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04 Juni 2021

Successful launch of the world's first zero-emission push boat

How can inland shipping within sensitive regions become CO2-neutral? InterGreen Nodes project partner Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH (BEHALA) has been working on this question for years. The idea involved developing an emission-free hybrid-electric powered canal push boat for use in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and between Berlin and Hamburg. In the lighthouse project ELEKTRA, the BEHALA created a significant milestone in the context of the climate policy targets of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Many things have happened since the keel was laid for the world's first zero-emission push boat in November 2019. The complex work of assembling and installing the relevant components up to floatability has been completed and BEHALA celebrated the successful launch of the "ELEKTRA" at the Hermann Barthel shipyard in Derben on 27. May 2021. Now the push boat will be further equipped and fitted out at the quay.

It is planned to carry out inspections and approvals by experts, surveyors and the inspection commission of the Waterways and Shipping Administration in the coming months, and thus to complete the construction and commissioning process.

If nothing more comes, the "ELEKTRA" can be transferred to its home port of Berlin Westhafen at the end of August in order to begin the testing of the transport carrier. The resulting findings will be evaluated in terms of their technical performance and environmental impact as part of InterGreen nodes in collaboration with the Technical University of Wildau. 

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Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-G. Lichtfuß
BEHALA – Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft mbH
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