Diesel-powered Danish ferry refuelled with 6,000 litres of gasoline

Two ferry departures bound for the Danish island of Samsø were cancelled while gasoline was pumped out of the vessel’s diesel tank due to a refuelling error.

Diesel-powered Danish ferry refuelled with 6,000 litres of gasoline
The Samsø Ferry. File photo: News Øresund - Johan Wessman/Flickr

A situation many motorists have cursed over the years also became reality for operators of a Danish ferry on Tuesday.

A wrong button pressed the driver of a fuel tanker resulted in thousands of litres of gasoline being poured into the diesel-driven Samsø Ferry at the harbour in the town of Hou, reports DR Østjylland.

Two departures were subsequently cancelled while 48,000 litres of fuel – 42,000 litres of diesel plus 6,000 litres of gasoline – were pumped out of the ship’s fuel tank.

The embarrassed driver of the fuel truck alerted the ferry’s crew to the error, Carsten Kruse, director of ferry operator Samsø Rederi, told DR Østjylland.

“If it had got into the system and into the engine, it would have been really bad. The engine is not designed to sail on petrol, only natural gas and diesel. So it is very, very good that the petrol didn’t get into other places,” Kruse said.

The fuel supplier will cover losses sustained by the ferry operator as a result of the blunder, according to the report.

The ferry serving the island of Samsø – a community that prides itself on its use of sustainable energy – uses primarily natural gas, but also runs on ten percent diesel, mainly during harbour manoeuvres, writes DR Østjylland.

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New route between Sweden and Denmark announced

Good news for anyone in the Øresund region this summer: a new route between Sweden and Denmark is set to open, as a ferry designed to carry cyclists between the two bike-mad nations is trialled during the warmer months.

New route between Sweden and Denmark announced
Photo: Scanpix

The ferry will run across the Øresund strait between Dragør near Copenhagen to Limhamn, west of Malmö city centre.

Dragør’s municipal council last week gave the green light to allow a shipping company to run the pilot project, which will ferry cyclists across the strait in the historic M/S Elephanten, a converted shipping boat built in 1940. It will hold 36 passengers, with the journey taking about one hour to complete.

“It’s very exciting for Dragør, if all the practicalities fall into place. Now we have the chance to present Dragör as a central cycling destination close to Copenhagen, and I’m sure we will see a greatly increased amount of new visitors,” Dragør’s mayor Eik Dahl Bidstrup said in a press release.

When the ferry starts operating this summer it will bring back memories of the days when car-carrying catamarans travelled between the two towns before they were rendered obsolete by the opening of the Øresund Bridge in 2000.

The idea of launching a new cycle ferry on the route was originally conceived for the summer of 2016, but a suitable vessel was not found on time. The new ferry will run for an initial trial period between June and August.

Bikes can also be taken on the passenger trains across the Øresund Bridge, though cyclists must pay the equivalent of a child’s ticket for their bike.