Scandlines News

30 Oct 2019

WASP Sets Sail on its 3-Year Voyage

WASP kick-off: From the kick-off meeting of the WASP project in Rotterdam recently. Photo: Nord University

The WASP (Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion) project, funded by the Interreg North Sea Europe program, part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €3.4 million has been officially approved and launched.The project brings together universities, wind-assist technology providers with ship owners to research, trial and validate the operational performance of a selection of wind propulsion solutions thus enabling wind propulsion technology market penetration and…

23 Sep 2019

OGCI Invests in Wind Power for Ships

Pic: Norsepower Oy Ltd

OGCI Climate Investments has led an EUR 8 million investment round in Norsepower, along with current investors, to accelerate Norsepower’s growth on global markets.The investment enables Norsepower to scale up production at its manufacturing facilities as part of a next phase of commercialization triggered by demand for its renewable wind energy propulsion systems, said a press release from Norsepower Oy Ltd., the provider of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary…

14 Aug 2019

Norsepower’s Rotor Sail on Hybrid Ferry

An illustration of M/V Copenhagen with a Norsepower Rotor Sail. (Photo: Scandlines)

Ferry operator Scandlines has announced that it has signed an agreement with Norsepower Oy Ltd, leading clean technology and engineering company pioneering modern wind propulsion technology, to install Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution on board the M/V Copenhagen, a hybrid passenger ferry.Operating between Rostock in Germany and Gedser in Denmark, the M/V Copenhagen belongs to the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, which combines diesel and battery power. Since 2013, Scandlines…

26 Jan 2019

Denmark Supports Development Electric Ferries

Pics: Danish Maritime Authority

Electric ferries are in a rapid development, and the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is actively engaged in ensuring that safety is part of the innovative efforts taking place in the Blue Denmark.The DMA is working in a joint project with the industry, other authorities and classification societies to promote understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the maritime industry. With a particular focus on safety.Denis Cederholm-Larsen, Senior Ship Inspector at the Danish…

09 Nov 2018

HH Ferries Launches Battery-powered Passenger Vessels

Pic: HH Ferries Group

Swedish HH Ferries Group has inaugurated the two ferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe as the world’s largest battery-powered passenger ferries on the route between Helsingborg, Sweden and Helsingör, Denmark.A press release from the owner of the ferry route which is marketed under the trademark Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör quoted Johan Röstin, CEO as saying: “Today’s official inauguration marks a milestone for HH Ferries Group’s green strategy. The ambitious project reduces the company’s total emissions of CO2…

09 Mar 2018

DNV GL JDP for Marine Batteries

Energy storage system onboard a passenger ferry (Photo: DNV GL)

Classification society DNV GL has announced the launch of a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. More than a dozen partners from the entire value chain have joined the initiative, including flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire detection and extinguishing system providers, and ship owners, operators and yards. “Including batteries in ships, whether as a hybrid or fully electric system…

07 Jun 2017

Denmark, Germany, Sweden Ferry Traffic Resumes

Ferries resumed crossings between Germany and Denmark after a brief halt on Wednesday following a threat made to local police by phone, Danish police said. The police said in a statement that it had searched and cleared the first ferries at the Danish ports Rodby and Gedser and allowed them to resume operations. Ferry routes between Denmark and Sweden, which had also been suspended due to the threats, were resumed shortly after, the police said. Ferry operator Scandlines said Wednesday it has evacuated all its ferries in the Danish town Rodby and suspended ferry traffic between Denmark and Germany due to security reasons following a telephone threat.

10 Apr 2017

Corvus, Scandlines Ink 10-year Service Deal

Photo: Patrick Kirkby / Scandlines

Corvus Energy said it has been awarded a 10-year service and maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry fleet. The contract includes both traditional service and maintenance of the fleets’ energy storage systems, plus Corvus’ remote condition-based monitoring service, Watchman. The first ferry operator to build and operate large ROPAX (roll-on/off passenger) hybrid ferries that combine traditional diesel power with advanced battery power, Scandlines utilizes Corvus’ lithium-ion based energy storage systems throughout the entire fleet to provide the battery power.

07 Feb 2017

Scandlines new ferries on Rostock-Gedser route

The new ferry Photo Scandlines

On Sunday evening 5 February 2017, the two new hybrid ferries M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen went into ordinary service on the Rostock-Gedser route. In May and December 2016, Scandlines inserted two new ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route. Until then the route had been operated by two former Great Belt ferries, which were no longer able to meet the capacity requirements. For the first time in history, two new ferries were especially designed for the route as Scandlines wanted to give the customers a special maritime experience on board as well as increase the effectiveness of the service.

21 Dec 2016

Scandlines’ Deploys New Ferry

New ferries on the Rostock-Gedser route Photo Scandlines

On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, will carry passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00. Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same day from the Danish yard FAYARD A/S. 20 December 2016 it was practicing between Rostock and Gedser and today Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark the ferry will go into ordinary service. M/V Copenhagen is the second of two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route.

29 Nov 2016

Hybrid Ferry uses Energy Storage System from Corvus Energy

The MV Copenhagen Photo Scandlines

Scandlines has named their newest hybrid ferry, the M/V Copenhagen. As part of Scandlines’ ambitious environmental strategy, the new hybrid ferry will join the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, utilizing a low emission and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System). The M/V Copenhagen is the sixth Scandlines hybrid ferry to utilize a Corvus ESS. This new hybrid ferry will soon join its sister ship M/V Berlin, also powered by a Corvus ESS, in servicing the crossing between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark.

28 Nov 2016

Scandlines’ New Hybrid Ferry Named MV Copenhagen

(Photo: Peter Therkildsen / Scandlines)

The second of Scandlines’ two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route was named M/V Copenhagen during a ceremony at the Danish shipyard FAYARD A/S on October 28, 2016. In his speech to the some 180 guests in attendance, Thomas Andersen, CEO of FAYARD A/S, thanked Scandlines for the confidence which the shipping company has shown the yard and he compared the new ferry with Hans Christian Andersen’s ugly duckling that finally turned into a beautiful swan. The new ferry M/V Copenhagen…

03 Oct 2016

PBES Lithium Energy Storage for HH Ferries

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said it has secured the energy storage supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion. The fully electric ferries will carry their part of more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually with zero emissions. The energy storage system, designed by PBES with a proprietary liquid cooling system that provides a higher level of safety to marine customers…

26 Sep 2016

Scandlines' Volume Zooms

New Ferries on the Rostock-Gedser Route Photo Scandlines

Scandlines can look back at a very good high season in 2016. Especially the new hybrid ferry of the shipping company, the M/V Berlin, which was put into service in May on the route Rostock-Gedser, contributed to the growth in the number of transported vehicles. In July and August, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry succeeded in breaking its own record numerous times. Thus, M/V Berlin transported no less than 39,451 cars in June. The highest number of cars on one crossing was reached on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 13:00 from Gedser, when 351 cars rolled onto the new hybrid ferry.

01 Jun 2016

Can Domestic Shipping Become Our Industry’s Farmer’s Market?

Crowley Maritime Corp. recently took delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). These tankers are at the forefront of the industry for their potential future conversion to LNG propulsion. (Credit: Crowley Maritime)

Arriving at the Farmer’s Market this morning I made the decision to grill some hand cut rib eye with fresh vegetables and potatoes later that evening. I searched several of the local farm kiosks to find the mix I wanted and then reached into my pocket to pay for my choices. The price for all this local fare is not competitive with Cosco or Walmart, but I know the vegetables are organically grown without chemicals and the local beef is grass fed. The price point may not be right but the effort supports local business and the farmers who work hard to provide us sustainable products and quality.

23 May 2016

Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry in Operation

MV Berlin Photo Scandlines

On Monday 23 May 2016, Scandlines’ new hybrid ferry, M/V Berlin, will for the first time carry passengers when it departs from Rostock towards Gedser at 06:00. Scandlines has now acquired all necessary certificates for the new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route. M/V Berlin will therefore start practicing between Rostock and Gedser and on Monday 23 May 2016 at 06:00 will go into regular service. ”I am very proud of the result which we can present to our customers as of Monday.

20 May 2016

Scandlines' Highest Passenger Transport Record

Scandlines focused business and invested in the future in 2015 Photo Scandlines

Scandlines focused the business on the Germany-Denmark routes and made significant investments in future-proofing the group’s ferry operations as well as catering and retail activities in 2015. Efforts to promote the Rostock-Gedser route paid off for Scandlines having recorded the highest number of transported passengers in five years and posted strong financial results. Revenue grew by 3.5% to EUR 460 million in 2015 (2014: EUR 445 million) as Scandlines recorded its highest number of transported passengers in five years.

24 Apr 2016

Scandlines’ Ferry leaves FAYARD Shipyard

Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD

The new Scandlines ferry for the route Rostock-Gedser left the Danish shipyard FAYARD on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The vessel will be named M/V Berlin on Tuesday 3 May 2016. During the last couple of months the vessel has successfully completed a comprehensive test programme (Harbor Acceptance Tests). Therefore, the M/V Berlin was able to start on the sea trial (Sea Acceptance Tests) on Wednesday 20 April, where the manoeuvrability will be tested under usual and unusual conditions. After the sea trial M/V Berlin is expected to arrive at her future berth in Rostock.

18 Jan 2016

Scandlines Ferry on 'Weight Reduction'

MV Berlin Courtesy Scandlines

The new Scandlines ferry M/V Berlin has been on a strict diet at the Danish shipyard FAYARD. A recently completed lightweight survey shows that the weight of the vessel has been reduced by 1,100 tons. After the successful weight reduction, both draught, load capacity and stability are now back to the level indicated in the specifications for the shipyard P+S WERFTEN in Stralsund, Germany. The vessel is currently undergoing a comprehensive and time-consuming test programme. The test programme is proceeding as planned, and Scandlines expects M/V Berlin to go into operation before Easter.

21 Dec 2015

Departure of M/V Berlin Postponed

MV Berlin, Courtesy Scandlines Ferry

The completion of the new Scandlines ferry M/V Berlin, which will be inserted on the ferry route between Rostock (Germany) and Gedser (Denmark), is in its stage in the Danish yard FAYARD. However, the comprehensive test programme drags on. The delay is partly due to a damaged main switchboard, just as the Christmas holidays are also a contributing factor. The work in the engine room has been completed, and all tests have been satisfactory. The same applies to the new bridge. Also the two car decks are ready for use.

29 Oct 2015

Scandlines’ New Ferries All Set to Sail

Simulator picture by Scandlines

Preparations for the forthcoming introduction of the two new Scandlines ferries for Gedser-Rostock are in full swing. All the Danish and German officers are currently completing their training in the company owned simulator in Puttgarden, Germany. Since 2011 all Scandlines’ nautical and dual officers have been able to train their skills internally in Puttgarden. Scandlines is therefore the only shipping company in Denmark with a company owned simulator. The simulator is a 1:1 copy of the bridge…

16 Sep 2015

EU Funds Scandlines' Green Initiatives

Scandlines' green initiatives blue stamp is also on the Gedser-Rostock

Scandlines is expected to be awarded EUR 6.3 million from EU for the installation of scrubbers and hybrid system on the two new vessels for the crossing between Rostock-Gedser and for environmentally friendly infrastructure in both port facilities. Scandlines has received contributions through the EU previously for the green conversion to hybrid operation for the so-called Beeline between Puttgarden-Rødby. The European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) aims to promote more effective cross-border transport corridors.

01 Jun 2015

New LR Guidance on Large Battery Installations

Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new guidance document aimed at facilitating a risk-based approach to battery use. The guidance describes the key hazards to consider when installing battery technology, and gives an overview of our non-prescriptive approach to approval. The guidance also covers battery chemistry and industry standards. The guidance starts at the beginning of a battery system’s lifecycle when the cells are being manufactured, and goes on to consider how an installation affects or is affected by a vessel’s power system, placement on board, ventilation, firefighting, electrical protection and maintenance. The guidance aims to help industry consider the hazards associated with large battery installations but is not specific to a particular cell chemistry.

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