From 2021, Ruter’s boat service in Indre Oslofjord will be supplied by the company Boreal Sjø with five newly built electric boats.
“The electrification of the island boats in 2021 will make Oslo a showcase for green shipping and take us one step closer to the goal of becoming the world’s first emission-free metropolis,” says Transport Agency spokesman Arild Hermstad (MDG/Green Party) in a press release.
He says all public transport in the metropolitan region will be emission-free by 2028. For the Nesodd boats, the goal will be reached in 2020, the island boats in 2022 and the ambition is 2024 for the express-boats.
From the summer of 2022, all five new electric boats will be operational. This is the first time Boreal Sjø has entered into a contract with Ruter, following a tender with a total of five providers.
The islands of Indre Oslofjord are a popular destination, and in 2019 there were 867,000 on board. 2018 was a record year for the island boats, with 1.2 million travelers over a hot and sunny summer.
According to Hermstad, the new offer, which has higher production, will have about the same annual costs as the current offer. The new boats can all seat 350 passengers, while the old ones only seat 236 passengers.
In connection with the start of the contract, there will be a transfer of business for the employees who work for Oslo-Fergene.
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