Travemunde-based ferry group TT Line has commissioned the construction of a newbuild LNG-powered ferry – the first the company has ordered – with an option on a second as it embarks on a low-emission future in its home waters of the Baltic Sea.
According to the chief executive of the Swedish-German company, Bernhard J Termuhlen, the dual-fuel, 230-m long and 31-m wide vessel will be the most environmentally friendly vessel in TT Line’s history. The company was determined to establish new standards in marine traffic in the south of the Baltic Sea, he said. Four of the vessels in TT Line’s current six-ferry fleet are propelled by diesel-electric engines.
The new so-called green ship is scheduled for delivery in 2022. The vessel, which will be constructed in the Jinling shipyard in Jiangsu, China, will have capacity for 800 passengers and more than 200 semi-trailers and containers. The project is partially subsidised by Germany’s federal transport ministry.
The market leader in direct transport between Germany, Poland and Sweden, TT Line carries nearly 900,000 passengers a year, 180,000 cars and more than 400,000 freight units. Most days the company’s ferries transport up to 6,500 passengers. It posts annual revenues of about €160M (US$182M).
TT Line has won several awards for its technology and environmental management in recent years, most recently for installing diesel-electric propulsion and for its 'green bridge on Nordic Corridor' project jointly sponsored by the EU. The group was one of the first to install hybrid, or 'wet', scrubbers on a ferry – Nils Dacke – as early as 2014 in a complex months-long operation that also served as a trail-blazer in the region.