Scandlines to install Norsepower’s Rotor Sail on hybrid ferry

Scandlines to install Norsepower’s Rotor Sail on hybrid ferry
Norsepower’s Rotor Sail will enable Copenhagen to use wind power and reduce her carbon emissions (Image: Norsepower)

Ferry operator Scandlines is to install Norsepower’s Rotor Sail on its hybrid ferry Copenhagen in 2020, which will further reduce her carbon emissions on the route between Germany and Denmark.

Having spent over €300 million (US$ 335 million) on the construction and conversion of hybrid ferries since 2013, Scandlines has invested in the Rotor Sail to further its efforts in becoming a more sustainable shipping operator. 

“By installing a Rotor Sail, we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the Rostock-Gedser route by 4-5%,” said Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, CEO of Scandlines.

The solution features a spinning cylinder which harnesses wind power to drive the ship forward. When wind conditions are favourable, it enables the electric propulsion thrusters to reduce the amount of fuel that flows into the engine, which cuts down the amount of carbon being released. It can also be used alongside other emission-saving technologies. 

“As a leading clean technology and engineering company, we are proud to be partnering with Scandlines as we work towards a modern era of auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime fleet, while supporting the shipping industry’s transition to a low-carbon future,” said Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower. 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
Thursday, August 15, 2019