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Friday, January 29, 2021 

ABB has secured a contract with Haemin Heavy Industries shipyard to provide a complete power and propulsion solution for Busan Port Authoritys first all-electric passenger ferry, which represents the first commitment by South Korean authorities to a plan which will see 140 state-owned conventionally powered vessels replaced with those operating on cleaner alternatives by 2030, in line with environmental legislation.

Sustainable transportation, including marine vessels, will play an important role in South Korea’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, set out in the country’s Green New Deal.

As the first system integrator chosen to support this initiative, ABB will deliver electric power and propulsion for the 40m twin-hulled ferry, due for delivery in 2022. The ferry will have a 100-passenger capacity and will operate between Busan’s North and South ports, taking about one hour to complete a return journey with an average operating speed of 13 knots (24 km/h).

Busan-based shipbuilder Haemin, which specialises in lightweight environmentally-friendly vessels, and ABB have signed an agreement to collaborate on future projects.

Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine and Ports, said: “We are truly proud to have been chosen as technology supplier for the first vessel in South Korea’s clean fleet renewal scheme/ Our agreement with Haemin represents a major advance in the local market, supporting South Korea’s plans for sustainable shipping, as part of our strategy for reducing global vessel emissions. Sustainability is a key part of the value that we create for all of our stakeholders and the new partnership with Haemin is an example of how we enable a low-carbon society and help preserve resources.”

“Being commissioned to build the first ever fully electric vessel for the South Korean market is a great honour,” said Hyeong-seok Oh, CEO, Haemin Heavy Industries. “We are looking forward to working with ABB, whose proven technologies and long presence in South Korea are a key part of this landmark project.”

The ferry will be powered by two 1,068kWh battery packs, which will provide power for the ferry to complete up to four return journeys before charging from shore during the vessel’s overnight stops.  ABB’s Onboard DC Grid power distribution system will ensure that the battery output is delivered optimally to the subsystems, while ABB's Power and Energy Management System (PEMS) will control the overall power distribution, increase fault tolerance and enhance reliability.

The ferry will be remotely monitored through the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centres, with analytics enabled by the ABB Ability Remote Diagnostics System.

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