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Maritime transport in the Baltic Sea to become greener with EU support

Creation date: February 18, 2015

The EU's TEN-T Programme will back with over €2 million the upgrade of two ferries navigating in the Baltic Sea to the mixed use of electricity and fuel. The new hybrid propulsion system will help to considerably reduce the environmental impact of ships, as well as secure the operability and stability of the vessels.


A new EU regulation requires all vessels travelling in European waters to cut down the emission of sulphur oxide (SO) from 2015 onwards to decrease environmental pollution.


This project will retrofit two ferries ensuring the link between Rødby (Denmark) and Puttgarden (Germany) with a hybrid propulsion system using electricity and fuel. Thanks to the most size-efficient bunker consumption, SOX and particle matter from ship exhaust gases will be reduced by up to 99% and 88%, respectively. Bunker consumption savings will result in about 15% less CO2 emissions.


The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call 2013, priority 'Motorways of the Sea'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.


The project is to be completed by December 2015.


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Project: 2013-EU-21010-P


The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.


The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.