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First fully-electric vessels to operate in Canada

2018-11-01

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Germany's Schottel Group has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards to equip the first fully electric vessels to operate in Canada.

The new Amherst Island and Wolfe Island ferries will be propelled by four Schottel Twin Propellers STP 260 FP, each with an input power of up to 550 kW. The main propulsion is provided by batteries with a diesel engine as backup to ensure mobility. The propulsion concept implies a power intake increase up to 650 kW due to an enhanced draught provided by the batteries. In accordance with their field of operation in the Lake Ontario/St Laurence River region of Ontario, the thrusters will fulfil the requirements of Ice Class 1A.

"There has been close co-operation with Schottel in this project that aimed at identifying highly efficient future innovations and green technologies for sustainable power solutions. We have relied on Schottel's international network and propulsion knowledge for decades which made this project a comprehensive solution for the customer", said Damen Shipyard's area manager Canada, Leo Postma.

The two new double-ended ferries will be operated by MTO, the ferry service of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Damen's full electrification concept for the ferries serving Kingston and Wolfe Island, Millhaven and Amherst Island will reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7M kg of carbon dioxide per year.

The Amherst Island ferry is due to be delivered in 2020. With a length of 68 m and width of 25 m, it will accommodate up to 300 people and 42 cars. The Wolfe Island ferry, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will have a length of 98 m and a width of 25 m for transporting up to 399 passengers and 75 cars. Both will operate at speeds up to 12 knots which equals the speed of conventional propulsion.

 
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