The Denmark based ferry company Stena Line plans to start operating two fossil-free battery-powered vessels before 2030. The line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson has mentioned this during a press conference. Stena Line is planning to have the two ferries on the route between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn in Denmark.
With the aim of cutting carbon emission by 70% in the port of Gothenburg line has taken the initiative to look for alternative fuels. The Stena Line works together with Volvo Group, Scania, and the Port of Gothenburg for the Tranzero Initiative collaboration project of Gothenburg.
Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said, “We now move from vision to vessel with the battery-powered vessel Stena Elektra. Within a year we will present the outline specifications and at the latest by 2025, we plan to order the first vessel. This will be a huge step towards fossil-free shipping”, said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line Group and member of the Swedish Government Electrification Commission” during the press release
Stena Line- one of Europe’s leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 18 routes in Northern Europe focus on zero-carbon shipping
”The electrification of shipping has only just begun. We see great potential for both battery hybrids and battery-powered vessels on several of our short-sea shipping routes in the future. But, it takes more than the electrical ships, we also need to develop the infrastructure and charging possibilities in the ports and terminals at the same pace and that is a reason why collaborations projects like this are so important, further added the Mårtensson.
With the new ferries, Stena Elektra will be the world’s first fossil-free RoPax vessel. She will have a combined capacity for 1,000 passengers and 3,000 lane meters freight capacity. The vessel will be approximately 200 m and build in high tensile steel to lower the weight and increase efficiency. Approximately 50 NM is expected to run on battery power. Batteries can charge while the ferry is in the port of Gothenburg.
Since 2018 Stena Line is operating the battery hybrid vessel Stena Jutlandica on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route, using battery power for maneuvering and powering the bow thrusters when the ship is in port. The batteries are charged with green shore power in the port of Gothenburg as well as during operation and in total the CO2 emissions are lowered by 1,500 tonnes per year, equal to the emissions from 600 cars per year.