The world's largest electric ferry, which was built in Turkey and has a capacity of 200 cars and 600 passengers, has started its operations in Norway, Oslo’s envoy to Ankara Erling Skjonsberg stated Tuesday
Oslo’s envoy to Greece similarly announced the start of the ferry’s operations a day earlier, writing on Twitter: “The world’s largest electric ferry has started operations in Norway today 1 March. The future is electric.”
The Norwegian shipping company Basto Fosen in a written statement on March 1 said: “The ferry is built in Turkey, and both battery and charging systems for fast charging are delivered from Siemens Energy's battery factory in Trondheim.”
It further said that the ferry will operate between Norway’s coastal Moss and the town of Horten.
The ferry Basto Electric NB42, built by the Turkish company Sefine Shipyard, was delivered to Basto Fosen after going through a range of tests, Sefine Shipyard General Director Süleyman Akın Tuzcuoğlu had announced last month.
“The most important characteristic of the ferries we developed for Norway is that they are environmentally friendly. NB42, which is one of the carriers with the highest battery capacity of 4,3 MW, will operate between the busiest ferry route of the country (Norway), which is the Moss-Horten region,” he stated.
Having established diplomatic relations in 1926, Oslo and Ankara have maintained friendly relations while continuing close cooperation as two flank countries of NATO.
The main Turkish export items to Norway are cruise ships, excursion boats and similar vessels for the transport of persons or goods, fishing vessels, vehicles for the transport of goods and motor cars, while the main import items from Norway are petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons, fish and ferroalloys.
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