Wärtsilä To Convert Scandlines Ferries To Plug-In Hybrid Solutions


Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the electrical systems necessary to convert two Scandlines ferries to a plug-in hybrid solution. These ferries, operating on the Puttgarden, Germany – Rödby, Denmark route, will move closer to emission-free operations by 2030, with Scandlines aiming for zero emissions on all routes by 2040. This project, slated for Q2 2024, is a significant step towards sustainable maritime transport.

Project Details and Objectives

The conversion project involves replacing an engine and existing systems with a shore-charged electrical system, including a large energy storage system (ESS). This upgrade will enable electricity to provide approximately 80 per cent of the energy needed for each crossing. Wärtsilä will engineer and deliver the hybrid converters, ESS, energy management system (EMS), and additional components like switchgear, transformers, and onboard port chargers. Wärtsilä will also supervise installations, and commissioning, and provide preventive maintenance support. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the summer of 2025.

Impact on Emission Reduction Goals

Scandlines’ CEO, Michael Guldmann Petersen, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with Wärtsilä, highlighting the project’s importance in achieving emission-free operations on the Puttgarden-Rødby route by 2030. Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine, emphasized the project’s significance as the world’s largest conversion of its kind, contributing to marine decarbonisation and supporting Scandlines’ environmental goals. The selected Ro-Ro ferries for conversion, ‘Deutschland’ and ‘Schleswig-Holstein,’ will lead the way in this ambitious ecological initiative.

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