Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry
Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry

Visedo powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry

Visedo electric ferry

New Life Size Media client Visedo is powering Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry – great news for the push to curb greenhouse and diesel emissions in across the marine industry.

The City of Kaohsiung recently re-launched the popular Cijian Island passenger ferry, retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engines.

It heralds Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the local government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbour.

Life Size Media has already helped spread the good news, across marine, shipping and cleantech press. Also the announcement marked the first time the cleantech comms agency had distributed news in the Chinese language (Scroll down for the translation!)

Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma said of the new ferry:

“Given the geography, ferries are a vital mode of public transport across East and Southeast Asia but they are also the most energy intensive per kilometer travelled. Until now, diesel ferries have been a dirty but necessary part of life around harbours like Kaohsiung.

“In Hong Kong for example, passenger ferries make up the majority of licensed vessels in Victoria Harbour, where it’s estimated air pollution kills about 3,200 people every year.

“Visedo has developed a cost-effective and efficient alternative, so rather than waiting until a vessel’s service life ends, harbour cities can swap noisy, dirty and expensive diesel for silent electric powertrains that are more efficient, can halve fuel costs and emit no fumes or oil pollution.”

Kaohsiung’s new e-ferry, Ferry Happiness, will halve daily fuel consumption while transporting 15,000 passengers every day to Cijian Island, a popular tourist destination in Taiwan, at a top speed of nine knots.

Launching from berth every 15 minutes, the ferry will help share the eight million passengers who travel the 650m route every year. It’s estimated the electric propulsion will save more than 25,000lt of fuel every year.

Visedo modernised the 100-tonne, 23m-long vessel with an electric system to replace the original 300HP diesel engines. The powertrain was designed to ensure pure electric cruising for half the ferry’s operation time and, with fast shore charging, this pure electric percentage can be higher.

Visedo worked alongside Taiwan’s Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center, also known as SOIC, to complete the modernisation. Head of SOIC’s System Development ChihHung Lin said:

“Like many East Asian harbour cities, in Kaoshiung ferries play a key role for everyday public transport, often playing the role that buses do elsewhere.

“Taiwan’s ‘Harbour Capital’ has long suffered from air pollution and only a few years ago the average person was consuming double the national Taiwan average of carbon dioxide.

“In response the Kaoshiung City Government is committed to cleaning up its fleet and is currently considering the possibility of replacing all 11 of its vessels with this new type of e-ferry. This also includes embarking on a hybrid tug-boat project.”







这艘渡轮由芬兰领先的船舶、商用车和重型机械电动传动系统制造商Visedo OY与台湾財團法人船舶暨海洋產業研發中心(也称为SOIC)合作改造。

Visedo的首席执行官Kimmo Rauma称:







SOIC系统开发主管林志宏(ChihHung Lin)称:


“台湾的‘港都高雄’ 长期遭受空气污染,仅在几年前,其二氧化碳的平均人口排放量已达台湾平均水平的两倍。



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