Ferry to be equipped with rotor sail
Sandlines announced that it has signed an agreement with Norsepower to install the company's Rotor Sail Solution onboard the "Copenhagen" which is operating between Rostock and Gedser. The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship, according to a press release. It is the first data-verified and commercially operational auxiliary wind propulsion technology for the global maritime industry. When wind conditions are favorable, it enables the electric propulsion thrusters and center propel to be throttled back, reducing emissions – while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Preparations for the retrofit will take place in November 2019 with the installation scheduled for Q2 2020 as the ship will be retrofitted with one large-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 30m in height and 5m in diameter. Scandlines hoped by installing a Rotor Sail to reduce CO2 emissions on the Rostock-Gedser route by four to five per cent.
Scandlines temporarily halts the operation of ferry service from Gedser to Rostock due to Storm Grischa
Storm Grischa on Saturday led to first failures in the ferry connections on the Baltic Sea. The Rostock-Gedser ferry line from the Scandlines temporarily halted the operation on Saturday. The ferry "Copenhagen" remained in Gedser port. The sistership "Berlin" is waiting in Rostock on the ferry terminal to improve the weather. The Scandlines ferries of the Vogelfluglinie as well as the ferries in Kiel and Lübeck still continue on schedule.
Scandlines ferries sidelined and searched due to bomb threat
In the afternoon of June 7, 2017, the "Schleswig Holstein" went back on the track as the first ferry of Scandlines which had temporarily suspended traffic between Germany, Denmark and Sweden due to an unspecified bomb threat by telephone. The ship was sailing without passengers and cars. Shortly thereafter the "Deutschland" from Rødby arrived. In Gedser the "Berlin" started sailing again. Both the route Puttgarden - Rødby and Rostock - Gedser were affected. In Puttgarden the ferries "Kronprins Frederik", which is used for dangerous goods, and "Prins Richard" were held in the port. They had already been unloaded and were searched in the course of the afternoon for explosives. The Danish police cleared ferries in Rødby and Gedser for safety reasons. They had got a clue that made it necessary to investigate the ferries in the two ports. The passengers had left the ferries sailing between Rødby and Puttgarden on Fehmarn as well as Gedser and Rostock. The eviction took place quietly and without drama. The "Copenhagen" was sidelined in Rostock by late afternoon, and the "Deutschland" remained at the quay in Rødby in Denmark, the Lübeck police said. She and the "Prinsesse Benedikte" were temporarily unable to leave port because of the situation. The water police Travemünde established a steering committee and was examining further measures in close cooperation with the Danish counterparts. In Puttgarden traffic was massively affected. Until the evening all rail connections were canceled. Cars and trucks were standing in long queues at the ferry terminal and on the evasive parking lots, which were almost completely occupied.Upload News