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Two Scandlines ferries signed for the Gedser – Rostock route

  26.03.2010    

New vessels will double capacity from 2012. Total investment EUR 230 million.
In 2012 Scandlines will put two new ferries into service on the Gedser – Rostock route doubling the capacity.
The new ferries to be built by Volkswerft Stralsund offer a capacity for 460 cars or 90 trucks. The passenger capacity increases from 1,000 today to 1,500.
"We believe strongly in strengthening the axis between Copenhagen and Berlin – offering a more direct connection to Eastern and Central Europe that is attractive to our customers in terms of time, distance and fuel economy. Hence, we will do our outmost to develop the Gedser-Rostock route into a veritable traffic machine before the Fehmarn Belt bridge is completed. It is with great pleasure that our company – for the first time since 1997 – introduce new-built vessels on one of our routes", says John Steen Mikkelsen, COO.
The two new ferries and the planned extension of harbour facilities represent an investment totalling EUR 230 million.
The new vessels replace "Kronprins Frederik" and "Prins Joachim" built in 1980.
The newbuildings will optimally utilize the dimensions in the harbour of Gedser. The hulls of the ferries are precisely adapted to the requirements of the passage, but also to the floor conditions in the ports and on the open sea. The bunker consumption and the emissions will be reduced as far as possible – a clear advantage for the efficiency and the environment. The propulsion system of the vessels allows adaptation to LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) as bunker.
The optimum functioning of logistic on land is a significant success factor for the project. Disembarkation and embarkation is to last maximum 15 minutes despite the doubling of capacity. The plans therefore also include new ferry piers with ramps in Rostock and Gedser.


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