Our current focus is on reducing our ferries' energy consumption per crossing. We are investing in energy efficiency and operational adjustments that lead to energy savings.
Since the opening of the route connecting Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark, Scandlines has improved its concept for traffic machines to perfection: multiple crossings every day, and 365 days a year – that means more than 35,000 departures every year. For this reason, even small adjustments have a great impact.
The crossing of the 18.5 km route only takes 45 minutes, and disembarking and embarking is handled within 15 minutes. Therefore, the Beeline is the fastest and most efficient route from Scandinavia to the European continent – and very soon, it becomes direct emission free as well.
New propeller blades on the Rostock ferries
In january 2023 we installed new propeller blades on the Rostock ferries, thereby optimising the vessels for the current operating profile. This results in improved propeller efficiency and a saving in propulsion energy of as much as 11 percent.
In 2016, we introduced two new hybrid ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route. The ferries are specially designed for the route and for a speed of 20 knots with three engines in operation: two on the centre propeller and one for the hotel load and thrusters.
As part of our green agenda, the speed has been reduced to 16 knots and therefore only one engine is needed on the centre propeller. The propulsion machinery of the vessel is not optimised for this speed and one main engine does not have sufficient torque to rotate the propeller at the designed pitch (angle of the propeller blade). In order not to overload the engine, pitch is reduced and propeller efficiency decreases significantly.
The former centre propeller with a diameter of 4.6 metres was thus not being used optimally, and we therefore decided to replace the five propeller blades with smaller blades, so that the centre propeller now has a diameter of 4.2 metres. In addition to improved efficiency, this also reduces vibration and the risk of bottom damage.
With a crossing time of two hours, we reduce the propulsion energy and CO2 emissions by 11 percent thanks to the new propeller blades.
New centre propeller blades for the Scandlines Rostock-Gedser-Rostock hybrid ferries:
Before: Centre propeller with a diameter of 4.6 metres
Now: Centre propeller with a diameter of 4.2 metres
Number: The centre propeller has a total of five blades
Weight: Each blade weighs 1,223 kg
Propulsion energy saving: 11 percent
CO2 reduction: 11 percent
New propeller blades on the Rostock ferries results in improved propeller efficiency and a saving in propulsion energy of as much as 11 percent.
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A sustainable future
To broaden our Green Agenda, we have developed commitments across the entire organisation in support of 13 out of 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
A fleet of hybrid ferries
Hybrid is not for cars only – it also works in ferries.
An important step on our journey towards a greener ferry fleet.
Powered by the wind
With a rotor sail, the hybrid ferries M/V Copenhagen and M/V Berlin reduces CO2 emission.
Sustainability in action
We reduce food waste by serving individual portions made to order, putting smaller amounts of food on the buffet at the time and by having less dishes from which to choose.
Zero direct emission-freight ferry
Scandlines has ordered a new zero direct emission-freight ferry for the Puttgarden-Rødby route. The ferry will be inserted in 2024 and will launch the next generation of ferries on the route.
Collaboration with external partners
For a number of years, we have cooperated with the German environmental organisation, NABU.