Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with Holland Shipyards Group to provide electrification and control systems with automated functionalities for up to four new all-electric ferries for the Swedish Transport Administration.
o achieve the dual objectives of electrification and automation, Kongsberg Maritime will provide the ferries’ electrical systems, as well as a control system suite, including energy management, navigation, an all-new situational awareness system linked with automated manoeuvring.
Together with the general automation of all onboard systems and essential port equipment like charging and mooring, Kongsberg Maritime will also deliver the technology for the remote monitoring and operation centre in Stockholm, and secure communication between ferries, ports, and the control centre.
A simulator with 360-degree visuals from Kongsberg Digital is also part of the delivery, enabling the ferry company to train their crew in new operational procedures.
This development confirms our view that coastal traffic – and ferries in particular – will be the first ship types to adopt autonomous operations
said Roger Trinterud, Sales Director, Kongsberg Maritime.
This project will also further build on the work Kongsberg has done on Yara Birkeland, a zero-emissions container-feeder vessel, and the fully autonomous freight ferries for Norwegian grocery distributor Asko, added said Hans Westad, Portfolio Manager, Autonomous and Remote Projects, Kongsberg Maritime.
A 12-month test period is planned after delivery to further develop and fine-tune automated functionalities, and to demonstrate the ferries’ capabilities to Swedish authorities.