Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has received a contract to deliver a complete propulsion and control system package for an upcoming Scandlines zero-emissions ship.

Upon completion, it is said that this ship will be the world’s largest all-electric double-ended ferry.

Designed by LMG Marin in Norway, the ferry will be built at Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard, in partnership with Scandline’s vessel-newbuild experts.

The new freight ferry is scheduled to commence operations in 2024.

It will be loaded with Azipull, Kongsberg’s pulling azimuth thruster, which will be provided with controllable pitch propellers, in an L-drive configuration, with a combined permanent magnet drive motor.

With a length of 147.4m, Scandlines’ new freight ferry will have the capacity to carry a maximum of 140 passengers and 66 cargo trucks at a speed of 16 knots.

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Kongsberg will also deliver its Mcon Propulsion & Thruster control system.

This solution will control and oversee the vessel’s propulsion and steering and provide an intuitive human-machine interface, allowing operators to keep track of important parameters.

The ship will provide services between Puttgarden, on the German island of Fehmarn, and Rødby, Denmark.

It will also have the ability to run as a hybrid ferry, with a capacity of 66 freight units.

In a statement, Kongsberg said: “Updating the infrastructure to support the new electric ferry and its planned successors is already in hand. The 50kV / 25MW power cable which Scandlines laid in Rødby harbour in 2019 is being extended to the ferry berths, where a transformer and charging station will also be installed.”

Charging facilities for the new ferry are also expected to be established in Puttgarden.

The ship will be built to fit the current berths in Rødby and Puttgarden.

Last June, NLNG Ship Management Limited selected Kongsberg Maritime to offer the patented JAWS (Just Add Water System) draught and trim optimisation software from Shell across its fleet.