Holland Shipyards Group has won a contract for a new electric ferry from operator Schlepp-und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK)
The new order follows the delivery of a hybrid and fully electric ferry and a contract for three additional hybrid ferries to be delivered to the German ferry operator SFK.
The design of the additional ferry, named Wellingdorf, is in line with the previously delivered vessel Düsternbrook. Wellingdorf will measure 24.7 m by 6.5 m and is completely emissions free.
The vessel will be powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1,092 kWh and in addition to the battery pack, the vessel has 20 solar panels on the roof to contribute to feeding the onboard electrical system.
The city of Kiel aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050 and expects shipping to play a major part in this shift as the port is the point of departure for cruises and has ferry connections to the Baltic states and Scandinavia. SFK’s fleet renewal programme is part of that overall goal.
Gaarden, the first plug-in hybrid vessel to operate on the German Baltic coastline, was delivered to SFK in July 2020 and began operating last August on the F1 ferry line between the station bridge in Kiel and Laboe/Schilksee/Strande.
Düsternbrook is intended for use on the F2 ferry line and has been at the SFK dock in Kiel since late December 2020. Covid-19-related restrictions have delayed the final testing, handover and commissioning of the ship.
Wellingdorf is expected to enter service mid 2022.
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