The Electric Ferry and How it’s Shaping Sustainable Travel
Sustainability

The Electric Ferry and
How it’s Shaping Sustainable Travel

The electric ferry is an environmentally friendly transportation mode that is slowly replacing the original gas and fossil fuel models. In some cases, there are hybrid boats that have significant lower emissions and these ferries are labelled as green transportation due to being battery-powered. The world’s first ever electric ferry that was powered by batteries came from Norway, and they are paving the way for more of these passenger boats to become more eco-friendly around the globe.

How are electric ferries sustainable?

When you move to green transportation from the typical fossil fuel engines, there are a few different ways they benefit the environment. One way that battery powered engines help, is the electric ferry will be reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Plus, batteries make the engines much quieter than standard ones meaning the level of noise pollution goes down too; Not to mention the air quality improves due to no longer having CO2 coming from the engines.

First, let’s give you a few examples of green transportation. Each one is an electric ferry only.

Basto Electric – Norway, crossing the Oslo Fjord

The Basto Electric (delivered by Sefine Shipyard) is highlighted as an environmentally friendly transportation mode and it’s the world’s largest all electric ferry. Running on 4.3MWh batteries, it can carry up to 600 passengers and 200 cars. Launching in 2021, the ferry is able to reduce emissions by 75%. This is a great amount as it docks on average 20 times every day. 

Qi-Fu No.1 – Taiwan, between Kaohsing and Cijin Island

This is the first electric ferry (built by Baumuller) to launch in Asia and it is an extremely popular travel route moving up to 8 million passengers yearly. It is estimated that this green transportation option saves on average 25,000 litres of fuel each year now that it runs solely on battery power. Known as an “e-ferry” it is believed to transport up to 15,000 passengers each day across multiple journeys.

Now that we’ve seen the above examples, let’s take a look at the world’s most environmentally friendly transportation ferry which is a hybrid model that surprisingly runs on liquified natural gas (LNG), biogas and a battery. :

Aurora Botnia – Finland, along the Vaasa-Umea route

This electric ferry was built by Rauma Marine Constructions and run by Wasaline and was ready for service in August of 2021. This ferry can carry up to 935 passengers and drives at a speed of 20 knots. Using a mixture of electric batteries, biogas and LNG this ferry is expected to lower fuel costs by 40% and CO2 emissions by 50%. That’s pretty impressive.


So, now that you have seen the advantages of green transportation and how each electric ferry benefits the environment, it should be easier to know what to look for when searching for the ferry routes you’d like to take that are also eco-friendly. By choosing the electric ferry over the original gas style ferry, you will be able to contribute to the environmental factor and help the earth.

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