October 24, 2019

New Thrusters For Scandlines Ferries

As the first of the four Scandlines hybrid ferries of the route Puttgarden-Rødby, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN has been sent to the Remontowa shipyard. Four new Kongsberg Maritime thrusters have been installed.

Scandlines is switching to high-tech pull thrusters, where the propeller sits on the front of the thruster for a more homogeneous flow through the water.

This significantly reduces underwater noise and vibrations. Underwater noise is an issue of increasing importance to environmental protection organizations as a number of marine animals are adversely affected by the underwater sound caused by shipping. On the Puttgarden-Rødby route, it is mainly the harbor porpoises that are affected.

All 16 thrusters on the hybrid ferries of the Puttgarden-Rødby route will be replaced. Simultaneously, the shape of the hull around each thruster has also been changed to further optimize the flow of water to the propulsion propeller.

One of the GenSets was also upgraded and replaced with a larger 4950 kW generator, which makes it possible to operate the ship with only one instead of two generators.