The European Council has approved an extension of the Danish scheme for reduced charges for shore power for ships until June 2027.
ow, ferries can continue to charge batteries and draw electricity to the systems on board at a low price.
We are always concerned about how we can reduce local air pollution from shipping and push for the green transition in general, and therefore I am pleased that it is now ensured that the ferries that currently run on batteries can continue to use electricity instead of fuel
said Jacob K. Clasen, vice president. director of Danske Rederier.
Batteries are now being chosen more among the Danish ferries, as ForSea has sailed with electricity between Helsingør and Helsingborg for several years, while Scandlines sail with a mixture of battery and fuel on their hybrid fleets.
For this reason, the Climate Partnership for Blue Denmark recommended that the government make the roll-out and strengthening of the electricity grid in Danish ports a national priority.
If we are to have electrified the ferry operation to an even greater extent, then it requires large investments on land. One can not just pull an extension cord from the ferry up to the nearest power stand, it requires a completely different capacity. With the Council’s decision to extend the system of tax exemption for shore-side electricity, it makes sense to continue to go that route
noted Jacob K. Clasen.