On 20 April 2022, a majority in Ærø Municipality’s municipal council decided to enter into an agreement on a commitment of DKK 72 million with the Danish Transport Authority for the construction of two new electric ferries on the busy Ærøskøbing – Svendborg route.
On 22 December 2021, it was announced that Ærø Municipality had been allocated almost DKK 72 million from the Ministry of Transport’s green ferry pool for a total of DKK 233 million.
The municipal council had to consider whether it wanted to use the DKK 72 million, which according to the budget entails a self-financing of DKK 336 million. After a debate in the hall, the commitment was given, and the budget approved, and Ærøfærgerne can thus start the concrete work.
The design of the new ferries and the business model for the replacement will be considered by the municipal council on an ongoing basis until the autumn of 2022.