First electric powered ferry to Ærø in 2017
The abolition of electricity tax for ships over 500 gross tons have made electric powered ferries profitable. A new project will add four electric ferries to Ærø instead of the three regular ferries sailing there today. The first electric ferry is expected to be operational in 2017, and the rest by 2021. Ærø will save 50 percent in energy for ferry operations.
"It provides a more flexible ferry services, it will be 50 percent cheaper in energy costs, and that means an overall decline in Ærø CO2 emissions of 25 percent per year" says Henrik H. Mikkelsen from Green Ferry Vision.
The plan is that the current ferry Skjoldnæsholm from 2017 will be replaced by an electric ferry that can transport 30 cars, and where the passengers will sit as they would in an aircraft. There will be less room, but in return the trip will go faster.
Søby Shipyard will be in charge of building the new ferries, and the hull of the ferries will likely be built in steel.
"We're not going to see vessels not engaged in regular service, with electric power. The first small ferries are in operation in Stockholm and in Norway; but they travel short distances between charging stations" says Henrik H. Mikkelsen.
Faaborg Shipyard has produced an electric ferry named "Sjövägen" for Stockholm, and Faaborg Shipyard is expecting to receive more orders for electric ferries from Stockholm.
"In the future we hope that many more countries will invest in energy efficient ferries" adds Henrik H. Mikkelsen.
Source: Søfartens Ledere