Historic agreement on two fossil-free ferries

20/09/2021

Today Stena Line, Municipality of Frederikshavn and Port of Frederikshavn signed a historic agreement, where the parties committed to make the route between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg the first emission free ferry route of its kind in the world with two fossil-free Stena Elektra ferries.

Almost 90 percent of the world trade is carried out across the seas, where effective and environmentally safe passenger and cargo transportation is crucial for industry and society to grow and contribute to a greener future. An area where Stena Line, Municipality of Frederikshavn and Port of Frederikshavn wish to lead the way. Today on a press conference in Frederikshavn, the parties signed an agreement on speeding up the journey to a greener transportation sector with the introduction of two emission and fossil-free Stena Elektra ferries on the route between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg no later than 2030.

- Our ambition is to lead the development towards fossil-free shipping and environmentally safe transportation at sea. Stena Line has connected Denmark and Sweden across Kattegat since 1963, so today is a very special day. The fact that we can take this historic route today and lead it as long as possible into the future with the commitment of two Stena Elektra ferries, makes me especially proud, says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO at Stena Line.

Stena Line will reduce the total CO² emissions with 30% before 2030 and the new Stena Elektra ferries are a central piece on the way there. However, the ferries do not do it alone. To implement this project, which creates a fossil-free connection between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg, political support, the necessary framework conditions and not least partnership across the shipping industry is necessary. In this connection, Port of Frederikshavn commits to secure the necessary infrastructure at the port and in the hinterland.

- Port of Frederikshavn shares the high and green ambition for the ferry transportation, which makes the project possible. Likewise, the companies in town and the DNA show a unique ability to change, which also applies for the green transition. The fact that we over time make ourselves independent of the fossil-fuels on the Frederikshavn-Gothenburg route is not only a positive step for us, but for the entire Kattegat region, says Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, CEO at Port of Frederikshavn.

Great for Frederikshavn and for Denmark
The ferries will be the world’s first fossil-free RoPax vessels of this size and will measure 200 metres with a capacity of approx. 3,000 metres lane length for vehicles and lorries, and have a capacity of 1,000 passengers.

Amongst others, it started in 2018 with Stena Line’s investment in the battery-hybrid operation of Stena Jutlandica, which also sails the route and in total reduces the CO² emissions with 1,500 tons a year corresponding to 600 vehicles a year. Now the liner company, the town and the port commit to an environmentally safe connection between Denmark and Sweden through two Stena Elektra ferries.

The climate effort has been essential for the Municipality of Frederikshavn since 2007, where the town council adopted to visualize the common effort under its own brand “Energibyen”.

- Stena Elektra is a fantastic project for Frederikshavn. We know by experience that when the municipality leads, the industry and private people follow in the green footsteps. The relationship between our town and Stena Line is historically close, however this ambitious agreement is not only big for us – it influences all of Denmark, says Birgit Hansen, Mayor (S) of Municipality of Frederikshavn.

Facts about Stena Elektra:
•    Two fossil-free RoPax ferries
•    Route: Frederikshavn – Gothenburg
•    Introduction to the route latest 2030
•    Battery powered with a capacity of approx. 60-70 MWh with charge in port
•    Land infrastructure: Need for HVSC of approx. 30-40 MW
•    Crossing time: 3 hours with an hour turnaround/charging time
•    Length: Approx. 200 metres
•    Freight and vehicle capacity: Approx. 3,000 lane length
•    Passenger capacity: 1,000-1,500 passengers