Loading record in Vlaardingen

Vlaardingen terminal

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the ships left Vlaardingen fully loaded. The many trailers caused delays on the roads leading to the terminal.

In Vlaardingen, they really look forward to welcoming Flandria Seaways, the fifth of the new mega freight ferries. She is scheduled to arrive from China at the end of September.

She is needed because volumes seem to be building up for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December, and this gave her sister, Hollandia Seaways, a great chance to prove the value of the huge capacity.

On Tuesday this week, Humbria left Vlaardingen for Immingham with some 435 trailers on board – the highest number of trailers ever loaded on a ship in Vlaardingen. And the following day, pressure was such that trailers were left behind when Gardenia departed the port fully loaded with 260 trailers.

“Pressure was so great that we couldn’t get all the trailers through the terminal in time so departure was delayed, and I heard that it caused a slow-down of traffic on the motorway leading to the terminal,” says Jacob Andersen, Managing Director of the Ferry Division in Vlaardingen.

Jacob Andersen

“I am very pleased that we get those big ships as we really need them now, and I am confident that the challenge of getting the trailers through the terminal will be solved when we get our new, modern gate and we complete the expansion of the terminal area.”

“I am very pleased that we get those big ships as we really need them now, and I am confident that the challenge of getting the trailers through the terminal will be solved when we get our new, modern gate and we complete the expansion of the terminal area.”

“We couldn’t have done this without the extraordinary efforts of my colleagues in Vlaardingen, at the gate, in the terminal, in the booking department and on board – in fact everywhere.”

Freight grows on Frederikshavn – Oslo

Few routes have been as hard hit by COVID-19 as those between Denmark and Norway. Now it is evident that the decision to include Frederikshavn in our sailings between Copenhagen and Oslo was a wise one: Even though business continues to be challenged, week 36 exceeded last year’s freight result for the route, and September may be the first full month to do so too. And this is due mainly to our success in attracting freight volumes to our new Frederikshavn – Oslo leg.

“This was done in fierce competition with other transport corridors so a warm thank you to our operations colleagues in Copenhagen, Oslo and on board for delivering customer services that make the difference,” says Lars Kristian Haugen, Freight Manager for the route.

Last Tuesday, we even had a milestone worth celebrating: 1,000 units were shipped to/from Frederikshavn.

A lot of hard work has been put into developing sales and creating cross-selling across the network. With strong support from Erik Jisland in Gothenburg, Christian V Pedersen in Denmark and Thomas Ipsen in Germany, we have already attracted major new customers and see potential for breaking records in the future,” says Lars.

Kasper Hægeland Svenningsen, Managing Director of Ferry in Norway, says: “Thank you to everyone on the route, ashore and aboard, for taking such good care of our customers. Thanks also for great sales and booking numbers and for helping us fully utilise the capacity of the ships at peak departure times. Creativity and collaboration have been great tools for achieving this.”

Kim Heiberg, Route Director, says: “It is great to see freight moving in the right direction at a time when we are really challenged, and I am extremely pleased to be part of a passenger and freight team that accomplishes the impossible for the benefit of the route.”

Karlshamn prepares for the new ferry

The vision picture shows the port of Karlshamn after the expansion of the ferry port. Picture from Port of Karlshamn.

230-meter-long, a load capacity of 4,500 lane meter and 600 passengers. These are some of the specifications that make our two upcoming freight and passenger ferries from Guangzhou in China the largest of their type to have regularly operated the Baltic Sea. In summer 2021, the first ferry will be set in service and the Port of Karlshamn are already preparing for the arrival with a major investment of SEK 156million.

Per-Henrik Persson, Route Director in Karlshamn, says: “The Port is currently undergoing extensive construction of berths with extra capacity and 30-meter-wide ramps that are required to accommodate this large ferry. When the project is completed, the port will have three ferry berths, two of which have capacity for the new ferries”

“Every day, we follow the construction progress while working hard to operate the daily traffic without disruption despite dredgers, construction barges and other things in the same harbor basin. However, our colleagues in Karlshamn and on board the ships are taking this with great spirit and we are eagerly counting the days till the new ferry arrives in the Baltic network for the first time”

70% freight capacity increase on Immingham-Cuxhaven service

Our Immingham-Cuxhaven freight liner service is back to five weekly departures. We have also placed a second vessel on this route between the UK and Germany due to an increase in car volumes and freight. We transport all types of freight on this route; project cargo, driver-accompanied freight units, lift units and bulk cargo on roll trailers.

Welcome Belgia Seaways
As of July 6, Belgia Seaways joined Petunia Seaways on the route, increasing the overall freight capacity by more than 70%. Belgia Seaways was recently fitted with a new internal ramp but has not yet been dressed in DFDS colours.

“We are very pleased to get back to normality and offer an almost daily shipping option to our customers, “says Route Director Ortolf Barth.

Check out the July schedule

First new freight customer from Frederikshavn

On Thursday 25 June, we had the first sailing from Frederikshavn to Oslo with Crown Seaways. A day of celebration. Not only the passengers were looking forward to the reopening with the new additional call in Frederikshavn but also the Freight market had been waiting in anticipation.

Kasper Svenningsen, Managing Director, Ferry Norway, says: “We have received a lot of requests on the new Frederikshavn-Oslo route resulting in many new quotations and agreements. The very first booking was made by our new customer, DS Stålkonstruktion AS, who we welcomed on board on the first crossing.”

DS Stålkonstruktion handles the production of steel constructions from the drawing board to installation at the building site. However, they also do their own logistics operating specialized trucks with cranes that can carry overlength dimensions up to a total of 30-35 meters.

“It was a great pleasure to welcome Torben Larsen, Assembly Manager from DS Stålkonstruktion. He had taken the time outside of the office to personally drive the first truck on board in Frederikshavn and he was also the first Freight customer driving ashore in Oslo. On the crossing we had the opportunity to discuss freight and logistics, sharing knowledge and setting the scene for the future cooperation” says Kasper.

If you, like DS Stålkon need freight transportation between Frederikshavn and Oslo, feel free to visit this page for more info.

From left: Torben Larsen, Assembly Manager, DS Stålkonstruktion, and Kasper Svenningsen, Managing Director, Ferry Norway

Torben Larsen driving the first truck on board Crown Seaways in Frederikshavn


Denmark – Oslo: We are back

Crown Seaways leaving Copenhagen for the first time in more than three months

Sunny weather, happy people on the sundeck, and a shining blue and white Crown Seaways departing at 14:00 marked the re-opening of our Copenhagen-Oslo route.

DFDS served champagne to the guests at departure, and later tonight when Crown leaves Frederikshavn, Commercial Head René Juul and his staff will invite the Frederikshavn guests for a glass before midnight. Tomorrow they will serve champagne on the sun deck for all passengers sailing out of Oslo at 12.00.

Media were also well represented, with Captain Jens Knudsen in a live radio transmission while underway to Frederikshavn. In Frederikshavn, the city’s mayor Birgit Hansen will enter the ship along with Vice President Kasper Moos and media to welcome Crown and DFDS to Frederikshavn.

The lucky customer having made the very first booking was upgraded to a luxury Owner’s Suite cabin which was probably a very nice surprise for him.

We will be back with more information tomorrow when we have pictures from the event.

Today 25 June is the Day of the Seafarer

For the past 10 years, IMO (International Maritime Organization) has encouraged to celebrate the seafarers all around the world on 25 June. This year they deserve the praise more than ever.

Michael Stig, Designated Person, Marine Standards, says: “During the corona crisis, seafarers have been playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods such as food and medical supplies, and it has indeed been a difficult time for them. Many seafarers have been away from home for months and don’t even know when they will be able to get home due to travel restrictions.”

Being a caring employer is one of the two main themes of DFDS’ CSR strategy, and in tune with this Michael Stig and Jesper Hartvig Nielsen recently kicked off the Safety First programme that intends to increase safety for seafarers and staff working on terminals.

“Being a seafarer can be a difficult and from time to time risky job. Let’s all send kind thoughts to all seafarers throughout the world today and acknowledge their sacrifices and the vital role they play in keeping the world trade moving,” says Michael.

Watch this video with the general secretary of IMO and learn more about the Day of the Seafarer.


Cuxhaven starts using LOT trestles

Petunia Seaways and a row pre-tresled trailers.

Petunia Seaways operating on Cuxhaven – Immingham is hoping to experience faster turnarounds because of one significant change – new trestles.

When uncoupled trailers are loaded onto our vessels, they need trestles to support the front of the trailer to minimise the risk of collapse. Earlier this year, Cuxhaven received the more efficient and safer LOT trestles to replace the conventional ones.

A DFDS trailer with a trestle connected. The truck is free to move and place the trailer without needing to disconnect the trestle.

Less lashing, no need to manually position the trestles and the possibility to pre-trestle trailers are expected to reduce the time required to load or unload the vessel. In addition, it also saves space on board as it requires less lashing equipment and conventional trestles on decks. Furthermore, they improve safety as they are stronger and locked to the trailer.

Reefers and trailers supported by the new trestles

Successful and smooth implementation
Karsten Ihlemann, Terminal Manager in Cuxhaven, says: “We managed to successfully implement the LOT system. Thank you to the Equipment Centre, our colleagues from the terminal in Immingham and our partner Rhenus Cuxport, as well as the crew of Petunia Seaways for a job well done.”

Ortolf Barth, Route Director, says: “We are happy with this change. However, we are also looking forward to the change to the SAT system. This enables the trestle to fully connect with the vessels, if the conditions here in Cuxhaven allow it.”

Nick Forsyth, Head of Equipment, Fleet Management, says: “Even with the restriction of coronavirus, this changeover ran smoothly. The Equipment Centre team, whilst working remotely, had great collaboration with the Cuxhaven Route Office, both terminals in Immingham and Cuxhaven, the Petunia Seaways crew and our third party workshops in the UK and Sweden. Additionally, thanks should be given for the support from the Vlaardingen team who welcomed the extra challenge of their revised trestle allotments to assist neighbouring routes and make this change possible.”

Enhanced management focus in Channel and Passenger

New Head of BU Channel will be Filip Hermann, who will take over from Kasper Moos when he moves back to Denmark to lead the new BU Group Passenger, including the Copenhagen – Oslo, Frederikshavn – Oslo and Amsterdam – Newcastle routes.

DFDS has decided to revert to the previous structure and split BU Short Routes & Passenger into BU Group Passenger under continued management of Kasper Moos and BU Channel under the management of Filip Hermann. This will ensure stronger management proximity of those two major businesses. The split will take place in October when Kasper moves back to Denmark with his family

By Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of Ferry Division

In the Ferry Division, we have decided to split BU Short Routes & Passenger into two separate units: BU Group Passenger and BU Channel. This will be effective as of 1 October when Kasper Moos returns to Denmark after four years in the UK as Head of BU Channel and later of BU Short Routes & Passenger.

Following the suspension of our two cruise routes, the restart requires undivided managerial attention and the same applies to our three routes on the Channel, that in addition to restarting the tourist business also must deal with the impacts of Brexit.

When Kasper leaves Dover during September, he will be replaced by Filip Hermann, VP and Head of Strategy & Consulting. Filip will move to the UK with his wife Clara and young son Maximilian and work from BU Channel’s office in Whitfield.

Filip studied law at the University of Copenhagen and worked as an attorney-at-law. He also holds an MBA from the University of San Diego. He came to DFDS in October 2017 as new Head of Strategy & Consulting from a management position with Boston Consulting Group. At BCG Filip worked with some of the biggest companies and public sector authorities in Europe and the Middle East, in particular within the shipping industry. This has prepared him well for his tasks at DFDS where he has made Strategy & Consulting a key player in the group’s work with our Win23 strategy, new challenges such as Brexit and a great number of efficiency projects as well as becoming a vital partner for the Executive Management Team. With this solid background, Filip will become a valuable addition to the Ferry Management Team.

I am confident that we have succeeded in finding the very best to take over from Kasper who has been a remarkable and efficient leader of BU Channel and a great representative of DFDS in the UK. He has dealt with colleagues, ports, competitors, authorities and governmental institutions in a very professional way.

I am looking very much forward to continuing working with Kasper restarting our Amsterdam – Newcastle and Copenhagen – Oslo routes, launching our new Frederikshavn – Oslo route and bringing  the BU Group Passenger (known among its friends as BUGP) on the final stretch towards its goal of being an efficient organisation for passenger activities throughout the network.

Massive amount of steel handled in Brevik

On 19 May, M/V Gerda delivered more than 1,000 tonnes of construction steel at the North Sea Terminal in Brevik, Norway. The huge amount of steel was unloaded onto mafi trailers and transported to the storage facility at the terminal, from where it will gradually be sold and delivered to ongoing construction and building projects.

Thorbjørn Aasig Lund, North Sea Terminal Director, says: “This delivery is part of a new contract to handle and store up to 12,000 tonnes spread over potentially 12 calls on a yearly basis

“These volumes previously went via the terminal in Larvik, so it is very good news that we are able to attract extra calls and cargo in these uncertain times. I am also proud that North Sea Terminal is performing and providing services at a high level.”

“We will continue our strong collaboration with local and international businesses and make sure that the goods are handled and delivered to the customers in an efficient and safe manner.”

Kasper Damgaard, VP and Head of BU Forest & Metal and Client Engagement, says: “We are pleased to see how collaboration and dedication in our organisation has generated additional business within our steel activities, continuously supporting our Win23 strategy for selected industries.”

Morgan Olausson, VP and Head of BU North Sea North, says: “This contract is part of BUNSN’s strategy for the coming years, to strengthen and expand our operations in the terminals to handle various types of goods arriving in bulk vessels such as building materials, steel, sand etc. The terminal in Brevik is a brilliant example of a terminal that works very flexibly regardless of the type of goods.”

A tour on Humbria Seaways

Humbria Seaways offers the capacity for 450 trailers making her the largest ferry in the fleet alongside her sisters. The mega freight ferries are so large that if you feel like taking a nice walk on every lane on every deck, you will cover impressive 6.7 kilometres.

In the video above, you can take a walk on board, however, we skip the lanes and make do with the decks as Oliver Blach, Marine Engineer, invites us on a tour on board Humbria to showcase the five cargo decks and the rarely seen engine room as you can see in the video below.

Please enjoy the videos and a huge thank you to Oliver for sharing them with us.

Humbria engine room tour

All ships sound their horns for seafarers

On 1 May, a symphony of ship horns sounding will recognise the contributions and sacrifices of seafarers during the pandemic. All DFDS ships are expected to contribute, even the cruise ships currently laid up


DFDS ships join the International Chamber of Shipping’s initiative to sound the horns on 1 May to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of our seafarers during the pandemic.

At 12:00 local times, all 55 DFDS ships will sound their horns to celebrate and recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by seafarers during the Covid-19 crisis.

“This beautiful token of appreciation was initiated by the International Chamber of Shipping and promoted by the national shipowners associations. At DFDS, we are depending on the commitment and support of our seafarers no less than other shipping companies, and we are really grateful for the work they have done throughout the Covid-19 crisis to keep our ships sailing and support our customers,” says Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, EVP and Chief People Officer.

Thomas Mørk, VP and Head of DFDS’ Technical Organisation, says: “We have informed our 55 ships about this and hope they will all support it by sounding their horns at 12:00 local time – wherever they are at this time. This also goes for our laid-up ships that will then naturally be in port on 1 May.”

“We hope some of the crew members will record the event on a video and send it to Group Communications so we can all enjoy it afterwards,” says Anne-Christine.

Please send it to grcom@dfds.com

Hollandia Seaways in Zeebrugge

As from today, Hollandia Seaways will be sailing between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.

Our 6700 lane metres large mega freight ferry that can carry 450 trailers, had its very first call to Port of Zeebrugge today

The schedule is set on two departures to Zeebrugge per week with an approx. transit time of 35 hours.

We wish good luck to our colleagues from PSA Zeebrugge with having Hollandia at their terminal.

DOVER SEAWAYS joins appreciation of NHS and Essential Workers

Dover Seaways took part in the nationwide show of appreciation for the National Health Service(NHS), care workers and essential key workers across the UK on 2 April, by sounding the horn at 8pm BST.

Setting sail from the Port of Dover, and joining the industry-wide effort, Dover Seaways’ horn was sounded at position 51°01.830’N 001°44.841’E, to mark the incredible efforts and critical work being carried out by so many in current times.

We let our UK Facebook and Twitter fans know to listen out for the horn, in what was the first post shared that moved away from the crisis communications that began a little over three weeks ago. It was followed up with the above video shared with us by the Dover Operations Team who captured it from the shore.

With almost three quarters of a million followers across all our passenger social media profiles, it has been essential to communicate frequently and effectively right where our customers are, on social media.

We’ve worked with the wider Passenger Marketing, Customer Service and Port teams to ensure consistent updates so it was lovely to see such a positive response to the post.

From this week we will begin carefully sharing content again to keep our audiences engaged, starting with the profiles in the Nordics, Continent and UK.

The team always welcome photos and ideas for sharing content across the social media channels, and as we’ve seen our customers very much appreciate our efforts while navigating through these difficult times.


Blue Saturday

On Saturday, the sun was shining at its best on Copenhagen, and despite the pandemic, people were enjoying the day by going for a walk or, like our freelance photographer, taking a bike trip around the port. This resulted in this amazing picture of blue ships under a blue sky.

In fact, it was almost a historic event, as the picture shows all three ships calling at Port of Copenhagen at the same time. “This is highly unusual, and due only to the fact that DFDS has suspended the Copenhagen ‒ Oslo route, and laid up both ships in Copenhagen. I happened to be there just as ARK Futura was in port on one of her two-three weekly calls on the still very busy Klaipėda ‒ Copenhagen ‒ Fredericia freight route,” says the photographer. He should know, as he is also Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division.

“The tranquillity of the scene was astonishing, given what had been going on before the route was suspended, and how much work was involved in implementing the suspension and laying up the ships. So thank you to everyone who was involved in this for the Copenhagen ‒ Oslo and Amsterdam  ‒ Newcastle routes. In fact, thank you to everyone in our passenger business for working day and night to take care of our passengers and adapt our services to the situation. Thank you also to everyone in the Division’s freight services, where people are working hard to continue service to our customers, and ensuring that we do our part in keeping the supply chains running and the supermarkets supplied with food and other goods.”

Fuel cell testing moves forward on Ark Germania

Fuel cell testing now moves forward. DFDS has received funding for upgrades to Ark Germania to test fuel cell technologies with partners


At DFDS we are excited about new technologies becoming available for shipping, and we are increasing our involvement in testing, among other things, fuel cells with partnered companies.

Jakob Steffensen, Head of Innovation and Partnerships, says: “Dedicating one of our ships to be a sailing test platform comes with many expenses. We are happy to now say that we have received funding from the Danish Maritime Fund to upgrade Ark Germania to become a large scale fuel cell test vessel for the blue Denmark.”

The development of fuel cells that run on, for example, hydrogen, methanol or ammonia, requires significant investments and testing at scale. This is to to reach the required reliability and cost effectiveness, in order to supplement or replace fossil fuels to propel and power ships.

The zero-emission challenge for shipping companies

Danish and international shipping companies have a big challenge in implementing new technologies in order to deliver reductions in emissions that meet customers and society’s desires for zero-emission shipping. The producers of fuel cell technology are currently not focused enough on the maritime world for this to happen, which is why DFDS and the Blue Denmark collective have made efforts to channel cross sector experience and dedicated projects into realised partnerships.

“We at DFDS can provide fuel cell projects with that scale and a real maritime environment to test in. With this funding we can now begin working with our partners to realise the potential we believe there is in fuel cell technology,” says Jakob.

Expected results

“On Ark Germania we upgrade the electrical infrastructure to allow for testing of up to 1MW fuel cells. Our partners install their equipment in containers that we place on the weather deck, plugged into the ship and their fuel sources. The testing of new battery technology, supercapacitors and detailed analysis of all this also becomes possible.”

“The testing made possible will enable cost-effective live tests for the fuel cell manufacturers and should prove valuable for both DFDS and the Blue Denmark as a whole. Gaining familiarity with fuel cells will help speed up the development of maritime zero-emission fuel technologies, and we hope this inspires further innovation partnerships to give our industry hands-on experience with the new sustainable fuels. With this setup we make it more attractive for businesses to focus on maritime uses of green energy technology, so we can reach our ambitions of developing zero-emission ships,” Jakob adds.

Fatal accident in Vlaardingen

Yesterday, on 13 March, a tragic incident made this week a horrible one.

A colleague found a driver unconscious and seriously wounded next to a trailer in Vlaardingen. He had apparently come between a standing and a moving trailer.

Both the deceased and the other person involved were external drivers.

The colleague who found the driver immediately alerted the DFDS first aid team and the emergency services.

Tragically, in spite of a swift response and an ambulance arriving within just a few minutes, and everyone doing everything in their power, his life couldn’t be saved. The police were also quickly on the scene and are now investigating the incident, and we will support them to the best of our ability, says Ralph Bosweld, Terminal Director, Vlaardingen.

“We will now have to wait for the results of the investigation before we can say more about this terrible case,” he says.

Torben Carlsen, CEO, says: “This is an extremely sad situation, and we all mourn such meaningless loss of life. Our thoughts are with the driver and his family.

“In my view, we need – with the third parties who carry out work at our premises – to ensure that we improve safety together with them, so we do not ever again see such tragedies at our terminals or on our ships.”

Eco-friendly ballast water on DFDS’ ships

Watch this video showing the installation of a new ballast water treatment system on Regina Seaways. Enjoy a tour of the 3D model environment and a time-lapse series of the yard installation.

As you may know, water is used as ballast on board ships to maintain safe operating conditions during a voyage by improving stability, reducing stress on the hull, and improving propulsion efficiency.

Last year, DFDS initiated a programme for installing ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on all vessels in our fleet in order to support the marine environment and to comply with the international convention on ballast water management. The system prevents the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through the use of ballast water on ships operating across different regions. This is done mechanically, using a combination of filtration and UV radiation to render the organisms non-viable.

For the last six months, the project team has been busy clarifying the batch 2020 ships’ system capacity needs, developing the new ship specific documentation, obtaining required approvals from the maritime authorities and planning the yard installations.

Jacob Johannesen, Project Manager & Naval Architect, Newbuilding & Major Conversions, says: “It is a challenging task to install the system with all its auxiliary components in an already-crowded machinery area. DFDS has teamed up with a design facility that uses a 3D scan of the relevant spaces to model the installation in a point cloud environment. This helps reduce the margin of error in the design and the installation time required.”

Five BWTS installations already in place

During the first two months of 2020, five BWTS installations have been made: Côte des Flandres, Regina Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways, Delft Seaways and Seven Sisters now all clean the water thoroughly before sending it back into the sea.

“Many colleagues within the organisation are involved with the programme during the different phases. However, a special thank-you must go to our good colleagues in Technical Organisation who are ensuring timely installations at the yard,” says Jacob.

Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR, says: “Supporting the marine environment is part of our CSR strategy, and the installation of BWTS is an important part of this. It’s great to see how this is actually brought to life, both with the 3D simulation and the time-lapse film. Thank you to the team for sharing this with us.”

The programme will continue until end of 2024.

Technical Organisation and Newbuilding & Major Conversions to stay with Ferry Division

Organisation: The Technical Organisation and Newbuilding & Major Conversions are now permanently placed in the Ferry Division under Peder Gellert, EVP.

When Henrik Holck left DFDS last year, the Technical Organisation and Newbuilding & Major Conversions were moved to the Ferry Division as an interim solution. However, the experiences have been good and now it has been decided to make this solution permanent. This means that Thomas Mørk, VP and Head of Technical Organisation, will continue to report to Peder Gellert as will Jesper Aagesen, Head of Newbuilding & Major Conversions.

“It has proven to be an excellent structure in spite of the more commercial nature of ferry. After all, reliability is a main parametre for our customers, and reliability of ships very much depends on their technical performance. At the same time, developing and constructing new ships is about offering the best solutions for our customers and meeting their requirements,” says Peder Gellert.

“Fleet Management that is a link between the technical and commercial departments is already part of the Ferry Division. And luckily, my own lack of technical expertise is more than compensated for by Thomas Mørk and Jesper Aagesen who are both extremely skilled and knowledgeable and supported by very skilled and motivated people in their organisations. I welcome Thomas and Jesper and their staff as permanent members of the Ferry Division and look forward to continuing working with them to provide the ships and services our customers need,” Peder says.

Marine standards to Torben Carlsen
At the same time, it has been decided to place Marine Standards directly under Torben Carlsen. “Michael Stig who is Director of Marine Standards already reports to Torben in his role as designated person. And furthermore, Marine standard should not be part of the organisation it will be auditing for its safety and security procedures,” Peder says.

Michael Stig will in the future report to Torben Carlsen, both as designated person and as Director of Marine Standards.

Collaboration about mobile networks on ships

DFDS works with Telenor and other partners to test the use of the powerful 5G mobile networks that allow for much faster data transmission. Ark Dania is the testing ship. MAN, Alfa Laval, DFDS and Telenor discussed and explored the opportunities at a workshop at DFDS House.


5G mobile coverage is well underway ashore, but also at sea where it is not so much about fast data for smartphones. It is rather used a new infrastructure that paves the way for the next generation of digital tools and business models, because we can communicate much faster than today and reduce the latency in transmission time to a few milliseconds. This will enable much closer monitoring of equipment, which in turn enables equipment manufactures to offer better and more circular solutions where the equipment can be upgraded and improved throughout the entire lifetime of the ship.

Workshop at DFDS House

“Telenor Maritime and DFDS have been working closely together for several years and it is natural for us to explore the opportunities in those new technologies and tools together,” says Jakob Steffensen, Head of DFDS’ Innovation and Partnerships department.

“But Telenor and DFDS are not the only companies to benefit from new digital opportunities. Therefore, we had arranged a workshop with MAN, Alfa Laval, DFDS and Telenor to explore and discuss how an effective standardised mobile infrastructure can support the work to improve the technical operation of ships in various areas,” says Jakob.

Augmented reality could ease work and collaboration

At the workshop, which took place at DFDS House today on 21 February, MAN said that a good digital infrastructure may open opportunities for supplementing technical manuals with a new generation of support tools that use Augmented Reality to inform the engineers (Augmented Reality is a tool that can show a virtual picture of the engine and its inner and moving parts). It can make teleconferences for troubleshooting practical as an alternative to sending a specialist to the ship.

Open innovation

“We discussed a lot of other opportunities which will be too much to report about here. I am extremely proud that the new mobile network and the use of it is being tested on Ark Dania, and that we can share our ambitions, thoughts and knowledge as we did today to innovate and improve. This is open innovation which is the best way forward for a more efficient and sustainable shipping,” says Jakob.

Ark Dania in contact with quay

Extreme wind conditions caused contact and damage above the waterline when Ark Dania arrived at Esbjerg. Photo by Peter Therkildsen.


In spite of tug boat support, Ark Dania unfortunately came a bit too close to the quay at arrival in Esbjerg today under extreme wind conditions. As the picture shows, the contact caused some damage to the hull above the waterline.

The damage has now been assessed by the yard and classification society, and the plan is to repair the ship while in port.

“We expect that she will be able to depart on Friday 14 February. Luckily, Fleet Management has been able to charter the freight ferry Misida to replace Ark Dania until Friday. Misida will be leaving Vlaardingen today and be in Immingham for Ark Dania’s scheduled departure tomorrow. This means we will only be losing today’ sailing from Esbjerg to Immingham,” says Kell Robdrup, SVP, BU North Sea South, who has already informed the customers about the delay this will cause the customers scheduled to leave Esbjerg today.

Ark Dania damaged above the waterline when hitting the quay in Esbjerg.

Welcome Humbria, farewell Fionia

Photo taken from the bridge of Selandia Seaways with Humbria Seaways on the left. Thank you to Paul Lammers for the picture.

On Sunday 02.02.2020, Humbria Seaways and crew arrived safely in Vlaardingen prior to her maiden voyage that, back in early January, started at the Jinling Shipyard in China. This is our fourth homebound voyage from the shipyard and this time Captain Kim Carlsson and his crew had the responsibility to go on the long journey and bring our newest ferry home. Below you can see some of the pictures taken by Kim during the voyage.

Jacob Andersen, Route Director, says: “I was very happy to welcome Humbria Seaways, Captain Kim Carlsson and crew to Vlaardingen – a great moment I have been looking forward to. We are now preparing Humbria for service to accommodate our customers with extra capacity, in line with market demand. I am certain that everybody involved will work hard ensuring a successful deployment. This will affect both Fionia Seaways and Tulipa Seaways that no longer will be needed as Humbria’s capacity is large enough to cover the capacity of both ferries.

This means that our charter of Fionia will come to an end and she will return back to her owner together with the crew. We thank the crew for their great work and efforts during their time in DFDS.

Pictures from the Suez Canal:

Pictures from the trait of Gibraltar:

DFDS joins fire safety project LASH FIRE

The LASH FIRE project puts the seafarers’ perspectives at the core of solutions. From the left: Sif Lundsvig and Lena Brandt.


Fires on ships are immensely dangerous. Our seafarers know this better than anyone, and at DFDS we are actively working on improving fire safety on board our ships.

DFDS now also joins the LASH FIRE project (Legislative Assessment for Safety Hazards of Fire and Innovations in Ro-ro ship Environment) that aims at developing maritime fire safety solutions with innovative technologies, operations and applications.

“A big element of LASH FIRE is to focus on the seafarers’ perspective. That is why we have a specialist, Lena Brandt, who will temporarily join crews in order to learn from them,” says Sif Lundsvig, Project Manager in Innovation & Partnerships.

Lena is an experienced navigator and will in the coming months act as a Sailing Project Manager and Deck Officer on board some of our ships as she engages with seafarers about the realities of fire risks, procedures and systems on board.

Lena says: “Seafarers have many ideas for improvements, and they know what strategies are realistic to implement and which ones may conflict with reality and daily operations. The aim of the project is to take a holistic view on fire safety on board our ships and deal with all the factors involved. This requires an open and anonymous dialogue with our seafarers and taking the time to absorb some of the knowledge derived from their experience at sea.”

LASH FIRE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 814975.​

New company structure in Immingham

Per Lund Jensen with the UK senior leadership team. From the left: Alan Finch, Jon Bailey, Per Jensen, Andrew Byrne, Emma Leam-Saville and Lee Bayliss

Friday 31 January was not only the day that the UK left the EU, it was also the day that Per Lund Jensen left DFDS to retire.

As Andrew Byrne, Managing Director, advised in December, Per’s retirement led to some changes of the company structure in Immingham. From 1 February, the new reporting lines are as follows:

Friday afternoon, the Immingham office had prepared a very special goodbye event for Per, who left DFDS in a blaze of glory after 35 years of dedicated and loyal service.

Andrew says: “We held a reception for Per, which was attended by around 50 people, including staff from DFDS Logistics in Immingham. Per was presented with gifts and cards, which included an experience to drive a steam train and a train driver’s hat with his name on it, as railways are his hobby. We wish Per a long and happy retirement and all the best for the future.”