Second Hybrid IJveer Ferry powers its way across the Amsterdam ‘IJ’
After delivery of the IJveer 60, October 2016 Yesterday, GVB has taken the new IJveer 61 into service.
Pure Electric Sailing and silent
“It’s remarkably more silent than its predecessor”, says one of the commuters. This is mainly due to the two 250kW electro motors for propulsion, each fed by two 133kW diesel engines and EST-Floattech delivered 136 kWh Green Orca 1050 battery pack. The complete electrical system is Installed by Holland Ship Electric.
Amsterdam’s fleet of passenger ferries has just been joined by a second hybrid vessel: the IJveer 61. Partially powered by 26 Lithium Ion Polymer batteries, producing 136 kWh, the new ferry is larger and cleaner than the old diesel ferries. It will also be able to transport 70 more passengers each time across the increasingly busy IJ waterway. Here it will join the IJveer 60, GVB’s first hybrid ferry which was launched in October 2016.
Amsterdam’s GVB transport company has adopted the hybrid approach for environmental and practical reasons. The city’s rapid growth also means significant growth of passenger journeys with are made between central Amsterdam and its increasingly populous northern area with growth of +15%. This residents figure is set to increase to 106,000 over the next few years.
Switching to hybrid power has been proven to save up to 30% in energy costs and to reduce CO2 and particle emissions by up to 40%. In fact, batteries and the exaust filtering system reduces emissions to a level even lower than the stage V guidelines which will come into effect in 2019. Passengers and millions of local residents will therefore benefit from a quieter, cleaner crossing.
Developed by EST-Floattech, the innovative batteries require minimal maintenance, enable the engine to be used more efficiently, and thereby reduce operating costs. Their successful use shows that hybrid power is now a daily reality, with advantages that can be harnessed by other ferry operators worldwide.