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Kongsberg propulsion solutions selected for Scandlines zero-emission ferry

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Nick Blenkey

In zero-emission mode, the ferry has a crossing time of one hour on the Puttgarten/Rødby route.

The zero-emission cargo ferry ordered for Scandlines at Cemre shipyard in Turkey will include a set of Kongsberg Maritime (KM) propulsion and control systems.

Designed by LMG Marin AS in Norway, the vessel will be the world’s largest fully electric double-ended ferry when it enters service in 2024. Capable of carrying trucks on both upper and lower decks, the new ferry will be 147.4 meters, width of 25.4 meters and design project of 5.3 meters. It will have a capacity of 66 freight units and will be able to accommodate 140 passengers.

Kongsberg has been Scandlines’ main propulsion supplier for more than two decades, contributing directly to the ferry company’s emissions reduction strategy in recent years.

The new ferry will have a service speed of 16 knots, will be equipped with Kongsberg’s Azipull azimuth thruster. The thruster will come with variable pitch propellers, in an L-drive configuration with an integrated permanent magnet drive motor. This increases overall fuel efficiency while reducing noise and vibration, as well as the physical footprint of the thruster system compared to previous deliveries.

Kongsberg will also supply its Mcon Propulsion & Thruster control system to control and monitor the propulsion and steering of the ferry. It presents operators with an intuitive human/machine interface that allows them to check important parameters at a glance.

The ferry will operate on the Scandlines route between Puttgarden, Germany, and Rødby, Denmark. It will be built as a battery-powered hybrid, but will operate on the crossing in all-electric mode. It will enter service on the road in 2024 after the extension of a 50 kV / 25 MW feeder cable to the ferry berths at Rødby, where a transformer and charging station will be installed. Initially, it will only be billed to Rødby. In the longer term, it is planned to also be able to recharge at Puttgarden when Scandlines finds a good solution for the purchase of green energy.

“Our continued investment in KM technology not only indicates the closeness of our trusted business relationship, but also demonstrates our commitment to deploying the most sustainable energy solutions available on the market,” says Michael Guldmann Petersen, COO, Scandlines.

“Scandlines is setting the example that is intended to ensure the viability of freight ferries in an environmentally conscious world,” adds Roy Egil Høydal, Senior Sales Manager, Seaborn & Pax, Kongsberg Maritime, “and we are very proud to be associated with such a responsible and game-changing project.

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Key words: Cemre shipyard, ferry, ferry propulsion, freight ferry, Kongsberg Maritime, Kongsberg propulsion, LMG Marin AS, Scandlines, shipyard, zero emission ferry, zero emission vessel

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