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Background

Denmark has a long tradition for ferry building and operation. However European shipyards are severely threatened from competition from Asia. Recently a new ferry for a local Danish route was delivered from Bangladesh at around 15-20 percent less cost than local newbuilding price level, even if transport cost on the cargo deck of a heavy lift vessel is included.

Most regions where the ferries are operating in Denmark are already challenges by urbanization and the loss of jobs to larger city areas. Especially the smaller Danish islands are experiencing decrease in population and increase in average age.

At the same time higher oil prices and the requirement to reduce emissions from the energy consuming ferry operation has forced fares up and also impacted travelling time and departure frequency negatively. This again has compromised infrastructure and the communities' ability to battle the challenges to create new jobs and attract new citizens.

Population Aeroe

As it can be seen from the population graph above the Island of Aeroe in the Southern part of Denmark is indeed representing the mentioned challenges. Population is decreasing, jobs are moving away, ferry fares are increasing and ferry capacity has been reduced dramatically due to a tight economy.

In the beginning of 2013 a group of citizens on the Island of Aeroe came forward with an idea, a vision, for an improved ferry design and operation. Their original vision can be seen at www.greenferries.dk . The vision has now been inherited by a group of professional partners consisting of companies and institutions with leading maritime and engineering competences and with the geographical center of gravity in the Southern part of Denmark and on Aeroe.

The Green Ferry Vision feasibility study will be performed by this professional partnership. The study will analyze whether the ideas can be technically matured and how a solid business model can be applied to it.