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Europe: Transtejo’s first all-electric ferry in Lisbon

Lisbon has joined the list of cities that offer an all-electric ferry service. The first in a series of ten all-electric ferries, the Cegonha Branca ferry has been delivered to operator Transtejo by shipbuilder Astilleros Gondan.

Soon, this all-electric ferry equipped with ABB’s power solution will sail along the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal. This new fleet of all-electric ferries will play an important role in delivering the country’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Transtejo’s ten 40-meter vessels were purchased to serve on three different routes from Lisbon to Cacilhas, Seixal, and Montijo on the Tagus River.

About Cegonha Branca Vessel

As the first in a series of ten all-electric vessels in Lisbon, Cegonha Branca has a relatively high service speed of 16 knots and can accommodate about 540 passengers. Each of these ferries is equipped with a 1,860-kWh battery pack.

As for the the power distribution, it is managed by ABB Onboard DC Grid. Another great feature is the brand new communications system which has the ability to identify the vessels arriving and to enable ferries to recharge in between five to ten minutes.

“Lisbon is making waves as a pioneer in environmentally-friendly public transportation, as many of the world’s cities realise the benefits electric ferries bring for sustainability. ‘ABB’s leading position in integrated electrification solutions for urban ferries is a highly visible example of our work to make the maritime industry safer, smarter, and more sustainable. We at ABB are proud to play a key role in shaping shipping’s new reality.”

Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports

“Delivering the first of these 10 ferries is an important milestone for us, and it is a joy to see her on the water in Lisbon. We very much look forward to delivering the other nine.”

Antonio Pacheco, director of the glass reinforced plastic division at Astilleros Gondán

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