Photo: Roger Abrahamsen, Ballstad slip AS

First hybrid-electric vessel built and delivered in Lofoten

By Kurt Atle Hansen

Barely 12 months after the ZeroKyst project launch, the first hybrid-electric fishing vessel has been delivered by Ballstad slip AS. The work is now intensifying to provide better onshore power and smart charging stations in the fishing harbours. A 400-volt charging point has been ordered for Ramberg harbour, and preparations are underway for better onshore power and charging at Fredvang.

The vessel Korsnesjenta was delivered to a fisherman from Korsnes, in the Altafjord. The vessel is 10.65 metres long and 5.40 metres wide. It is equipped for net, line and seine fishing, and will be active mostly in the fishing grounds off the coast of Finnmark. 

Korsnesjenta, from Alta municipality, is the second lofotsjark to be built, and the first to have hybrid-electric propulsion. Photo: Roger Abrahamsen, Ballstad slip AS

The research and development project ZeroKyst is developing solutions to reduce climate emissions from the coastal fishing fleet and other coastal vessels. The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Enova. Lofotkraft, Ballstad slip and Flakstad municipality are participants from the Lofoten area. The project's kick-off took place in Flakstad in December of 2021. After that, project partners have been focused on advancing various subprojects related to vessels and to onshore infrastructure in the fishing harbours.

The hybrid-electric powertrain takes little space in the vessel's machine room.
A satisfied owner of the new boat Korsnesjenta (right) gets a crash course in piloting his hybrid-electric vessel, the first of it's kind in Lofoten. Engineer Mathias Karlsen from Ballstad slip (left) is a good teacher.