Sustainability of Carbon Ferries

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GRØN DYST 2014 Technical University of Denmark

Sustainability of Carbon Ferries
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Author:M.C.B. Dam (DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
N.B. Nielsen (DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2014-06-27     Track: Main     Session: 1

The main purpose of this study was to analyse the sustainability of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) ferries in Denmark. Sustainability of the composite shipbuilding industry has been determined by an interdisciplinary approach combining life cycle thinking with strategic models and methods. A comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis was made to assess the environmental impacts from a high speed catamaran ferry build in carbon fibre reinforced polymer versus a high speed catamaran ferry build in aluminium. Both catamaran ferries were capable of operating the same route between Harstad and Tromsø in Norway and were built in accordance to the high speed craft code. The hulls of the CFRP ferries were built in 2009-10 by a Danish shipyard Tuco Marine Group which has been the focus company in this case study.