Autonomous charging to Norway’s shortest ferry route

Autonomous charging to Norway’s shortest ferry route

Turkish Elkon chose Zinus as supplier of the autonomous charging system to Bastø Fosen’s new electric ferry. The vessel will service the 184-metre-long ferry route across the Drammensfjord.
Illustration photo: Bastø Fosen

On 1 January 2022, Norwegian ferry operator Bastø Fosen takes over the ferry connection between Svelvik and Verket in Viken county, Norway. A new fully electric ferry, which is under construction at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey, will service the crossing. Autonomous charging for the ferry will be supplied by Zinus.

Zinus’ Telescopic Autonomous charging solution comprises one Zinus SWC100 charging connection and one ZPP700 charging post. Together, these form an autonomous system that charges the electric ferry fully automatically at call. Connecting the ferry to the power supply takes only about 20 seconds, and the system can deliver a current of 4,400 amperes.

The order was placed by the Turkish electrical and automation integrator elkon, a contractor to the Sefine yard. The charging connection will be delivered to the yard for installation on board the ferry, while the charging post will be mounted at Svelvik. Deliveries are scheduled to commence from Q2 2021.

“This is an important contract for Zinus, as both buyer elkon and end customer Bastø Fosen are new to us. The order is a recognition of our charging technology and contributes to increased trust in the market. It will also be great to see one of our products finding its way to Turkey for the very first time, before returning to Norway with the completed ferry, says Ronny Olson, Sales Director in Zinus.

“Small footprint, high power output, short connection time and design were the winning features that made us select Zinus as supplier of autonomous charging for this project”, says Nedim Jakupovic, Sales Director in elkon Norge – elkon’s subsidiary and Norwegian arm.

The new Bastø Fosen ferry will have a capacity for 30 cars and 99 passengers. Crossing the 184-meter wide Svelvik sound is estimated to take just five minutes.


Ronny Olson
Sales Director, Zinus
Tel: +47 983 05 112

Nedim Jakupovic
Sales Director, elkon Norge
Tel.: +47 958 31 048

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