At the end of last year, HASYTEC’s Ultrasound DBP System was put into operation on Scandlines’ hybrid ferry, Berlin. As a result, the Danish-German shipping company improves its environmental performance further and manifests its role as a pioneer in terms of green ferry operation.
The complete seawater cooling system on Scandlines’ hybrid ferry Berlin is now equipped with the HASYTEC Dynamic Biofilm Protection System. The installation on the sister vessel Copenhagen is currently in progress. The HASYTEC DBP System has been available on the market since 2016 and is now successfully in operation on different types of vessels and industries. In 2017, HASYTEC received two awards, namely the Environmental Performance Award and the Maritime Innovator Award, for its anti-fouling system, based on an innovative ultrasound working principle.
With these installations on its vessels Scandlines, a pioneer within green ferry operation, strengthens the company’s own environmental policy. At the same time, the installation optimizes the seawater cooling systems during summer, when the temperature of the Baltic Sea is increasing and the ferries are sailing at a higher speed due to the large number of customers. In addition to increased operational safety, the reduction in maintenance has a positive impact on the environment.
“Conventional ICAF systems release copper, which belongs to the family of heavy metals, into the oceans. Our system will make these systems obsolete,” explains Andreas Hoffmann, Managing Director HASYTEC group.
Anette Ustrup Svendsen, Head of Corporate Communications at Scandlines, emphasizes: “We really do welcome the combination of operating advantages and the positive impact on the environment. The continuous improvement of the environmental performance of our fleet belongs to the most important goals on Scandlines’ green agenda.”
The hybrid ferries Berlin and Copenhagen, which combine traditional diesel propulsion with electric propulsion, have operated on the route Rostock-Gedser since 2016. The two ferries are the largest hybrid ferries in the world. Their capacity is 1,300 persons and 460 cars or 96 lorries each. Since their deployment, Scandlines has achieved double-digit growth rates on this route.