The new Scandlines hybrid ferry »Copenhagen« is powered by the Corvus Energy Lithium Ion Energy Storage System (ESS). It is the sixth Scandlines hybrid ferry to utilize a Corvus ESS.
This new hybrid ferry will soon join its sister ship »Berlin«. This vessel is also powered by a Corvus ESS, in servicing the crossing between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark. »Copenhagen« is 169.5m long and 25.4m wide, providing double the capacity for vehicles (460 cars or 96 transport trucks). The modern, spacious onboard facilities have enough space for 1,300 passengers. The main engines provide an output of 18,000 kW, with a further 4,500 kW available from the Corvus ESS. This results in a speed of 21 kn on the 1-hour 45 minutes long crossing.
Environmentally friendly technology
According to Scandlines the »Copenhagen« is environmentally friendly by utilizing technologies that increase fuel savings, significantly reduce emissions and greatly improve on-board energy efficiency. It uses an optimized propulsion system consisting of Rolls-Royce propellers and two thrusters, which can be rotated through 360 degrees. These are used in narrow waterways or during maneuvers in port. On the emissions front, the vessel has four scrubbers, supplied by ABC Marine, which remove harmful substances from the exhaust gases such as sulphur oxides and fine particles.
Today the ferry has started sea trials. During the five-day test drive, the ferry’s maneuverability is to be tested, both under standard conditions and in exceptional circumstances. After that, the »Copenhagen« will return to the Danish Fayard shipyard, where the last adjustments could be done before the ferry will take the route to Rostock-Gedser.