Illustration of the new ferry

(Source: Scandlines)

Scandlines to introduce zero-emission ferry between Germany and Denmark

Copenhagen-based Scandlines has ordered a zero-emission freight ferry at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey. The ferry, which will have almost 25% more capacity than vessels in operation on the route today, will be deployed from 2024 on the passage between Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark.

The vessel will have a capacity of about 1200 lane-metres and will be able to operate in zero-emission mode, with a crossing time of about one hour, or in hybrid mode, with a voyage time of 45 minutes, Scandlines said. Its modular construction means that it could be converted to carry a mixture of both freight and cars in future. The ship will be capable of transporting trucks on both its upper and lower decks and this will require some berth modifications at both ports.

The ferry will enable two older units, Holger Danske and Kronprins Frederik, to be phased out. It will also provide a useful back-up for any one of the four double-ended ferries currently in operation on the route across the Fehmarnbelt.

Initially, the new vessel will charge its batteries on the Danish side where an existing 50kV/25MW power cable will be extended to the ferry berths with installation of a transformer and charging station. When a suitable supply of green energy has been found on the German side, charging facilities will be made available there too, Scandlines said.

The company’s CEO, Carsten Nørland, commented: “With the added capacity, we will be able to meet the increasing need from freight customers. In 2021, the number of freight units has already increased by 12%.”

Scandlines Supervisory Board chairman, Vagn Sørensen, said: “Scandlines has for several years focused on the entire area of sustainability. The hybrid system was a quantum leap in green ferry operations. Scandlines not only operates the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, the system is also being copied worldwide and has
been a huge success. Now we are ready to take the next big step and insert the first zero-emission ferry. The next generation of ferries is ready to take over on the Puttgarden-Rødby route.”

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