Keel laying for electric ferry completed

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Keel laying for the second Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) fully electric ferry took place this week at Holland Shipyards Group’s yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands. 

In May last year, SFK awarded Holland Shipyards Group for the design and delivery of a new ferry, named Gaarden. During the construction, SFK opted for the design and delivery of a second ferry, named Düsternbrook. Both vessels are part of the re-generation of the city’s passenger fleet.  

The fully-electric ferry will measure 24.7 meters with a width of 6.5 meters and will be 100% emission-freeentirely powered by battery power. The vessel also features 20, roof mounted solar panels to provide the on-board power supply. 

The ferry also features automated mooring system with mooring hooks in both sides of the ship. The mooring system, which is one-man operated, is controlled from the wheelhouse. While mooring, the engine is not in use, resulting in a reduction in energy consumption. 

The vessel will operate within the area of Kiel, between Reventlou and Wellingdorf and has a capacity of 140 pedestrians and 60 bicycles. It is expected to enter service at the end of 2020. The project is supported by the state department of traffic and digital infrastructure of the German government as part of the clean-air-program. 

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