As part of German/ Danish ferry operator Scandlines’ ambitious environmental strategy, a new hybrid ferry will join the world’s largest fleet of hybrid ferries, utilizing a low emission and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System).
The M/V Berlin is the fifth Scandlines hybrid ferry to utilize a Corvus ESS. This new hybrid ferry will service the crossing between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark. The M/V Berlin is 169.5m long and 25.4m wide, providing double the capacity for vehicles (460 cars or 96 transport trucks), and the modern, spacious onboard facilities have enough space for 1,300 passengers. The main engines provide an output of 15,800kW, of which 6,000kW can come from the Corvus ESS. This results in a speed of 20.5 knots on the 2-hour long crossing.
It uses an optimized propulsion system consisting of propellers and two thrusters, which can be rotated through 360 degrees and are used in narrow waterways or during maneuvers in port.
Energy-saving solutions are utilized wherever possible to reduce the amount of energy required to run the vessel, including LED lighting throughout and variable-frequency control. When consumption is lower, excess energy is stored in the Corvus ESS. This energy is then released when consumption is higher than generator production.
Beyond the hybrid propulsion system, the vessel has also been designed for efficiency, with a hull that is CFD optimized for the sea depths between Rostock and Gedser.
By Jake Frith