SFK orders zero-emission electric ferry from Holland Shipyards

by 17, Aug, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

The previously delivered Düsternbrook

Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) has confirmed another order for a fully electric zero-emission ferry from Holland Shipyards Group. This comes following the previous delivery of a hybrid and fully electric ferry and an ongoing contract for three additional hybrid ferries. 

The design of the ferry, to be named Wellingdorf, is in line with the previously delivered vessel Düsternbrook. The ferry will measure 24,70 m by 6,50 m and be completely emission-free. She will entirely be powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1.092 kWh. The vessel will also feature 20 solar panels on the roof to contribute to feeding the onboard electrical system.

The Wellingdorf is expected to enter service mid 2022.

With the previously delivered vessels and the vessels on order, SFK is renewing its current conventionally powered fleet. The replacement of the fleet is in line with the environmental goals set by SFK and the city of Kiel. The city aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 and expects shipping to play a major part in this shift.

In a statement released by Holland Shipyards Group, the company said: “We are committed to work towards a greener future for the maritime industry. Since the start of our green mission in 2010 we have learned the intricacies of building sustainable vessels that are perfectly optimised for their application. Our green mission is not only visible in the vessels we build, but also in the production process. Green vessels must be built sustainably. We truly believe that going green is not just an option; it is a necessity to leave a habitable planet for generations to come. And we commit to doing our part.”