Crowley Secures Subcontract for Hybrid-Electric Ferry; Coulston Van Gundy and Ted Williams Discuss
SEATTLE, WA - A key collaboration is bringing exciting technological innovations to the supply chain. As recently revealed, Crowley has been selected by Senesco Marine to provide design verification and production packaging for a hybrid-electric passenger vehicle ferry for Casco Bay Lines of Portland, Maine.
“We are collaborating with fellow industry leaders to deliver sustainable, high-performing marine solutions that are better for the environment and well-serve the communities where they operate,” said Coulston Van Gundy, Vice President, Crowley Engineering Services.
According to a press release, as a result of the contract, Crowley will use its development experience in electric and hybrid propulsion systems to verify the contract design by Elliott Bay Design Group and develop the production package that is necessary for Senesco Marine to begin construction, which will provide critical detail engineering to ensure that the ferry is both energy- and capacity-efficient during its operation. Crowley will advance this elite project team through its expansive capabilities in sustainable, emissions-reducing design and construction services.
The passenger-vehicle ferry will have the ability to operate using a diesel-electric system, a zero-emissions, fully battery-powered system, or a combination of those options. This vessel will carry up to 599 passengers and 15 vehicles and will replace an existing diesel-powered ferry, resulting in a reduction of 800 tons of carbon dioxide each year. In addition, Crowley is also designing the eWolf, an all-electric U.S. tugboat that is currently under construction.
“We are proud to begin construction on another hybrid-electric ferry, a sustainable solution to carry passengers from point A to point B, made possible by a strong team to include Crowley’s partnership and notable design and verification experience,” said Ted Williams, President, Senesco Marine.
With this collaboration with Senesco Marine, Elliott Bay Design Group, and Casco Bay Lines, Crowley further demonstrates its commitment to reducing its environmental impact while providing its customers with sustainable innovation throughout the value chain. To find out more, check out the company’s inaugural sustainability report.
What’s next for this innovation-driven transportation provider? AndNowUKnow will surely report.