Plate cutting ceremony of the two Autonomous Electric Vessels being built for ASKO Maritime AS, Norway was held on 25 Nov 2020 at Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi. Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi had signed contracts for construction and supply of Two (2) nos Autonomous Electric Ferry for ASKO Maritime AS, Norway with an option to build 2 more identical vessels on 15th July 2020.
This Autonomous Electrical vessel project is an ambitious project in Norway partially funded by the Norwegian Government aimed at emission-free transport of goods across the Oslo fjords. The 67 Mtr long vessels will initially be delivered as a Full-Electric Transport Ferry, powered by 1846 kWh capacity battery. After commissioning of autonomous equipment and field trials in Norway, it will operate as a fully autonomous ferry of ASKO that can transport 16 fully loaded Standard EU trailers in one go across the fjords. The vessels are designed by Naval Dynamics, Norway using Kongsberg Maritime systems, with detailed engineering to be carried out by CSL. They will be built under DNV GL Classification and flagged in Norway, under the rule regulations of the Norwegian Maritime Authority.
CSL won this export order after detailed evaluation of various global shipyards and based on its value proposition to the customer.