Incat Electric Ship
Incat a shipbuilding company based in Tasmania, Australia, is making waves in the maritime industry with its upcoming delivery of the world’s largest and longest, lightweight, zero-emissions ferry. This ferry will be a 130-meter vessel, originally designed to be powered by LNG, and will now be 100% electric to meet the demands of South American customers.
The ferry is set to ferry cars, buses, and delivery vans roughly 240km from Argentina to Uruguay, which is currently under construction at Incat’s Hobart shipyard. Sounds amazing right? But we have one problem here. How will the company transport it over 240 km to Buenos Aires?
Well, the company has come up with two solutions. Let’s glance them over and don’t forget to tell us
1. One solution being considered is installing temporary diesel-powered generators to charge the batteries during the voyage. Once the ship reaches its destination, the generators would be removed.
2. Another option is using a giant “lift ship” to transport the ferry across the Pacific Ocean. This would be a more time-taking and hefty option.
Marking the announcement, the managing director of Incat said, “Whilst there are always challenges if you change any aspect of the design of a ship part way through the build, in simple terms, this is just swapping one method of propulsion for another: it will, however, have significant environmental benefits, and open up a whole new market for these types of vessels.”
Why do we need electric ships?
This innovative electric ferry is not only a game-changer for the shipping industry but also for the environment. Electric ships emit zero emissions and significantly reduce the amount of pollution in the air and water. According to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation, switching to electric ships could reduce the shipping industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.
Electric ships in different countries?
The adoption of electric ships is also gaining momentum worldwide. In April 2020, the New Zealand government provided NZ $27 million to fund 75% of the construction of two 200-passenger electric ferries to operate in Auckland. Similarly, the New South Wales government in Australia laid out a broad-ranging strategy that included the possibility of new and retrofitted electric ferries operating on Sydney Harbour.
India on electric ships
Last year in August, the chairman and the Managing director of Cochin Shipyard Limited commented on the Pilot project of the production of a Hydrogen- fueled electric ship that is expected to roll out somewhere between March and April 2023. Marking the project he said, ” We have completed the engineering of the project and the construction will begin very soon as the order for equipment required is placed.”
Incat Tasmania’s electric ferry is not only setting a new standard for the shipping industry but also leading the way in sustainable transportation. The benefits of electric ships are clear, and it’s exciting to see the industry moving in a greener direction. With the potential to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, electric ships are the future of maritime transportation. Let’s have all our fingers crossed to witness this marvelous project touch high skies in the ocean!