Electric Passenger Sailing Ship Being Constructed at Brodosplit

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, this week at the Brodosplit shipyard, the consolidation and joining of the sheets and the construction of sections for a passenger sailboat with zero exhaust emissions, for which electric motors will be the main drive, began.

This zero-emissions passenger vessel will be 63.5 metres long, 10 metres wide, 5.35 metres high to the main deck, and will be able to accommodate up to 24 passengers. The hull and superstructure will be made of steel, and the masts will be made of aluminum alloy.

When not using the sails, the ship will be powered by two 150 kW electric motors each powered by a system of batteries that are continuously charged from different sources, and when it reaches a speed of six knots, it will only need 60 kilowatts of power, which is quite an inconspicuous amount of power for a 500 GT boat.

The ship will be equipped with 30 tonnes of batteries with a capacity of max 2300 kWh, but due to regulatory requirements it will also have two diesel units that will be turned on only in case of need or in an emergency. According to DIV, which owns the famous Brodosplit shipyard, the very idea of ​​a zero-emission sailing ship came several years ago and with the growth and advancement of the DIV group in the field of new technologies has matured to today’s realisation.

They stated from Brodosplit that work on the project began back in early 2020, and is being co-financed by European Union (EU) funds.

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