Solar Ferry Suenje in Wolfsburg.

Reduction of CO2 Emissions

It is our goal to reduce CO2 emissions that are a direct or indirect result of our operations through specific measures over the course of the next years. A more efficient, “greener” operation of our vessels is thus the focus of our actions.

Innovative Propulsion Concepts

Our subsidiary Weiße Flotte is a pioneer in the field of alternative propulsion technologies. In 2014, Weiße Flotte introduced solar-powered electric ferries unique in Europe in Berlin and today runs four catamarans as one-man operations with magnetic mooring systems for Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) on the river Spree and on lakes around the capital. For the operation of the line F12 Grünau – Wendenschloss for instance, this means that about 40 % of the energy needed annually (as they operate all year round) is generated directly through solar radiation. During summer, the ferries‘ batteries still have 75 % of capacity remaining after 15 hours of shuttle service. Thus, we economize about 22,2 t of CO2 per vessel each year. Since 2015, two more solar-powered electric ferries complement the portfolio in the Autostadt Wolfsburg.

  • Solar ferry Aluna in Wolfsburg.
  • Fährbär in Berlin
  • Solarship Aluna in Wolfsburg
  • zero-emission
  • powered by renewable energy
  • cost-efficient
  • noiseless

Local & Regional

We attach importance to offer local and regional specialities aboard our ships as well as in our terminals. Our subsidiary Clipper Vacations sports a particularly rich offer of local products on their vessels as in the Clipper Café. Among other things, the product range includes well-known products like Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, pastries from Macrina Bakery, Cougar Mountain Cookies and coffee from the local roastery Caffe Vita. For years, Clipper Vacations has already achieved to reduce the „food miles“ – the necessary transportation of the food – to a minimum by consciously buying local products.

Simple Measures – Big Impact

The fleet of our Spanish subsidiary FRS Iberia has been painted with a new kind of underwater paint over the years. Today, all of the vessels’ hulls bear silicone paint. The desired effect? We could reduce our fuel consumption by 14 % on average and thus significantly reduce our CO2 emissions. Another measure has been the installation of reflective foil on windows and panoramic roofs of some of our vessels. Heat generation in the passenger areas could thus be reduced by up to 80 % through reduced solar radiation. Our air conditioning systems do no longer need to run on maximum performance during hot summer days. CO2 reduction at the expense of customer experience? Not at all! Panoramic views remain unspoiled and can still be enjoyed to the fullest!