Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution. In an unprecedented operation, in the presence of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), the system was further tested on the ferry Folgefonn, this time for full dock-to-dock capability, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route, visiting all three ports serviced by the ship. The 85-metre ferry was able to leave the dock, manoeuvre out of the harbour, sail to the next port of call, manoeuvre through the harbour entrance, and dock alongside the terminal – all without human intervention. It is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation, in complete hands-off mode, for a vessel of this size.
Type: Full Electric Ferry Hybrid
Duty: Passenger and Automobile Ferry
Energy Storage System ESS
Pack: 221 x 6.5 kWh
Capacity: 1.4 MWh
Bus Voltage: 800 VDC
Partners: Norled, Wärtsilä, Corvus Energy
Folgefonn has a full-scale electric propulsion system includes house power and shore-based fast charge energy storage. The vessel is a refit of an existing 30 year old vessel.