quality goods and services.’

Stein Ruben Larsen says the most important task as a systems integrator is to ensure that all components are securely and optimally assembled and that they communicate well. ‘We are delivering a package where each individual component, their interaction and the overall product reflect NES’s position as among the best in the world at environmentally friendly technology.’

NES will deliver system integration and calculations for MF Norangsfjord’s modification to a hybrid ferry. The newly developed QuadroMaster DC power distribution board with the state-of-the-art Odin’s Eye DC grid solution are also part of the delivery.

With this contract, NES shows that it can provide complete solutions for environmentally friendly hybrid ferries both in the form of newbuilds and modification projects. ‘NES has great expertise in both ship technology and onshore charging systems, and our focus has now also become international so as to provide environmental solutions to enterprises abroad.’

The main services and components of the delivery are:

System integration and calculations
QuadroMaster® DC power distribution board, including Odin’s Eye® and frequency converters
Battery systems
Charging system with plugs and transformers
Upgrade of the vessel’s IAS and PMS system
Integration of the reporting system Ship Performance Monitoring (SPM)

Onshore deliveries comprise:

System integration and calculations
Charging plug
Power electronics, including batteries and charging system