Keel laying of Scandlines’ emission-free Fehmarn Belt ferry

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  • 30 August 2022, Scandlines celebrated the keel laying of its new zero direct emission freight ferry PR24, under construction at the Cemre Shipyard.
  • The ferry will be inserted on the Puttgarden-Rødby route in 2024 as the first emission-free
  • In 2030, the entire route will be emission-free.
  • The new ferry can charge in just 17 minutes in Rødby. In 2019, Scandlines invested in a 50 kV / 25 MW power cable at Færgevej in Rødbyhavn. In spring 2023, work will start on extending this cable to the ferry berths, where a transformer and charging station will be installed.
  • Crossing time 70 minutes = emission-free
  • Crossing time 45 minutes = hybrid
  • Thus, the ferry can also be used as backup ferry for one of the four double-ended ferries.
  • The rebuilding of the terminals in Puttgarden and Rødby has already started.
  • Berth 1 in Rødby will be converted into a lay-up berth for all five double-ended ferries.
  • As PR24 will be transporting lorries on both the upper and lower decks – as it is currently the case on the ferries operating the Rostock-Gedser route – berth 1 in Puttgarden and berth 3 in Rødby must also be rebuilt. This work is expected to start later this year.

Data for zero-emission Scandlines 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: 10 knots

Battery system: 10 MWh

Charging time in port: 17 minutes

Investment: 80 MEUR

Finnlines’ Superstar ro-paxes celebrate launching and keel laying

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  • Finnlines is building two Superstar ro-pax vessels.
  • The first vessel, FINNSIRIUS, was launched on 30 August 2022.
  • The keel laying of FINNCANOPUS, was celebrated on 1 September 2022.
  • The two ropax ferries will start to operate from Finland to Sweden and Åland Islands in 2023.

Environmental qualities

Emission reduction technology

Shore power connection

Exhaust gas abatement

Waste heat recovery

Battery pack

Air lubrication


Ballast water treatment system


Type of vessel : Cargo-passenger

Delivery: 2023

Ice class: 1A Super

Length, overall: 235.0 m

Gross tonnage: 64,600

Deadweight: 11,500

Lane metres: 5,100

Passengers: about 1,100

Passenger cabins: 323

Route: Finland–Sweden (Naantali–Långnäs–Kapellskär)

Stena Line names STENA ESTELLE in Gdynia

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  • On 3 September 2022, a ceremony was held to name the Stena Line E-Flexer STENA ESTELLE.
  • Champagne was broken on the side of the Stena Estelle ferry by the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the ship’s godmother.
  • The ropax serves the Gdynia-Karlskrona line.
  • STENA ESTELLE is one of the largest ferries in the Baltic Sea. It is 240 metres long, offers space for 1,200 people and can accommodate up to 200 trucks on 3,600 metres of car decks.
  • It is energy efficient thanks to its optimised design. It can be converted to run on gas, allowing fuel to be changed to methanol or LNG.
  • During port calls, it can use shore power. A connection to the electric grid will enable future conversion to a battery hybrid system.

Godmother Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychala and Captain Wojciech Jurgas

CEO Niclas Martensson hands over steering wheel to Captain Wojciech Jurgas

German operator SFK takes delivery of full-electric ferry

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  • Dutch marine battery system supplier EST-Floattech has delivered 1092kWh of battery capacity for new, full-electric ferry WELLINGDORF in a contract with system integrator Holland Ship Electric
  • The zero-emission vessel is the 5th in a series of 6 hybrid and full-electric vessels for Kiel-based tug and ferry operator SFK
  • Designed and built by Holland Shipyards Group.
  • The last (hybrid) vessel SCHILKSEE is expected to be delivered early 2026.
  • Earlier this year Holland Shipyards Group, in collaboration with Holland Ship Electric and EST-Floattech, delivered the hybrid ferries FRIEDRICHSORT, GAARDEN and WIK.
  • The series of six also includes the emission-free passenger ferry DÜRSTENBROOK and is part of SFK’s fleet renewal plan focusing on lower environmental impact and upgraded services. This plan is tied to the City of Kiel’s environmental goal of being CO2-neutral by 2050.

La Méridionale is the first shipping company to add a particle filter on their ferry PIANA

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  • SOLVAir Marine team facilitated the joint collaboration of three partners: Solvay, Andritz and La Méridionale.
  • The result of this collaboration is the installation of the world’s first dry exhaust gas treatment system on the vessel PIANA.
  • With its 30 years’ experience, Solvay brought technical support during the engineering, construction and operation phases, with a specific focus on the injection of dry sorbent; Solvay also supplied the sodium-based sorbent and safely managed the residues.
  • Andritz designed, built, and delivered the equipment, integrated on the vessel under La Méridionale’s responsibility.
  • PIANA is the first vessel running SOLVAir Marine Solution.
  • SOLVAir Marine teams, Andritz representatives and La Méridionale have run a trial of 6 months to test the efficiency of the solution on vessels running on High Sulphur Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) engines.

Record summer for Viking Line on its Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm route

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  • All-time passenger record on the Turku-Mariehamn-Stockholm route: 740,000 people travelled with VIKING GLORY and VIKING GRACE between June and August.
  • New VIKING GLORY has attracted a larger share of younger adults, who in many cases are taking a ‘cruise’ for the first time.
  • Younger adults are attracted by the food and the luxurious spa and massage treatments – which have also been fully booked on many departures.
  • A total of nearly 2 million passengers sailed on all of Viking Line’s vessels during the three summer months.
  • The destination cruises with VIKING CINDERELLA and GABRIELLA to Visby, Bornholm, Ystad and Sweden’s High Coast, among other places, were also popular this past summer, and a number of departures were fully booked.
  • Service between Helsinki and Stockholm has also started to take off post-pandemic, with people showing a strong interest in experiencing the

CAP DE BARBARIA will be zero-emission in port

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From the beginning of summer 2023, Balearia will link Ibiza and Formentera with the first electric ferry in Spain with zero emissions during stays and approaches to port.

CAP DE BARBARIA will be launched September 28th at the Armón shipyard in Vigo and will have the athlete Andrea Romero, from Formentera, as godmother.

The new ferry will be able to transport 14 trucks and 350 passengers with a very tight energy consumption, without emitting polluting gases in port thanks to its electric propulsion.