Scandlines Ferry will use Kongsberg’s maritime propulsion system
[By: Kongsberg Maritime]
Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has just been contracted to supply a complete set of propulsion and control systems for a future Scandlines zero-emissions vessel which, when built, is destined to be the world’s largest all-electric double-ended ferry . The ferry was designed by LMG Marin AS in Norway and will be built at Cemre shipyard in Turkey, working closely with new build shipbuilding experts Scandline. The new cargo ferry is expected to enter service in 2024. As the first of the company’s next-generation vessels, announcing its ambitions to make its operations entirely emission-free, it will represent a major step in Scandlines’ green journey.
KONGSBERG has been Scandlines’ primary propulsion supplier for more than two decades, contributing directly to the company’s emissions reduction strategy in recent years. The new ferry, 147.4 meters long and designed to carry a maximum of 140 passengers and 66 cargo trucks at a service speed of 16 knots, will be equipped with KONGSBERG’s traction azimuth thruster; Azipull™. 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, providing operators with an intuitive human-machine interface that will allow them to check important parameters, such as the amplitude and direction of equipment thrust and health. , in one look.
Scandlines’ new freight ferry will operate on the route between Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn and Rødby in Denmark. With a capacity of 66 freight units (equivalent to approximately 1,200 meters of track), it will increase freight transport capacity on the route by approximately 23%. Emission-free crossings will be completed in one hour and 10 minutes: the vessel could also be operated as a hybrid ferry, reducing the journey time to 45 minutes.
Updating the infrastructure to support the new electric ferry and its planned successors is already underway. The 50 kV / 25 MW power cable that Scandlines laid in Rødby Harbor in 2019 is extended to the ferry berths, where a transformer and charging station will also be installed. In future, it is planned that there will also be charging facilities for the new ferry at Puttgarden, once a suitable solution has been agreed for the purchase of green electricity. The new freight ferry is designed to fit the existing berths at Rødby and Puttgarden.
“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 an example 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 to be associated with such a responsible and game-changing project.
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