ABB, a leader in electrification and automation technologies, has announced a landmark contract with Auckland Transport (AT) to deliver the maritime world’s first megawatt charging system (MCS) for electric ferries. This pioneering initiative is a significant leap in maritime electrification and aligns with Auckland’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Revolutionising Electric Ferry Operations

ABB’s MCS will revolutionise the recharging process for electric ferries in Auckland, using a standardised interface common to both trucking and aviation. This advancement is expected to lower entry barriers in the electric ship market and enhance competitiveness against traditional fossil-fueled vessels.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

The new electric ferries are set to significantly reduce Auckland Transport’s annual fuel consumption by about 1.5 million litres, leading to an estimated decrease of around 4,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions annually. Murray Burt, Chief Engineer at Auckland Transport, highlighted the importance of this project, stating, “It was critical to combine ABB’s global support capabilities and strong local presence for a project that will transform Auckland’s ferry services.”

Fleet Enhancement and Operational Efficiency

AT has ordered two 200-seat all-electric ferries and two 300-passenger hybrid-electric ferries, expected to be operational between 2024 and 2025. This move is set to position AT as the largest electric ferry fleet operator in the Southern Hemisphere by 2030. The MCS’s ability to deliver over 3 megawatts of direct current power is essential for meeting the high-power demands and rapid turnaround times of the ferry service.

ABB’s Commitment to Maritime Electrification

Palemia Field, Ferry Segment Manager at ABB Marine & Ports, reflected on the project’s significance, saying, “Ferries connect communities and significantly impact the environment. Electrification is crucial, and we must move away from emissions-generating technologies. ABB is ready to deliver the MCS solution to meet the demand, wherever standardised connections make it easier for operators to design their ferries and terminals.”

About ABB

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, committed to driving innovation for a sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize industrial and maritime operations.

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