While working on the construction of the first hybrid ferry for Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK), the keel laying for the second, fully electric, ferry took place on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at Holland Shipyards Group’s yard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, The Netherlands.

The vessel will operate within the area of Kiel, between Reventlou and Wellingdorf and has a capacity of 140 pedestrians and 60 bicycles. It is expected to enter service at the end of 2020. The project is supported by the German state department of traffic and digital infrastructure as part of the clean-air-program.

In May 2019, SFK awarded Holland Shipyards Group the design and delivery of a new ferry, named Gaarden. During the construction of this first ferry, SFK opted for the design and delivery of a second ferry, named Düsternbrook. Both vessels are part of the long-overdue regeneration of the city’s passenger fleet. Opting to build this second ferry at Holland Shipyards Group is in line with the ambition of the city of Kiel to ensure consistency in their fleet, and also fits perfectly within its goals to provide zero-emission public transport in the area of Kiel.

This fully-electric ferry, 24.70m LOA and 6.50m beam, is completely emission-free and entirely battery powered. Besides the battery pack, the vessel also has 20 solar panels on the roof to provide the onboard power supply network so hotel loads do not adversely affect the range.

The ferry also features an automated mooring system using mooring hooks in both sides of the ship. The mooring system, which is one-man operated, is easily controlled from the wheelhouse. While mooring, the engine is not in use, resulting in further reductions in energy consumption.

By Jake Frith

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