“It’s amazing to see a concept like Rudolf Diesel’s that has the longevity to continue to deliver for what’s now over 100 years."…
April 09, 2018 | Maritime Journal
German officials say a new ferry with mixed diesel and electric propulsion meets the same high eco-friendly standards as hybrid systems. The ferry has just entered service with Bremen operator Fähren Bremen-Stedingen (FBS). It is the latest of three operating FBS ferries and carries commuters and vehicles across the Weser. It has three Visedo Type PDR-Me-2100-T1900-DUAL diesel power generators which provide power to 52 Valence batteries driving four Schottel SRP 130 FP rudder propellers. It is described as quieter, less prone to vibrate and easier to manoeuver than earlier boats.
Bettray told Maritime Journal that Farge was “the first hybrid passenger-carrying ferry of its size in Germany” and added: “This newbuilding, with all its technical innovations, represents a special challenge for us and we are proud of the project”.