Following on the previous delivery of a hybrid and fully electric ferry and a contract for three additional hybrid ferries ongoing, German ferry operator Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) has recently awarded an additional fully electric ferry to Holland Shipyards Group.
The design of the additional ferry, to be named Wellingdorf, is in line with the previously delivered vessel Düsternbrook. The ferry will measure 24.70m by 6.5 m and is completely emission-free. She will entirely be powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1,092 kWh. Besides the battery pack the vessel has 20 solar panels on the roof to contribute to feeding the on-board electrical system. The Wellingdorf is expected to enter service in mid-2022.
With the previously delivered vessels and the vessels on order, SFK is renewing their current conventionally powered fleet. The replacement of the fleet is in line with the environmental goals set by SFK and the city of Kiel. The city of Kiel aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 and expects shipping to play a major part in this shift.