“It has been a busy autumn with many happy news in the form of new assignments in the field of electrification of ships in recent weeks. It is clear that we have a strong position in the market. Now we are looking forward to many exciting deliveries in 2018 and beyond,” says Geir Odland, CEO of Westcon Power & Automation.
These following extensive assignments, Westcon Power & Automation recently received:
• Delivery of power systems on the ferry “Ytterøyningen” and associated two charging plants for use by Norled on the route Fjellberg – Bjoa – Sydnes.
• Delivery of power systems on a ferry to be built by Oma Båtbyggeri on behalf of the company Boreal. The ferries will travel on the route Kinsarvik-Utne-Kvanndal. Westcon will also deliver four charging stations on the same ferry service.
• Delivery of four onshore connection.
“The signed assignments have a total value of almost NOK 100 million, so it is a matter of considerable work for us. In addition, we are in dialogue about major assignments regarding electrification of ships, rigging and associated charging facilities with multiple ferry-, offshore- and rig companies,” says Odland.
For many years, Westcon Power & Automation has systematically positioned itself against the market for ship and rigs electrification. The breakthrough came at year-end 2015/16 at the conclusion of the contract for the delivery of battery solution to the Eidesvik ship “Viking Energy”. When it became known in the summer of 2017 that Westcon also had to supply the power system to the full-electric passenger catamaran “Future of the Fjords”, built by Brothers Aa, proved that the effort was correct.
“Norwegian politicians have on several occasions agreed that low and zero emissions will be required for, among other things, ferries. Short ferry crossings are particularly suitable for electric power, and both technology and expertise are available. An increasing number of shipping companies see that this results in reduced climate emissions and very low operating costs. At the same time, we have accumulated enormous expertise and believe in this market will remain strong in the future,” says Odland.