Stena Line plans its first fossil fuel-free ferry operations by 2030
Ferry operator Stena Line, in collaboration with the Municipality of Frederikshavn, and the Port of Frederikshavn, Denmark, are committed to creating the world’s first major fossil-free ferry line operating between the Danish port and Sweden. Under the three-way deal, the ferry operator will launch large, battery-powered ferries while the port and local government have pledged to make the necessary investments onshore.
“Our ambition is to drive development towards fossil fuel-free maritime transport and sustainable sea transport. This is why we are investing in new technologies and various alternative fuels. We are already ten years ahead of the objective of the international shipping industry to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but with Stena Elektra we are taking another big step in the sustainable journey of Stena Line, on the path to a completely fossil fuel-free operation ”, said the CEO from Stena Line, Niclas Mårtensson, who is also a member of the Swedish Government’s Commission for Electrification.
The ferries, known as the Stena Elektra, are designed to be the world’s first large RoPax ships without fossil fuels. The design, which builds on Stena’s efforts that began in 2018, calls for a vessel approximately 656 feet long, capable of carrying 1,000 to 1,500 passengers and with a capacity of 3,000 meters of track. . Each ferry will be battery powered with a capacity of around 60-70 MWh. The crossing time would be around three hours with one hour stopover at the port, which includes time to recharge the vessel’s batteries. Sterna currently operates hybrid battery power on the Stena Jutlandica on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn line.
“The Port of Frederikshavn shares the high and green ambitions that make this project possible,” says Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, CEO of the Port of Frederikshavn. “The city has also shown that it has a unique capacity for change in its DNA, which is evident especially in its sustainability work. When we now take steps to make the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn line completely independent from fossil fuels, this is not only positive for us, but for the entire Kattegat region. “
The Port and Municipality of Frederikshavn are also committed to helping create a lasting connection between Sweden and Denmark with the two Stena Elektra vessels. Land-based infrastructure, such as sustainable charging facilities, must be developed in parallel, notes Stena. In the agreement, the port of Frederikshavn undertakes to secure the necessary infrastructure in the port and its surroundings on the Danish side.
Stena Line previously announced the Tranzero initiative, in collaboration with the Volvo Group, Scania and the Port of Gothenburg. The goal is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions linked to the port of Gothenburg by 70 percent by 2030. Coupled with the agreement with the municipality and the port of Frederikshavn, Stena said that this completes the chain by throwing the foundations of the world’s first fossil-free route for large ferries.