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ELECTRIC FERRIES FOR PORTUGAL BEGIN BUILD IN SPAIN

ELECTRIC FERRIES FOR PORTUGAL BEGIN BUILD IN SPAIN

Monday, March 29, 2021 

Astilleros Gondan says it has now received approvals from the Portuguese authorities enabling the yard to begin construction work on a contract for 10 all-electric ferries for the Portuguese river passenger transport operator Transtejo (Transportes Tejo).

The 40m ferries will be powered entirely by electricity, proving the Portuguese shipping company's commitment to an environmentally sustainable fleet, thought to be unique. The design of these vessels is based on a catamaran-type hull specifically optimised to make the most of the almost 2MWh of electrical energy stored in its batteries, with extremely silent operation and no CO2 emissions. With a capacity of around 540 passengers, they are expected to transport some 19 million people each year on the Tagus River between the banks of Lisbon and the south of the Portuguese capital.

Gondan was selected after an international public tender in October 2020, where not only economic aspects were taken into account, but also the technical capacity of the shipyard, which allowed it to present an innovative and extremely efficient proposal that would meet the requirements demanded by the Portuguese shipowner.

With a construction programme of 10 vessels, Gondan’s GRP Division has a stable workload until 2024, which, together with the recent contracting of two wind-power vessels to be built on steel hulls at its Figueras facilities, allows the company to face 2021 with optimism and a solid financial position. As part of its policy of reinvestment and continuous improvement, Gondan is planning to expand and improve the productivity of several of its centres in Castropol.

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