The vessel has been used as an in-house research test bed to investigate next generation powering arrangements such as electrification and the use of alternative fuels. Analyses and research looked into the technical feasibility, efficiency, costs, infrastructural requirements and environmental impact in comparison to the conventional Diesel-Electric configurations.
The vessel itself is design to accommodate up to 900 passengers and 162 vehicles within constrained dimensions to allow and maintain the use of existing port infrastructure. The vessel is unique in its fully enclosed car deck, to allow for all weather and season operations, being an essential connection between the two islands.
Propulsion is through means of azimuth pods for maximum manoeuvrability, electrically powered, with energy supplied by various means of energy providers and carriers, like hydrogen and fuel cells, electric batteries and other innovative 0 emission technologies.