Canadian naval architecture firm Navtech recently designed m/v Peter Fraser, a 33-meter Ro-Ro ferry for operation on the St Lawrence River for use by Quebec provincial ferry operator La Societe des Traversiers du Quebec.
Peter Fraser is the the very first ferry in the Americas to be equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric and lithium ion battery power system. The green technology ferry was built by Chantier Naval Forillon of Gaspe in Quebec. The ferry is equipped with four SCHOTTEL Pump-Jet model SPJ 57 RD each powered by an ABB 220 kW electric motor which provides outstanding manoeuvrability capabilities. The pilot chair is equipped with two joysticks that provide fully integrated control of the pump-jets.
Power can be supplied either by two (2) Volvo Penta D16 MG diesel generators of 477kWe/600V each and/or by the EcoPower 400 kWh battery bank. The vessel hybrid electrical and control system was designed, supplied and installed by Techsol, an Imtech Marine company.
The vessel has a service draft of 0.85 m with 30 tons of pay-load and a maximum draft of 1.1m with 110 tons of pay-load. Due to the location of the service, the vessel has a strengthened bottom and is intended to be beached at every low tide.