June 13, 2024
Nordic tech to power the world’s biggest electric ship

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania has selected two Nordic companies to provide the battery and propulsion technology for the world’s largest electric ship, as the industry looks to charter a course toward greener voyages. 

Incat is currently constructing the 130-metre-long battery-electric vessel at its factory on the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. It is building the vessel for South American shipowner Buquebús.  

Once the ship launches, scheduled for some time in 2025, it will ferry up to 2,100 passengers and 225 vehicles on a route between Argentina and Uruguay. 

Finland’s Wärtsilä will provide the electric motors and water jet propulsion systems for the ferry, while Norway’s Corvus Energy will supply the energy storage system (ESS). At over 40MWh, the batteries will be four times larger than any battery ever installed on a ship anywhere in the world.

An image of Incat Tasmania's ship factory