• 2018 November 13 13:13

    HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries

    HH Ferries Group says it has officially inaugurated the two ferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe as the world’s largest battery-powered passenger ferries on the high-frequency route between Helsingborg and Helsingör.

    “Today’s official inauguration marks a milestone for HH Ferries Group’s green strategy. The ambitious project reduces the company’s total emissions of CO2, NOx and particles by 65% when the two high-frequency ferries are powered by green electricity. That is great news for the environment in and around Öresund and for customers and inhabitants in our local area. And it proves that determination and the will to invest enables the realization of grand targets – in the environmental area as well,” says Johan Röstin, CEO of HH Ferries AB.

    The battery project on Tycho Brahe and Aurora has lasted more than three years, and with a financial scope of around SEK 300 million, it is HH Ferries Group’s largest single investment ever. INEA, the European Union’s executive agency for innovation and network, has supported the project with around SEK 120 million, and the result has been ground-breaking in the maritime world in several ways.

    In each port, automatic land-based charging stations equipped with industrial robots perform the connection and maximizes the charging period to enable efficient charging of each vessel’s 640 batteries within a few minutes. The combined battery power of 8,320 kWh for the two ferries is equivalent to 10,700 car batteries. The batteries are located on top of the ferries along with two deckhouses for transformers, converters and cooling systems. From here, cables run to docking points at each end of the vessel, ensuring that the batteries can be charged swiftly and without complications at each docking – with the power of 70 electric cars.

    “It is a pioneer project we have completed, and even though it has been challenging, it has been worth the efforts. Our employees and collaboration partners have put in a huge amount of work to ensure that the new technology is efficient. Simultaneously, our owners and INEA have supported and displayed great trust in the project throughout the process. Today, it is the result of a joint effort that we can all be proud of and take part in celebrating. Tomorrow, we will share this joyous occasion with our passengers when all foot passengers are invited onboard all of our ferries between 10 am and 6 pm. And we are looking forward to many years of emission and noise-free crossings with Öresund’s floating bridge – to the benefit of us all,” says Johan Röstin.

    HH Ferries Group operates the Helsingborg-Helsingör ferry route, transporting up to 50,000 passengers and 9,000 cars across Öresund on a daily basis with departures every fifteen minutes. The five modern vessels on the route offer travelers a short travel time of 20 minutes and a pleasant break with the option of shopping at low prices and enjoying a wide selection of food and beverages onboard.

    The ferry route Helsingborg-Helsingör is the region’s floating bridge with the five vessels Aurora, Tycho Brahe, Hamlet, Mercandia IV and Mercandia VIII. The ferries are environmentally friendly and fitted with catalytic converters. Aurora and Tycho Brahe have now been converted to battery operation at a total investment of around SEK 300 million. INEA, the EU’s executive agency for innovation and network, supports the project with around SEK 120 million. In 2017, the ferry route Helsingborg-Helsingör transported 7.1 million passengers and 1.3 million cars, 428,000 trucks and 18,000 buses, corresponding to around 20% of the vehicles crossing Öresund1 . The route promotes integration and growth in the Öresund region, and is operated by 750 employees. It operates on a daily basis to ensure an efficient connection between Denmark and Sweden with a view of making travellers’ crossing as pleasant and efficient as possible. The route furthermore contributes to generating up to 2,000 jobs in the region. The ferry route is owned by the company HH Ferries AB, headquartered in Helsingborg. Johan Röstin is CEO of HH Ferries AB, which is owned by investment company First State Investments.




2019 February 20

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17:52 VNIIR-Progress St. Petersburg supplies electrical equipment for Atomflot icebreaker
17:28 Documents on concession model for Taman dry cargo area project to be submitted to RF Govt in March 2019
17:04 Cammell Laird stages ‘float-off’ for new £10m ferry for Red Funnel
16:46 VTMS, AIS and Pilotage Service on the Northern Sea Route to remain under Rosmorport’s control
16:25 NOVATEK eyes arranging LNG bunkering in Sabetta
16:04 Maersk enhances Asia-Europe network to further improve schedule reliability
15:43 Decision made on transfer of FSUE Hydrographic Company to Rosatom Corporation
15:21 Euronav sells LR1 Genmar Сompatriot
14:54 SIA Extron Baltic receives award for rapid growth in the Port of Riga
14:30 NOVATEK announces consolidated IFRS results for year ended 31 December 2018
14:02 COSCO SHIPPING Lines and Bolloré Transport & Logistics sign a MoU to develop new synergies
13:39 ABP partners with Grimsby-based Maritime Academy
13:15 Toll unveils new Australian ship
12:48 Increasing numbers of cruise ships making their maiden calls to Southampton
12:22 Transport Week 2019 welcomes Kalmar among its sponsors
12:01 First diesel-electric Damen Shoalbuster 3514 DP2, IMO Tier 3 ordered by Herman Sr
11:50 20 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 19-20
11:33 DP World acquires leading European transportation and logistics provider P&O Ferries
11:09 Port of Oakland to get three new cranes
10:47 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.02% to $56.44
10:35 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress kicks off in Moscow
10:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 635 points
10:00 IMO Secretary-General urges all aboard for GHG reduction
09:34 Baltiysky Zavod completed shaping ice belt of nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural of Project 22220
09:25 Keppel delivers jackup rig to Grupo R on sale and leaseback deal
09:15 FESCO new vessel starts working on a regular service among the ports of China and Far East of Russia

2019 February 19

18:03 San Vicente Terminal Internacional receives two state-of-the-art cranes to enhance operations
17:50 Throughput of port Kavkaz in Jan’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 1.82 million tonnes
17:26 Moody´s upgrades Hapag-Lloyd credit rating to B1
17:03 Jan De Nul's PDC and Bangladesh PPA to pick engineer services provider for Payra dredging project
16:29 TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL join forces to establish Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam-Corridor
16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
16:03 MOL conducts underwater drone demonstration test for vessel bottom inspection
15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
13:33 Ecochlor announces BWMS retrofit contract with Alaskan Tanker Company
13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
12:24 Social allocations of Multipurpose Reloading Complex grew by 22% YoY to RUB 3.8 million in 2018
12:01 Rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg up to 398,000 TEUs in 2018
11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
11:41 Port of Hamburg sets record for seaport-hinterland rail traffic in 2018
11:39 IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week
11:18 Concordia Damen celebrates naming of innovative Sendo Liner
11:15 ASCO hosted a training course for instructors
10:47 24 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 18-19
10:22 ABP bolsters business with paper company joining Port of Hull
09:58 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.42% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $56.19
09:40 BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 643 points

2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
17:36 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:41 MAN Energy Solutions launches new TCT turbocharger series
16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting