Scandlines prepares sister ferry Berlin for repeat Rotor Sail installation

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Following the successful installation of the Norsepower Rotor Sail on the hybrid ferry Copenhagen in 2020, and a year of proven results, Scandlines has prepared the sister ferry Berlin for its own Rotor Sail installation. Berlin is German-flagged and, like Copenhagen, operates on the Rostock-Gedser route.

Scandlines’ COO, Michael Guldmann Petersen, commented: “We expected the Copenhagen Rotor Sail to provide a 4 – 5% CO2 reduction. That expectation has been met, so we have now taken the next step and prepared the sister ferry M/V Berlin for installation.”

The Berlin operates the Rostock – Gedser route which is perfectly located to meet the requirement that gives the greatest benefit of the Rotor Sail for propulsion, namely that the wind must be perpendicular to the sail.

“Our route across the Baltic Sea is north/south bound, and the prevailing wind is from the west or east. In other words, our Rotor Sails have optimal conditions,” says the COO.

Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, said: “We are delighted that Scandlines is expanding its use of our Rotor Sail technology after achieving its CO2 emissions reduction targets on its first vessel, the Copenhagen. Our Rotor Sail technology is technically applicable to approximately 30,000 vessels in the current global fleet of ships and we hope that this is a further signal to ship owners and operators that confidence is growing in wind propulsion technology.”

The preparation for the Rotor Sail includes building a steel foundation on the ferry, on which the Rotor Sail will be fixed. The initial work took place when the Berlin was on a planned yard stay at Remontowa in Poland at the end of May. The installation of the Rotor Sail itself is scheduled for 2022.