We will soon sail to the Adriatic islands in autonomous electric boats

At the end of 2019, the European Commission presented to the public the European Green Plan, whose main goal is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. This is a sufficient incentive for many innovative companies to place on the market products that will meet the set goals of the European Commission. 

It seems that Croatia is also moving towards the implementation of the European Green Plan, which could soon receive a completely innovative, "green" transport to the island. Namely, the Initiative "Autonomous Electric Ships for Smart Islands and Cities"is being launched, which will be officially signed next Monday, ponedjeljak, 25. listopadaOctober 25, at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb. The initiative was launched by FER, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, the Center for Technology Transfer, the Nikola Tesla Innovation Center and the technology company iCat d.o.o.

It is the production of high-speed electric passenger catamarans for inter-island passenger transport. The vessel would be 17 meters long, 7 meters wide, could accommodate 94 passengers, and would sail at a speed of 30 knots.

iCat is a technologically superior catamaran, conceived as an ultralight vessel. Thanks to the application of modern technologies in hull construction and the options of electric, hybrid or highly efficient diesel drive, iCat creates economically viable and at the same time "green" passenger lines.

The ship, they say, is intended for inter-island ferry lines according to the suburban transport model, connecting islands and cities into a single whole.

The initiative "Autonomous electric ships for smart islands and cities" is launched with the aim of developing modern
zero-emission shipping, relying solely on “green” fuels. Technologically advanced propulsion on ships is accompanied by partial or complete autonomy, where the safety aspects of passenger transport come first, and autonomous docking is the first development step, the authors of the project say.