Cochin Shipyard bags order to build Autonomous Electric Ferries from Norway

New Delhi: Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has bagged an order to construct Autonomous Electric Ferry for ASKO Maritime AS, Norway. The two entities signed an agreement recently for two ferries initially with an option to construct two more in future.

ASKO Maritime AS is a subsidiary of Norges Gruppen ASA, one of the biggest Norwegian retailers.

The ferries will be 67 meter long ships. They will initially be delivered as a Full Electric Transport Ferry. These ferries will be powered by 1,846 kWh battery. These ferries will be initially undergo field trails in Norway. After that, they will operate as fully-autonomous ferries of ASKO. They will be capable of transporting 16 Standard EU trailers at a time across the Oslo fjords. These vessels have been designed by Naval Dynamics Norway. The detailed engineering will be carried out by CSL. These ferries will be built under DNV GL Classification. They will be flagged-off in Norway, the Indian Ministry of Shipping said in a statement. 

This Autonomous Electrical vessel project is partially funded by the government of Norway. The project is aimed at achieving emission-free transport on sea. 

These ferries will be maintained by Massterly AS.