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SES to supply hybrid ferries

Marine electronics supplier Ships Electronic Services (SES) has announced that it has been awarded a GBP£375,000 contract to supply all the navigation and communications equipment for two new Hybrid Ferries being built at Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow for Caledonian Marine Assets.

These will be the world’s first hybrid diesel electric Ro Ro vehicle and passenger ferries to enter service, and will be operating on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service from spring 2013.

Green technologies will be incorporated throughout the ships, supplying a minimum of 20 per cent of the energy consumed on board.

SES will be fitting the electronic systems for the hybrid ferries, including Furuno Radars and Transas ECDIS.

A double ended heading system from Raytheon Anschütz will be installed enabling all the headings to the AIS, ECDIS and Autopilot to be changed 180 degrees, along with all the navigation lights, at the touch of a single switch.

“These are important vessels for the yard and show Scottish ship building at the forefront of green technology, substantially reducing fuel usage and emissions,” said Richard Dean, managing director of Ferguson Shipbuilders.

“We are delighted to be working once again with SES who have provided exceptional service to the yard over the years.”

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