First cutting of steel plates for the new ferry at Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard

On Wednesday, 8 May this year at 12.00 p.m. at Remontowa Shipbuilding SA shipyard. which is part of the Remontowa Holding SA capital group, will hold the ceremony for the first cutting of the steel plates for the construction of a two-sided, hybrid-powered ferry for passengers and cars. The ferry has been ordered by one of the largest shipping companies in Norway – Torghatten Nord AS.

The modern, fully-equipped two-way ferry with construction number B620/1 will be designed to operate in the Norwegian fjords on the Stornes-Bjørnerå route. Due to the harsh operating conditions typical of the Arctic Circle area, the design places particular emphasis on the use of lightweight materials and the implementation of a wide range of low-loss solutions and systems, with the ultimate aim of reducing energy consumption as much as possible.

The vessel will be equipped with two azimuthal thrusters with vertically mounted electric motors powered by batteries or emergency generators. In normal operation, the batteries will be recharged from the onshore grid during unloading/loading. This will occur relatively frequently, as a single pass of the craft will take no more than 12 minutes.

The ferry will be built on the basis of a design developed by The Norwegian Ship Design Company AS, supported, in terms of working documentation, by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting of the Remontowa Holding group. The vessel is scheduled to be handed over to the Owner in the first quarter of 2026.

This will be yet another vessel ordered from our Shipyard by Torghatten Nord AS. Between 2010 and 2013, the shipyard built eight modern fjord ferries differing in the type of propulsion, engine power and range of lines served. The Client’s return to the Gdansk shipyard with a new order demonstrates satisfaction with the previously delivered vessels, and strengthens Remontowa Shipbuilding’s position on the passenger and car ferry market as an experienced and trustworthy partner. By signing the contract for another, the ninth ferry for this Shipowner, the Shipyard has joined the efforts to electrify its fleet and implement green technologies in Norwegian public transport.

The construction of the ferry for Torghatten Nord, is at the same time another step in the development of the Shipyard’s competence as a supplier of battery-powered hybrid vessels. Between 2018 and 2021, Remontowa Shipbuilding SA has built a total of six electric ferries, including four for Norwegian shipowners and two for UK shipowners.

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