The electric powered road ferry 336 MAJ, build in year 2000. Photo: Peter Jansson Peterberg.

Electric powered vessels, challenges and opportunities

The maritime industry is currently experiencing an increased interest in electric powered vessels. The driving forces include the current development in battery technology, potential for lowering operational costs, increased capacity of drivetrain and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. One of the crucial aspects is finding out when battery and hybrid propulsion is a feasible way of meeting the targets for a specific ship, including its operational profile. A number of recent projects shows that SSPA has the tools and knowledge to support our clients with answers to their questions and to evaluate different alternatives for propulsion, from batteries and fuel tanks to propellers. We will share our expertise in a seminar in Gothenburg on 30 August.

The seminar Ships on electricity - a force to count on? is arranged by Lighthouse and the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden. SSPA is very much involved, since we are responsible for the focus area Maritime Operations in the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden.

- "Battery and hybrid propulsion have been suitable for some routes for a long time and many experts at SSPA has experience within this area. I was involved building a hybrid electric powered road ferry already in year 2000", says Johan Algell, Senior Naval Architect at SSPA, that will be one of the moderators at the seminar.

Olov Lundbäck, Project Manager at SSPA, will speak about “Overview of when electrification is appropriate from a commercial perspective”. Olov has been involved in projects supporting clients in the areas of ship-motion simulations, battery hybrid propulsion, effect of ship propulsion on the seabed, propulsion machinery and marine operations.

Read more about how SSPA’s tools and knowledge can be utilised: Battery hybrid applied to marine propulsion


The electric powered road ferry 336 MAJ, build in year 2000. Photo: Peter Jansson Peterberg.