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DFDS AIMS TO LAUNCH FIRST SUSTAINABLE SHIP BY 2025

DFDS AIMS TO LAUNCH FIRST SUSTAINABLE SHIP BY 2025

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 

Ro-ro and ro-pax operator DFDS says it is accelerating its climate action strategy in an effort to decarbonise the maritime sector sooner than expected, by launching its 'Project Green Vessel 2025' initiative.

The operator has for some time worked on development of a hydrogen ferry. Experience gained from this project will enable DFDS to accelerate part of its climate strategy related to newbuilds and retrofits.

To meet the new 2025 deadline, DFDS has formed Sustainable Fleet Projects, a new department tasked with decarbonising its vessels, starting with addressing urgent challenges regarding the development of the inaugural green vessel. The department’s work will initially revolve around three key topics: defining whether the vessel should be a new build or retrofit, defining which green fuel the ship should run on, and deciding which route it should be deployed on.

The company adds that green vessels alone are not enough. When entering ports and harbours the vessels will need to recharge at shore and this create new demands for ports and harbours. The development of this new infrastructure must begin now to be ready for the first green vessels.

DFDS is hosting a Bunker Workshop, inviting ports, authorities, and shipowners to begin discussion on how to bunker alternative fuels in the very near future.

“We must start somewhere - and as fast as possible - if we want to decarbonise the maritime sector and make a difference in the fight against climate change” said Jakob Steffensen, Lead Innovation responsible at DFDS and host of the Bunkering Workshop.

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