Scandlines has ordered a new zero direct emission-freight ferry for the Puttgarden-Rødby route. The ferry will be inserted in 2024, thus carrying the working title PR24, and will launch the next generation of ferries on the route.

The ferry will be built at the Cemre Shipyard in Turkey in close cooperation with Scandlines’ experts.

Increased freight capacity

The new vessel increases the current capacity to transporting freight units by 23 percent on the route

The new freight ferry will be able to transport lorries on both the upper and lower decks. Therefore the berths in Puttgarden and Rødby must be rebuilt to also load lorries on the upper deck.

Green energy

The new ferry will initially charge in Rødby and in the longer run in Puttgarden as well when a good solution has been found for the purchase of green electricity.

Already in 2019, Scandlines invested in a 50 kV / 25 MW power cable to the harbour in Rødby. This cable will now be extended to the ferry berths, where a transformer and charging station will be installed.

Emission free ferry operation

With a crossing time of one hour, the ferry is emission free. It can also be operated as a hybrid ferry and then the crossing time is 45 minutes

Scandlines’ is working on being able to operate completely emission-free within few years, initially on Puttgarden-Rødby. By investing in the new emission-free ferry, we have taken an important step towards achieving this goal.

Steel Cutting start for new ferry

The first steel plates for Scandlines’ new zero direct emission-ferry were cut on 4 April 2022 at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey. A small traditional ceremony took place and was the culmination of months of intense preparation.

Keel laying of new ferry

In August 2022, Scandlines and Cemre Shipyard, Turkey passed a milestone in connection with the keel laying of Scandlines' new zero direct emission-freight ferry. 

Like other modern ships, the PR24 will not be built around a single keel but rather with a number of hull sections. On 30 August, the first block was placed on the slipway.

Data for Scandlines' zero direct emission-freight ferry for the Puttgarden-Rødby route:

  • Length: 147.4 m
  • Breadth: 25.4 m
  • Design draft: 5.30 m
  • Freight capacity: 66 freight units (abt. 1,200 lane metres)
  • Max. number of passengers: 140
  • Service speed: 10 knots
By investing in the new zero direct emission-free ferry, we have taken an important step on our green journey