Indian Register of Shipping classes pioneering new generation electric ferry launched by GRSE

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Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) is proud to announce the successful launch of ‘Dheu’, a new generation electric ferry at M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) Kolkata. Being constructed under IRS class, the battery-powered electric ferry has an aluminium hull and a FRP superstructure. The vessel is a catamaran ferry with full electric propulsion and a potential complement of 150.

Designed to serve the Government of West Bengal, ‘Dheu’ is a 24-metre twin-hulled vessel equipped with a 246 kW capacity liquid-cooled battery system which can be charged from a shore-based source or through deck-mounted solar panels that generate 18 kW per hour. In addition, the vessel incorporates an efficient Energy Management System, which maximizes the use of solar power to achieve speeds of up to 10 knots through two 50 kW electric propulsion motors.

Built to IRS Guidelines for Battery Powered Vessels, ‘Dheu’ marks the advent of green energy in maritime transportation, eliminating carbon emissions associated with diesel engines. For added safety, the ship is equipped with a 50 kW Emergency DG set, ensuring lighting and power during emergencies.

The launching ceremony of the electric ferry was a distinguished affair, graced by the presence of Cmde PR Hari (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director of GRSE Ltd, alongside all Directors & General Managers of the yard. Smt Lipi Das, General Manager (Human Resources) of GRSE Ltd, named the ship ‘Dheu’ and launched it after the traditional puja. The event was attended by Surveyors of IRS Kolkata.

Mr. Vijay Arora, Managing Director, IRS said “’Dheu’ meets the requirements of our guidelines which we will continue to update as we gain more experience. This vessel not only marks a technological milestone in electric ferry technology, but also signifies the collaborative efforts of IRS and GRSE, ushering in a new era of sustainable and environmentally conscious maritime solutions.”

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