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Engines successfully deployed: News from the construction of the sustainable Rhenus inland waterway fleet

The construction of the new generation is progressing: The engines were installed in the "Rhenus Mannheim" at the beginning of the year. The flagship's apartment was removed for the installation. A crane then lifted in the two main propulsion engines and placed the apartment back on the ship as well as the wheelhouse. The technology used on the pushing barges ensures significantly lower emissions compared to conventional ships used in inland shipping.

After the engines were lifted into the "Rhenus Mannheim", the wheelhouse was also placed on the barge

The four generator sets and the associated switch cabinets for the electric drive were lifted on board at an earlier stage. The container rack for the hydrogen containers (H2 tankers) has already been installed on the foredeck, in which the four containers are placed as tanks for supplying the fuel cell with hydrogen. There are also 84 lithium-ion battery modules in each of the ships, which are still being fitted and electrically installed. At the same time, the expansion of the accommodation for the five crew members is continuing.

The Rhenus Group continues to pursue its concept for sustainable inland shipping by constructing a total of three coupling units. The three low-emission flagships combine lithium-ion batteries with state-of-the-art Stage VI engines for the first time, considering theirsize and performance. Additionally, the "Rhenus Mannheim", and later the "Rhenus Ludwigshafen", are equipped with a hydrogen-based fuel cell. The "Rhenus Wörth" is H2-ready and its engines can be upgraded with a hydrogen drive at a later date.

The new fleet generation can be partially operated and maintained by remote control. Thanks to an optimized weight distribution and a new type of drive concept, the ships have a good trim and are ready for operation from a draught of just 1.20 meters. This is Rhenus' response to the more frequent dry periods and the resulting low water levels on the Rhine as a future area of operation. By building this fleet generation, the Group demonstrates its commitment to innovative technology, sustainability and efficiency and is thus continuing to position itself for future challenges.

The container rack is already in place. The four containers are placed there, which serve as tanks for supplying the fuel cell with hydrogen