TECHNOLOGY

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Stena is developing a solution to use recycled batteries in charging stations at ports

Stena is developping a new type of energy storage, similar to very large powerbanks. It will be essential for the quick charging of electric ferries in the future. The project is part-financed by the EU and will, among other things, investigate how used batteries from the transport sector can be reused for energy storage in ports.

“Stena Elektra – a fully electric ferry – is already on the drawing board. In order to succeed, we need to solve the issue of how to quickly charge a ferry. Energy storage at ports using recycled batteries, is a very interesting and sustainable alternative for the future”, says Per Wimby, project manager for electrification at Stena Teknik.

“Rapidly charging a large ferry requires a huge amount of energy in a short time and it’s not certain that the electricity grid will be able to deliver it. Local energy stores at ports could offer a great solution to this problem”, says Rasmus Bergström, Managing Director of Batteryloop (a subsidiary of the Stena Recycling Group).

The collaboration includes several Stena companies – Batteryloop, Stena Recycling, Stena Rederi and Stena Line – the ports of Gothenburg and Kiel and the accreditation company DNV GL. The project will be carried out over two years and be part-financed by INEA, the EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.

STENA ESTRID

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In an online live event, Stena has revealed the name of the new E-Flexer: STENA ESTRID. Estrid, or Astrid, refers to a Swedish heritage person.

Estrid of the Obotrites was a Viking age Swedish queen (born in 10th century), married to Olof Skötkonung, the King of Sweden, 1000–1022.. (source: Wikipedia)

Stena Line’s Belfast services deliver record year

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2017 marked another record trading year for Stena Line on its routes from Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham.

  • Freight units: 514,000 (+3%)
  • Cars: 360,000 (+2.5%)
  • Passengers: over 1.5m (+2.5%)
  • Coach traffic delivered the biggest increase at 10.5% underscoring Belfast’s ongoing tourist boom.

Today Belfast represents Stena Line’s largest operational hub with seven ships providing up to 22 daily crossing options.
A further £500,000 will be invested in the upgrade of onboard passenger facilities this spring.

Photo: Stena Line

Oslo one step closer to a zero emission port

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The Swedish company Processkontroll Elektriska AB has been chosen to build the new shore power installation in the Port of Oslo.
Stena Line would like to connect its ferry STENA SAGA. However, to convert the veteran Stena is seeking subsidies from Enova SF, owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Otherwise it is not economically sustainable.
On Tuesdays the ship is 10 hours in port. According to the company’s own calculations, the use of shore power every Tuesday will help reduce annual emissions by about seven tonnes of NOx and 300 tonnes of CO2.
Color Line already has two ships connected to shore power. Now the port hopes that DFDS will also opt for cold ironing for its cruise ferries.

Photo: Mike Louagie

New EUR 24 million quay and berths for Stena Line in Rotterdam

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Dutch construction and engineering company Ballast Nedam has replaced the existing quay and built two new berths at the Stena Line freight terminal in Europoort, Rotterdam. This was needed because of the intention to introduce larger ships, and because the quay was getting too old.
Initially only one berth would be replaced, but the booming North Sea business made Stena ask during the works Port of Rotterdam to invest in a second berth. Ballast Nedam was able to change the plans and realised successfully a new 2-berth terminal.

Photo: Ballast Nedam