Scandlines has ordered a new zero direct emissions-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.
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.
When the ferry starts operating on the Fehmarn Belt in 2024, the world's largest battery system of 10 MWh can be charged in just 17 minutes in Rødby. With renewable power, of course. In 2019, Scandlines invested in a 50 kV / 25 MW power cable to Rødbyhavn. This cable has now been extended approximately 1.2 kilometres to the new transformer between ferry berth 2 and 3. The ferry charger, transformer, control and switch gear equipment are already in place at the ferry berth in Rødbyhavn.
Now Scandlines is investing in a 30 kV / 15 MW power cable including transformer and charging station for the port of Puttgarden. As of 2025, this will reduce the charging time to just 12 minutes in each port and allow the ferry to cover the 18.5 km between Puttgarden and Rødby in 45 minutes with zero direct emissions.
Emission free ferry operation
With a crossing time of one hour, the ferry is emission free in operation. 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 ferry 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.
Launching of the new zero direct emissions-ferry
25 November 2023, Scandlines’ new zero direct emissions-freight ferry was traditionally launched from the Turkish Cemre Shipyard. The ferry will be named Futura at a naming ceremony in connection with its deployment on the Fehmarn Belt in 2024.
Data for Scandlines' zero direct emissions-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 meters)
- Max. number of passengers: 140
- Service speed: 16/10 knots
- Crossing time: 45 minutes (as of 2025)
- Battery system: 10 MWh
- Charging time in port: 12 minutes (as of 2025)
- Direct emissions during the crossing: 0
- Investment: 80 MEUR
By investing in the new zero direct emission ferry, we have taken an important step on our green journey
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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
The hybrid system on ferries is similar to that of hybrid cars, where petrol or diesel is combined with electricity.
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.
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.
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.
Collaboration with external partners
For a number of years, we have cooperated with the German environmental organisation, NABU.
Reduction of energy consumption
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.