EU Bankrolls Scandlines Green Ferries
The European Union has through its TEN-T Programme set aside over EUR 2 million (USD 2.28m) for the upgrade of two Scandlines ferries navigating in the Baltic Sea to the mixed use of electricity and fuel.
This project will retrofit two ferries ensuring the link between Rødby (Denmark) and Puttgarden (Germany) with a hybrid propulsion system using electricity and fuel.
The SOX and particle matter from ship exhaust gases will be reduced by up to 99% and 88%, respectively. Bunker consumption savings will result in about 15% less CO2 emissions.
A new EU regulation requires all vessels travelling in European waters to cut down the emission of sulphur oxide (SO) from 2015 onwards to decrease environmental pollution.
The project is to be completed by December 2015, and will be implemented and managed by Scandlines Deutschland GmbH and Scandlines Danmark ApS, acting as maritime and port/terminal operators.