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World's First Hybrid Ferries to be Supplied with SES Equipment

June 4, 2012

Image courtesy of Ferguson Shipbuilders

Image courtesy of Ferguson Shipbuilders

UK=based Ships Electronic Services (SES) gains a £375,000 contract to supply all the navigation and communications equipment for two new Hybrid Ferries building at Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow for Caledonian Marine Assets

These will be the world’s first hybrid diesel electric Ro Ro vehicle and passenger ferries to enter service and will be operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service from spring 2013. The green technology will be incorporated throughout the ships, supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board.

SES will be fitting a full specification of electronics on the hybrid ferries including Furuno Radars and Transas ECDIS. A complex double ended heading system from Raytheon Anschuetz will be installed enabling all the headings to the AIS, ECDIS and Autopilot to be changed 180 degrees, along with all the navigation lights, at the touch of a single switch. They will also be supplying the Autopilot system which utilises their extensive interfacing knowledge with the Voith Schneider drive units.

SES has a long standing relationship with Fergusons, supplying and installing electronic and communication equipment for a number of the yards projects. Richard Dean, Managing Director of Ferguson Shipbuilders commented, “These are important vessels for the yard and show Scottish ship building at the forefront of green technology, substantially reducing fuel usage and emissions. We are delighted to be working once again with SES who have provided exceptional service to the yard over the years.”


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