Scandlines orders zero emission ferry capable of transporting lorries on two decks

Danish ferry operator Scandlines has ordered an emission-free freight ferry from Turkish manufacturer Cemre Shipyard. The vessel, which can transport lorries on both the upper and lower decks, can be operated in two modes: either in the emission-free or the hybrid version. It is going to start operation in 2024.

Scandlines orders zero emission ferry capable of transporting lorries on two decks
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The vessel has a capacity of 66 freight units, which increases the current capacity by 23%.

When the ferry operates in emission-free mode, the crossing time on the Puttgarden-Rødby route will be one hour. The vessel can also be operated as a hybrid ferry, in which case the crossing time is 45 minutes.

As the vessel will be able to transport lorries on both the upper and lower decks, berth 3 in Rødby and berth 1 in Puttgarden must be rebuilt. At the same time, a new lorry storage area will be established in the terminal of Puttgarden.

Scandlines has also announced it is replacing the two oldest ships in the fleet, M/V Holger Danske and M/V Kronprins Frederik.

“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 percent,” says Scandlines’ CEO Carsten Nørland.

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