On 8 June, the world’s first commercial autonomous, electric passenger ferry will be launched in Stockholm.

Stockholm, Sweden, (8 June 2023) – On 8 June, the world’s first commercial autonomous, electric passenger ferry, Estelle, will be launched in Stockholm. The inauguration takes place on Norr Mälarstrand (Stuvaren 1), on 8 June starting at 1.30 pm.

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the EU, is grateful to earlier this year have been given the opportunity to support Zeabuz by investing to become a shareholder, and by that supporting this project. We see this as a big step of including waterborne mobility to the green urban mobility landscape. (READ Why we invested in Zeabuz? – Revitalizing Urban Waterways)

You are invited to attend the inauguration of the unique passenger ferry that will start operating in Ridderfjärden in central Stockholm this summer. It is equipped with advanced autonomy technology and will be operated autonomously in the future. There will be speeches and light refreshments at the event.


13.30                  Coffee and mingle at the quayside

14.00                  Welcome by Stein André Herigstad-Olsen, CEO of Torghatten AS.

14.05                  Karin Wanngård inaugurates the ferry line

14.15                  Speech by Erik Dyrkoren, CEO Zeabuz

14.20                  Speech by Martin Wendel, Director EIT Urban Mobility

14.25                  Speech by Tor Øyvind, Brødrerne Aa

14.30                  Christening of MF Estelle, Alexandra Olsson, EQT

14.35                  Opportunity for individual media interviews and photo opportunities



More about Zeam

Zeam is the world’s first commercial autonomous and electrified passenger ferry. The ferry will start operating on 12 June. MF Estelle is in place in Riddarfjärden and is currently optimising energy consumption and driving patterns. Initially, the ferry will have fewer departures, but eventually it will run every 15 minutes, 15 hours a day. The website zeam.se is continuously updated with more information. A ticket will cost 35 SEK and be valid for one hour. For students and pensioners, the ticket costs 20 SEK.

MF Estelle is equipped with advanced autonomous technology developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Initially there will be an operator on board, but in the future the ferry will be completely self-driving and monitored from land.The Norwegian shipping company Torghatten is behind the initiative. The ferry was built at the Brødrerne Aa shipyard in Hyen, Norway, and the autonomous technology is provided by the company Zeabuz.