German operator SFK takes supply of all-electric ferry outfitted with EST-Floattech’s Inexperienced Orca battery system


Dutch marine battery system provider EST-Floattech has delivered 1092 kWh of battery capability for brand new, all-electric ferry Wellingdorf in a contract with system integrator Holland Ship Electrical. The zero-emission vessel, the fifth in a sequence of six hybrid and full-electric vessels for Kiel-based tug and ferry operator SFK, was designed and constructed by Holland Shipyards Group. The final (hybrid) vessel Schilksee is predicted to be delivered early 2026.


Earlier this yr Holland Shipyards Group, in collaboration with Holland Ship Electrical and EST-Floattech, delivered the hybrid ferries Friedrichsort, Gaarden and WIK. The sequence of six additionally consists of the emission-free passenger ferry Dürstenbrook and is a part of SFK’s fleet renewal plan specializing in decrease environmental influence and upgraded providers.


This plan is tied to the Metropolis of Kiel’s environmental purpose of being CO2-neutral by 2050.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) contributed about 15% to the general development price as a part of Germany’s Clear Air program.

The Wellingdorf measures 24.7 x 7.2 m and might transport 140 pedestrians and 60 cyclists. As a result of cut up battery system, the vessel has redundancies and has no back-up energy offered by a diesel engine. As well as, the vessel additionally options an automatic, electric-hydraulic mooring system.

Whereas moored, the propulsion system doesn’t want energy, leading to even decrease power consumption. Additional, 20 photo voltaic panels are put in on its roof offering the onboard energy provide community.


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