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Scandlines: New Fehmarnbelt ferry takes shape

The completion of the new zero-emission freight ferry “PR24”, which is to be deployed on the Puttgarden-Rødby route from 2024, is drawing ever closer.

From next year, the new hybrid ferry “PR24” will operate under the Danish flag between Puttgarden on Fehmarn and Rødby in Denmark.[ds_preview] The €80 million ship with a length of 147.4 m, a width of 25.4 m and a loading capacity of 66 freight units (approx. 1,200 loading meters) and space for up to 140 passengers is being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey.

Scandlines ferry has three gensets

All 36 sections of the new Scandlines ferry – with the exception of the bridge in the middle of the ship – have been welded together. This was originally due to be completed by the end of June this year. The cargo ferry has also been primed and the individual compartments are now being fitted out step by step. The hybrid ferry has also been equipped with three gensets – a combination of a diesel engine and an electricity generator – from the manufacturer MTU.

Ferry receives world’s largest 10 MWh lithium-ion battery

The installation of the world’s largest 10 MWh lithium-ion battery from Swiss manufacturer Leclanché is planned for the period shortly before the ferry is handed over. According to the company, the 8.6 m high charging tower from the German company Stemmann-Technik will soon be released for installation on the pier at ferry bed 3 in Rødby.

The system stores the last position of the Scandlines ferry so that only minor adjustments to the position of the loading current collector will probably be necessary for each ferry call. The ferry loading system can also compensate for changes in water level and ferry movements.

When the Scandlines ferry approaches the berth, the charging station is activated, the tower gate opens automatically and the charging plate extends. As soon as the ferry has moored at the berth, the charging current collector connects to the on-board unit within a maximum of 15 seconds and starts charging the batteries. After the charging process, the tower gate rolls down again to protect the components from external influences. The transformer and the control and switching systems are already installed.

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