Hybrid Ferries Project
20.04.15 - Progress update
Progress on Hybrid III going well, within budget and on time. Six units are now on the launch slip.
The build is still on schedule to be launched by end of the year.
Factory test of equipment such as engines and prop units are due to take place in next couple of months.
27.02.15 - Keel Laying
Week 9 of build and the first two units (block unit one and block unit two ) are placed on the launch berth of Ferguson shipyard.
These two units are the full width blocks across the middle of the ship between the two engine-rooms.
Just left of centre as look you can see the ships fuel tank, right of this is the watertight door opening between the two engine-rooms and to the right on the ships shell you can see the three openings which are the sea inlet to the machinery coolers.
Work on Hybrid III at Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) is progressing well and the keel will be laid in next few weeks.
Below is an image of a unit in the fabrication shed.
All main machinery has been ordered and the ship is on budget and witihn the timeplan.
Third hybrid ferry to be built
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon marked the start of construction of Scotland’s third hybrid ferry, during a visit to Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (FMEL) on the River Clyde on 19 December 2014.
As part of the ceremony, Ms Sturgeon started the computer-guided laser to cut the first steel. She also toured the facility and met some of the workforce who built the two previous hybrid ferries, including the MV HALLAIG, launched by Ms Sturgeon in December 2012.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“I am delighted to be invited to take part in this steel cutting ceremony and mark the start of work on Scotland’s third hybrid ferry.
“This investment by the Scottish Government is a vote of confidence in our shipbuilding industry, and shows that Scotland remains at the forefront of ferry design and innovation.
“We want our ferries to be sustainable and reliable. This new vessel will be fuel efficient and have lower maintenance costs, whilst ensuring a quality service for passengers.
“I wish the shipyard success with this project and look forward to seeing Hull 727 take to the waters in 2016.”
The £12.3 million contract to build the new vessel, known as Hull 727, was awarded in September and is the first major deal for the company since it was taken over by Clyde Blowers Capital.
The new vessel is expected to be launch in spring 2016, before entering service in the autumn of 2016. It will use a low carbon hybrid system, that combines traditional diesel power with electric battery power. The system will lead to a reduction in fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It will be built to accommodate 150 passengers, 23 cars or two HGVs, with a service speed of nine knots.
The Scottish Government investment, which is being taken forward by CMAL, secured around 80 jobs for the Port Glasgow and Inverclyde area, many of whom were employees of the shipyard’s previous owner and worked on the first two hybrid ferries.
Our Chair, Erik Østergaard, said:
"Today's steel cutting ceremony marks the first important milestone in the construction of a new hybrid ferry for Scotland as work gets underway to build the vessel.
"Hull 727 will become the third hybrid vessel in our fleet, strengthening our commitment to using cutting edge technology and design to create innovative, sustainable and reliable ferries.
"We look forward to the new hybrid vessel going into service in 2016 to join MV HALLAIG and MV LOCHINVAR, our existing hybrid ferries. It is the latest step in our ambitious fleet renewal plans to ensure our ferries continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve."
CMAL will hold a competition in the New Year to decide the name of the new vessel, which will be the third in the Scottish Literary Class of ferry.
In February 2011 the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Keith Brown confirmed Scottish Government funding to CMAL for the Low Emission Hybrid Ferries Project, which has seen the world’s first sea going Roll On Roll Off vehicle and passenger diesel electric hybrid ferries being built in Scotland.
In December 2011, the project received additional funding of £450,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, Scotland worked alongside Glasgow based ship design specialists Seatec and electrical specialists Tec-Source to fit out the two hybrid ferries. The first of which, the MV HALLAIG, was launched by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 17th December 2012. This was followed a few months later by the second ferry, the MV LOCHINVAR, which was launched on 23rd May 2013 by Mrs Patricia Platten, wife of CMAL’s previousCEO, Guy Platten.
The ferries, which will be operated by the current operator , CalMac are designed for use on many of the short crossing routes around the Clyde and Hebrides and will use some of the most innovative new ‘green’ technology, including battery banks supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board.
The MV HALLAIG entered service in November 2013, serving communities on Skye and Raasay, with the MV LOCHINVAR, entering service in December 2013 serving the Tarbert to Portavadie route.
Each ferry accommodates 150 passengers, 23 cars or 2 HGVs, with a service speed of nine knots and is powered by small diesel generator sets, feeding power to a 400 volt switchboard, which supplies power to electric propulsion motors that turn the propulsion units.
In addition, 2 lithium-ion battery banks with a total of 700kWh also supply power to the units reducing fuel and CO2 consumption by at least 20%. The battery banks arecharged overnight from the mains.
The vessel design and power configuration additionally realise 19-24% savings of power input to the propulsion units over a conventional diesel mechanical solution reducing Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Oxide and Nitrous Oxide emissions.
We are also looking at the possibility of using energy from local wind, wave or solar systems to charge the batteries, making the process even more environmentally friendly.
The investment and the build of both ferries at Fergusons in Port Glasgow helped to support 175 jobs and 20 apprenticeships in the local community and supported the growth of the local economy.
The project provided a fantastic commercial opportunity for Scotland and showing how, as a nation, we are leading the way in innovative ferry design and build.
Pictured below, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure & Capital Investment Alex Neil, Duncan McNeil, MSP Greenock & Inverclyde, Guy Platten our previous CEO, Richard Deans MD, Fergusons and Raymond Brown Production Manager, Fergusons gathered at Ferguson Shipyard, Port Glasgow to announce the contract being awarded in November 2011.
HALLAIG has recently undergone a successful initial set of sea trials. The trials were to prove the various systems, speeds and equipment on board. The ship even operated for a time on the batteries alone, achieving her design speed, and the sense of a ship moving through the water almost silently was a little disconcerting at first for those on board. Immediately people christened this the ‘stealth mode’.
- 20/05/2013 Lochinvar Launch (PDF, 5MB)
- 20/12/2012 Services to Raasay (PDF, 3.1MB)
- 29/06/2012 Imtech Marine - Hybrid Ferries Build - Video Presentation (WMV, 6MB)
- 04/05/2012 CMAL Hybrid Ferry Presentation (PDF, 4MB)
- 17/12/2012 101-01-Rev.8-General Arrangement (PDF, 1.3MB)
- 17/02/2012 Hybrid Ferry Technical Information (DOC, 25KB)
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