Jan 4, 2023 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

Ship operator Scandlines says that its new zero direct emission ferry, curently known as PR24, being built in Turkey for the Puttgarden-Rødby route, now has two-thirds of the steel plates cut , and the ferry currently consists of eight sections which have already been placed on the bedding with a further 16 sections under construction.

In close cooperation with the Scandlines site team, the Cemre shipyard is developing a 3D model of the ferry. The model enables users to digitally move around the ferry while simultaneously ensuring that construction drawings and the 3D model are continuously being updated with correct and revised information as the construction of the ferry progresses. The Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has started producing the battery bank which, with a capacity of 10 MWh, will be the largest lithium-ion battery installation on a ferry to date.

When the 147.4m ferry, with 1200 lane metre capacity, starts operating on the Fehmarn Belt in 2024, it will charge in just 17 minutes in Rødby using green electricity. Scandlines’ existing 50kV/25MW power cable in Rødbyhavn will be extended in spring 2023 by about 1.2 km to the new transformer station between ferry berth 2 and 3.

The vessel will operate completely emission-free with a crossing time of 70 minutes. It can also be operated in hybrid mode in the same manner as the current passenger ferries on the Scandlines routes between Germany and Denmark. When operated as hybrid ferry the crossing time is 45 minutes.

Three diesel gensets will be installed; recently Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Germany and its mtu subsidiary in the Netherlands have carried out a series of FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) test runs on the three gensets at various loads to ensure that they meet the specifications. Rolls-Royce has carried out vibration measurements at relevant positions and recorded extremely low values.

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