As the Puttgarden-Rødby 2024 (PR24) vessel continues to be built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, Scandlines has provided an update outlining the multitude of technologies being used to ensure the zero direct emission ferry can serve the Fehmarn Belt in the Baltic Sea in a sustainable manner.
Leclanché, a Switzerland-based battery manufacturer, has announced that it has started to manufacture what is claimed as a record-breaking battery bank for the PR24. With a total installed capacity of 10MWh, it will be the largest lithium-ion battery installation on a ferry so far.
The PR24, which is scheduled to begin operations in 2024 on a route between Puttgarden and Rødby, will be capable of charging in 17 minutes in Rødby using a 25MW power cable which Scandlines installed in 2019. In spring 2023, Scandlines plans to extend the cable a further 1.2km to a new transformer station between ferry berths 2 and 3, with work estimated to be completed in summer 2023.
Scandlines’ new ferry will complete the crossing in 70 minutes, completely emission-free. Alternatively, the vessel can be operated as a hybrid if needed, cutting the crossing time to 45 minutes. To make this possible, the PR24 will have three gensets (consisting of a diesel engine and a generator) installed on board for power production.