Stena Line, Frederikshavn Municipality, and the Port of Frederikshavn have signed an agreement to deploy two battery-powered Stena Elektra ferries on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route by 2030.
In doing so, and by making the necessary investments on shore, the companies aim to make the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn the world’s first fossil fuel free ferry line of its kind.
Stena Line has earlier launched the Tranzero Initiative together with the Volvo Group, Scania and the Port of Gothenburg. The aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to the Port of Gothenburg – the largest port in the Nordic region – by 70 per cent by 2030. This most recent agreement with the municipality and port of Frederikshavn completes the chain.
Stena Line aims to reduce its total carbon emissions with 30 per cent by 2030 and the new Stena Elektra ferries play an important role in getting there. However, it will take more than just battery powered vessels. Onshore infrastructure, such as sustainable charging facilities, must be developed in parallel. In this latest agreement, the Port of Frederikshavn commits to securing the necessary infrastructure in the port and its surroundings on the Danish side.
The ferries will be the world’s first fossil fuel free RoPax vessels their size, measuring approximately 200 metres, with a capacity of 3,000 lane meters and 1,000 passengers.
“Our ambition is to lead the development towards fossil fuel free shipping and sustainable transport at sea. That is why we are investing in new technologies and various alternative fuels. We are already ten years ahead of the international shipping industry’s target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but with Stena Elektra we are taking another big step on Stena Line’s sustainable journey, on the road to a completely fossil fuel free operation,” commented Stena Line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson, who is also a member of the Swedish Government’s Commission for Electrification.