With the previous delivery of a hybrid and fully electric ferry and a contract for three additional hybrid ferries ongoing, Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) has recently awarded an additional fully electric ferry to Holland Shipyards Group.

Previously delivered vessel 'Düsternbrook'

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 6,50m and is completely emission-free. She will entirely be powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1.092kWh. Besides the battery pack the vessel has 20 solar panels on the roof to contribute in feeding the on-board electrical system.

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. Replacing the fleet adds great value to this and Holland Shipyards Group is proud to contribute.

Holland Shipyards Group states that it is committed to working towards a greener future for the maritime industry. Since the start of the company’s ‘green mission’ in 2010 it says it has learned the intricacies of building sustainable vessels that are perfectly optimised for their application. The yard’s green mission is not only visible in the vessels, but also in the production process. Green vessels must be built sustainably.

The Wellingdorf is expected to enter service mid 2022.

By Jake Frith