Ferry operator Scandlines has signed an agreement with Finland’s Norsepower Oy Ltd to install a 30m-high Rotor Sail on board the hybrid passenger ferry, Copenhagen, which sails on the route between Rostock, Germany, and Gedser in Denmark.
Preparations for the retrofit will be made in November this year, with the actual installation scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. The vessel will have one large Rotor Sail, in this case a 5m-diameter spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power and create thrust.
Scandlines CEO, Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, commented: “By installing a Rotor Sail, we can reduce CO2 emissions on the Rostock-Gedner route by 4 to 5%.”
The ferry operator claims to operate the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, running on diesel and battery power. Since 2013, it has invested more than EUR 300 million in building and retrofitting hybrid vessels.