Project to be the First Electric Ferryboat in Southern Europe

VANCOUVER, CANADA; 18 November 2021: Shift Clean Energy and Nave De Luz Lda (NDL) are pleased to announce that they have been selected to supply and install electrical components in the new building of a fully electrical ferry boat. Shift is co-leading a consortium with Portuguese installation specialists NDL to supply and install electrical components on this fully electrified ferry boat for their client, the newbuilding shipyard Navaltagus Reparação e Construção Naval, a member of Grupo ETE, is a recognized and experienced Portuguese group in the maritime and naval industry and design of Vera Navis Naval Architects. The ferry boat will be built and will operate in Aveiro, Portugal.

Additional members of the consortium include Danfoss Editron, power electronic and Technology Venture Middle East Marine Services LLC, the technology integration consultants and Marine Electricals (I) Pvt. Ltd.

The International Maritime Organization has a goal for the maritime industry to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by at least 40 per cent by 2030 and by 50 per cent by 2050. This new fully electric ferry boat is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate how cities can choose zero emission transportation vehicles as part of their climate action initiatives.

“We are excited to be partnering on this project with Shift Clean Energy and the other consortia members,” said Babis Theodosiou, CEO and Owner of Nave De Luz. “We are also looking forward to seeing the many benefits to the Aveiro region that come from the development of this zero emission ferry boat.”

“Our consortium of industry experts such as NDL will assist in delivering an impressive new electric ferry boat to Aveiro that will be unparalleled in terms of efficiency and sustainability,” said Shift Clean Energy CEO Brent Perry. “We look forward to completing this project for the region of Aveiro.”

Not only will the construction of this ferry boat eventually lead to lower GHG emissions in this popular tourist destination, it will provide Aveiro and São Jacinto residents and visitors with a faster method of transit across the Aveiro lagoon, improving the region’s quality of life.

About Nave De Luz Lda 

Performing in the ship building market in Portugal since 2006, the multidisciplinary ability and the experience on the field, made the company Nave de Luz, Lda. to become a reference in development, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of electrical and electronics system in ships, both in new buildings, as retrofits.

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