One of the steps towards our zero emission strategy is the exchange of all thrusters – the ships’ propulsion systems – on Scandlines’ four hybrid ferries on the route between Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark.
The new thrusters will produce less underwater noise and further reduce CO2 emissions. In collaboration with the German environmental organisation NABU, we will carry out measurements of how much we have been able to reduce the noise. Ships with less underwater noise can improve the conditions for the marine life in the Fehmarn Belt area – among these the harbour porpoises. The total investment in the new thrusters is more than 13 million EUR.
As the first of the four Scandlines hybrid ferries on the Puttgarden-Rødby route, M/V Schleswig-Holstein had its thrusters exchanged in the autumn of 2019. In April 2020, M/V Deutschland was equipped with the new propulsion system and in September 2021, M/V Prins Richard had its thrusters exchanged. The fourth hybrid ferry on Puttgarden-Rødby, M/V Prinsesse Benedikte, has been equipped with new thrusters in September 2022.
Hightech pull thrusters replace push thrusters
On the former push thrusters, the propeller was at the back, so the water needed to pass the thruster before it reached the actual propeller.
We exchange these with high tech pull thrusters, where the propeller is at the front of the thruster, thus allowing a more homogeneous flow through the water. The new thrusters have four blades each, weigh 25 tons and have a diameter of 3.2 metres.
Ships with less underwater noise can improve the conditions for marine life such as harbour porpoises.
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A sustainable future
To broaden our Green Agenda, we have developed commitments across the entire organisation in support of five United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
A fleet of hybrid ferries
The hybrid system on ferries is similar to that of hybrid cars, where petrol or diesel is combined with electricity.
Powered by the wind
Since 2013, we have operated with environmentally friendly hybrid technology. In 2020, we installed a rotor sail on M/V Copenhagen and in 2022 on M/V Berlin respectively, which operate on our route between Rostock in Germany and Gedser in Denmark.
Green ferry operation
We already operate with hybrid ferries, which are much more eco-friendly than conventional ferries. However, our goal is ferry operation covered by pure battery power within a few years.
Other green initiatives
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.
UN Global Compact
Scandlines has joined the UN Global Compact – a voluntary initiative for responsible companies.
Zero emission freight ferry
Scandlines has ordered a new zero 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.