Ferry duo floated out

'Berlin' and 'Copenhagen' take another step towards completion 'Berlin' and 'Copenhagen' take another step towards completion

Scandlines ferry newbuildings 'Berlin' and 'Copenhagen' have left drydock at Denmark’s Fayard for final fitting out, ending a unique conversion that began there last year, reports Tom Todd.

Scandlines said the two 169.5m ships, now some 700 tonnes lighter than when they arrived, had berthed at the outfitting quay after what the firm called “their transformation into two modern passenger ferries”.

Scandlines said much work still needed to be done before Berlin enters service in the second half of this year between Rostock and Gedser. The company did not however report when Copenhagen will be ready.

Over the last few months the ships have undergone an extensive mechanical revamp. Their Rolls-Royce 144A/5D-B-F fully-feathered propellers have been inspected along with their Azipull azimuthing propellers Type AZP120, also from Rolls-Royce, and their Promas Rolls Royce rudder plant. The ships’ Wärtsilä Lips FT 200H bow thrusters have also been examined. 

AEC Marine closed-loop scrubbers have been installed and the ships’ existing CAT/MaK 9M32CCR diesel engines removed. Scandlines spokeswoman Anette Ustrup Svendsen told The Motorship however those little used were being installed in two Scandlines ferries on the Puttgarten-Rødby route.

The engines are the original units installed at German yard P+S Werften after the ships were ordered there in 2010. The ships were later rejected as overweight, overdue and not to specification. After P+S went bankrupt in 2012, Scandlines bought them back cheaply and last year sent them to Blohm + Voss in Hamburg for rectification. It then changed its mind and moved them to Fayard.

The original diesels on the ships have now been replaced with Scandlines’ own battery-driven hybrid propulsion systems. Svendsen told The Motorship that Siemens Drive Technologies had delivered the Energy Storage System (ESS) and Corvus Energy the battery packs.

Drydocking also included re-painting the hulls and the restoration of the names the duo were originally given. The retention of those names now, had earlier been reported in doubt and were painted out when the ships left P+S Yards. 

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