Sembcorp Marine has won its first design-and-construction ro-pax project comprising three identical plug-in ferries. These vessels will be built to a proprietary design from Sembcorp Marine subsidiary LMG Marin for delivery to Norled AS in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Specially tailored to Norled’s shortsea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik connections in Norway, the 84.2m double-ended ferries can each carry up to 300 passengers and crew, as well as 80 cars or a combination of 10 cars and 10 trailer trucks.

The highly energy-efficient vessels will operate normally on battery power at a service speed of 10 knots. When required, they can run on combined battery-diesel hybrid backup modes.