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Stena Line reveals electric dream

[ February 4, 2021   //   ]

Stena Lines chief executive Niclas Mårtensson told a press conference in Gothenburg on 4 February that his company planned to start operating battery powered vessels on the 50-mile route between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn no later than 2030.

In an effort to speed up the transition to fossil-free fuels in the transport sector, Stena Line together with Volvo Group, Scania and the Port of Gothenburg have joined forces in the Tranzero Initiative collaboration which aims to cut emissions by 70% in the Port of Gothenburg by that date.

Stena said that it would present the outline specifications within a year and planned to order the first vessel by 2025 at the latest. The Stena Elektra will be the world’s first fossil free RoPax vessel of its size and will measure approximately 200 metres and combine a 3,000 lane metres freight capacity with a passenger capacity of 1,000.

The vessel will be charged in port.

Stena Line has operated the battery hybrid vessel Stena Jutlandica on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route since 2018, using battery power for manoeuvring and powering the bow thrusters when the ship is in port.

(Pictures: Stena Line/Peter Mild)