Scandlines electrifies Fehmarn Belt link

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In recent years, Scandlines has cemented its position as a green frontrunner with a wide range of initiatives, an investment in a new zero direct emissions freight ferry and ambitions to make the Puttgarden-Rødby route emission-free by 2030 and realise the zero direct emissions vision by 2040.

Scandlines is now taking the next big step on the green journey, converting two of the four passenger ferries operating the Puttgarden-Rødby route into plug-in ferries so that they can charge green power both in Puttgarden and Rødby. On average, the batteries of the ferries will be charged in just 12 minutes with at least 80 percent of the energy needed for a crossing.

To make this possible in just 12 minutes, Scandlines is investing in the following:

·        Large energy storage system on board both ferries
·        Charging facilities on board
·        Solar panels on board both ferries

The total investment in electrification of the Fehmarn Belt ferries amounts to EUR 31 million. The German Ministry of Transport has awarded the project financial support as part of a funding programme covering sustainable modernisation of coastal vessels to reduce emissions, covering up to 40 percent of the conversion costs.

Scandlines expects to sign a contract on the conversion in early 2024. Subject to the final delivery time of equipment, the ferries will be converted in the beginning of 2024 till 2025. Thus, Scandlines is well on the way to achieving its vision of making the Puttgarden-Rødby route emission-free by 2030. Already in 2030, Scandlines will have reduced the company's total direct CO2 emissions by around 60 percent compared to 2008. The goal remains zero direct emissions for the entire company in 2040.

“We are now electrifying two of our Fehmarn Belt ferries and moving much closer to our goal of making the route emission-free in Scope 1 by 2030. This is what our customers want, and it will significantly strengthen our competitiveness. The combination of our unparalleled reliability, continued investment in our unique green profile as well as the tailored traffic machine and excellent retail offerings, forms a competitive foundation for our business, also ahead of the planned opening of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link," says Scandlines CEO Carsten Nørland.

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