Portugal to cut 6,500 tons in CO2 emissions every year thanks to new ferries

Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán has awarded a contract to global technology company ABB to supply an all-electric power solution for fast 40-metre urban passenger ferries in Lisbon. The 10 new ferries will transport up to 540 passengers across the Portuguese capital’s Tagus river and will be pivotal to Lisbon’s public transport system, reports Smartcitiesworld.

ABB will also deliver a fully integrated electric power solution and an integrated marine and propulsion automation system. The fleet renewal project represents a significant commitment by Lisbon metropolitan planners to accelerate the introduction of emissions-free public transport solutions.

Increased electrification of transportation, including inland waterway transport, will play a key role in helping Portugal achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

ABB estimates that replacing the 10 ferries operating on the Tagus river from diesel power to all-electric integrated power solution is expected to cut about 6,500 tons in CO2 emissions every year.

Juha Koskela, division president, ABB marine and ports said: “Operators serving inland waters have been among the pioneers of zero-emission propulsion, and we are truly honoured that ABB’s technology will support the sustainability goals of one of Europe’s great capitals. This project is another important industry milestone for zero-emission propulsion, showing that proven technology is available today to serve future needs on sustainable fast passenger ferry transport.” Photo David Mark for Pixabay