Crowley specialises in sustainable, emissions-reducing design and construction services. Under the contract, the company will use its development experience in electric and hybrid propulsion systems to verify the contract design by Elliott Bay Design Group and develop the production package that is necessary for Senesco Marine to begin construction. The production package provides critical detail engineering to ensure that the ferry is both energy- and capacity-efficient during its operation.
Expected to be in service in 2024, the passenger-vehicle ferry will be a true hybrid vessel with the ability to operate using a diesel-electric system, a zero-emissions, fully battery-powered system, or a combination of those options. The vessel, which will hold up to 599 passengers and 15 vehicles, will replace an existing diesel-powered ferry, resulting in a reduction of 800 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
“We are collaborating with fellow industry leaders to deliver sustainable, high-performing marine solutions that are better for the environment and well-serve the communities where they operate” said Coulston Van Gundy, vice president, Crowley Engineering Services.
Crowley is collaborating on the project alongside Senesco Marine, Elliott Bay Design Group and Casco Bay Lines.
In addition to designing the eWolf, the first all-electric US tugboat now under construction, Crowley will utilise its industry-leading know-how of design innovation, construction management and operation of hybrid tugboats as well as lower emissions marine solutions such as LNG ships.
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