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Scandlines continues the electric revolution on the Vogelfluglinie

The Scandlines shipping company remains on course for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. Following groundbreaking initiatives and investments, including the development of an emission-free freight ferry and the ambitious goal of operating the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry route completely emission-free by 2030, the company is now tackling the next stage of electrification.

Long-term vision: zero emissions by 2040

Scandlines has been demonstrating its commitment to climate and environmental issues since 2013. The conversion of hybrid ferries with battery packs and the planned commissioning of the emission-free ferry “Futura” in 2024 are milestones on the way to an emission-free future. The goal of operating the entire Puttgarden-Rødby route without direct emissions by 2030 is ambitious and goes beyond the requirements of the COP28 agreement.

Continuous investment in green technologies

Scandlines closely monitors technological developments and optimizes the energy efficiency of ferry operations. To date, the company has invested an impressive 400 million euros in green technologies. New hybrid ferries on the Rostock-Gedser ferry route, equipped with rotor sails and efficient propeller blades, as well as the retrofitting of ferries on the Puttgarden-Rødby route with innovative thrusters and algae-repellent silicone coating are just a few examples.

Plug-in ferries for the Vogelfluglinie

The next step on the way to emission-free ferry operations is now being taken with the electrification of two of the four passenger ferries on the Puttgarden-Rødby route. These will be converted into plug-in ferries so that they can be charged with electricity from renewable sources in both Puttgarden and Rødby. The impressive charging time of just 12 minutes, in which the batteries are charged to at least 80 percent, is made possible by a comprehensive on-board energy storage system, charging devices and solar panels.

Investments and support from the Federal Ministry

The total investment for the electrification amounts to 31 million euros, with the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport supporting the project financially with up to 40 percent as part of the funding program for the sustainable modernization of coastal vessels (NaMKü). The contract for the conversion is expected to be signed at the beginning of 2024 and the ferries will be converted from the end of 2024-2025.

CEO Carsten Nørland emphasizes progress and competitiveness

Scandlines CEO Carsten Nørland emphasizes the importance of these electrification measures: “We are now electrifying two of our Fehmarnbelt ferries, bringing us significantly closer to our goal of reducing Scope 1 emissions on the route to zero by 2030.” The shipping company is still aiming to reduce its total CO2 emissions by around 60 percent by 2030 compared to 2008 and to achieve the ambitious target of zero direct emissions for the entire company by 2040.

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