Scandlines has installed a Norsepower rotor sail on a second hybrid ferry, M/V Berlin, reads an official release.
Cutting carbon emissions
Since 2013, Scandlines has spent more than €300 million on converting conventional ferries into hybrid vessels. In 2020 it installed a Norsepower Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry Copenhagen, which operates on the Rostock-Gedser route between Germany and Denmark.
According to Scandlines, the installation of the wind propulsion technology has cut CO2 emissions from the Copenhagen by an average of 4% – and by as much as 20% on days with optimal wind conditions.
Testing the viability of wind power
On 16 May 2022, Scandlines installed the Norsepower Rotor Sail on another of its hybrid ferries, M/V Berlin, at the Port of Rostock while the ferry was out of service for a few hours.
Norsepower’s CEO Tuomas Riski commented on the latest installation: ‘Scandlines is taking the international GHG emissions reductions targets extremely seriously and is demonstrating a leading approach to investing in innovation to supersede these.’
‘Expanding its use of our Rotor Sail technology on its second vessel highlights the viability of wind power, and the significance of the emissions savings which can be achieved.’
Norsepower Rotor Sail solution
The Norsepower Rotor Sail solution is fully automated. The system measures the wind speed and direction and based on these measurements calculates whether use of the rotor sail will reduce emissions. If so, the rotor sail starts automatically.
However, for specific port areas which are not suitable for rotor sail use, the technology has settings to ensure the sail will not be activated.
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