Project: Zero emission Oslo ferry

An illustration of the hydrogen-powered ferry that DFDS and its partners aim to develop.


DFDS and its partners have applied for EU support for development of a ferry powered by electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell which only emits water. Green hydrogen is to be produced by a projected offshore wind energy-powered electrolyser plant in Greater Copenhagen.

The Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route  currently suffers under the pandemic. ”However, this does not mean that DFDS has lost sight of the long-term development of this historic and important route – or our ambitious climate plan targets. On the contrary, we have partnered with other major companies in order to develop a 100% hydrogen powered ferry that can eventually be used on this route – or another route,” says Torben Carlsen.

The power will be provided by a hydrogen fuel cell that emits nothing but water and can produce up to 23 MW to propel the ferry.

“The largest fuel cells today produce only 1-5 MW, and the development of  such  large-scale fuel cell installations  for maritime operation is a monumental task, which we can only succeed with in partnerships between companies that together can muster some of the globe’s finest expertise in design, approval, building, financing and operation of innovative vessels,” says Jakob Steffensen, Innovation and Environment  lead. Along with Mads Bentzen Billesø, he has shaped the idea in close dialogue with the project partners and DFDS colleagues from across the organisation.

The partnership committed to achieving this includes DFDS, ABB, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Purus, Lloyd’s Register, KNUD E. HANSEN, Ørsted and Danish Ship Finance.

“Together, we expect to learn how to make these fuel types and technologies commercially viable, which is key to a transition of the industry to climate neutrality, which is also the ultimate goal of DFDS’ climate plan,” says Torben.

The partnership has applied for support from the EU Innovation Fund. As there are no ferries of this kind in the world today, the development of the ferry will require public involvement. However, if the project develops as projected, the ferry could be in full operation on the route as early as 2027.

The hydrogen will be produced locally in Greater Copenhagen based on offshore wind, and the project will investigate how to optimally integrate with the local energy system.

The ferry that has the working name Europa Seaways, is designed for 1,800 passengers and has capacity for 120 lorries or 380 cars.


Vessel and route details
On board power production PEM Fuel cells
Engine power 23MW
Fuel Compressed hydrogen
Fuel tank capacity 44T
Passenger capacity 1.800
Trailer & Car capacity 2.300 lanemeters
Route Copenhagen – Frederikshavn – Oslo
Roundtrip time 48 hours
Bunkering interval 48 hours
CO2e/year emission avoidance 64.000 Tons





Hydrogen tanks top left

Successful launch of new ro-pax

Friday the 13th is considered a unlucky day in Western superstition. Fortunately this is not the case in China. So despite of the date we were confident that the launch of our second ro-pax newbuilding for the Baltics at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) would be a success story.

The launching ceremony took place at 10:30AM local time in China under a beautiful blue sky with participation from our good site team as can be seen from the pictures.

“Leading to the launching, thew site team was very busy getting everything in place and assist the yard in ensuring a good level of quality for the last below-waterline welding seams, hull surface protection jobs and painting of the ballast and void tanks,” says  Jacob Johannesen, Deputy project Manager.

“The hull will now be towed to the outfitting pier and GSI shipyard will be working in parallel on both ships where machinery and onboard systems will be finalized, cabins put onboard and public spaces built.”

DFDS ordered the two combined freight and passenger ferries for our Baltic route network in  2018. They are  230 metres long and will each have a capacity of 4,500 lane metres for trucks and cars, and with their 250 passenger cabins and large, comfortable public areas, the ships will offer a new state-of-the-art travel experience for passengers crossing the Baltic Sea.

Great video of ramp installation

This summer, both Belgia Seaways and Gothia Seaways had movable ramps installed. The ramps will function both as weathertight decks and driving ramps between decks 2 and 3 and with this, all decks can be loaded via the normal aft ramp instead of via an external ramp for deck 3.

The operation lasted approximately two months for each ship and included cutting one large hole of 60 x 5 metres and removing about 80 tonnes of steel, and after that installing some 110 tonnes of new steel and 90 tonnes of new ramp and equipment. Watching this video, you will get a good impression of how big a task that is.

Belgia Seaways serves on the Baltic routes and Gothia Seaways sails the North Sea, and they were back in service immediately after re-delivery from the yard.

Superintendent Nicolai Andersen says: “I am proud we managed to complete this project in the middle of a Corona pandemic, and it was only successful due to very good cooperation between DFDS LT, DFDS DK, Remontowa Shipyard, Naval Architect and other parties involved.”

You can read more details about the ramp installations in these articles:

Belgia and Gothia get new ramp

New images from the ramp installation on Gothia Seaways



Beautiful image of Flandria Seaways

Flandria Seaways seems to be doing well in Vlaardingen. Kim Carlsson, Master of Hollandia Seaways, was so lucky to enjoy this beautiful sight from the deck of Hollandia and kindly shared it with us. Thank you, Kim!

Vlaardingen welcomes Flandria

A very welcome sight: the arrival of our fifth mega freight ferry, Flandria Seaways, which aroused strong feelings amongst both the crew and colleagues in Vlaardingen.

Following a successful maiden voyage, Captain Joakim Dahlberg and crew finally stepped ashore on European ground after a very prolonged stay in China that exceeded 100 days, most of which was spent in a Chinese hotel.

Our colleagues in Vlaardingen were ready to welcome the crew and to show their appreciation for this great feat of endurance and patience, and Torben Carlsen acknowledged this personally with a video greeting, a personal letter and a present, handed to the crew by Jacob Andersen, Managing Director in Vlaardingen.

Jacob says: “I am really proud to be able to welcome the fifth mega freight ferry, the second one to come to Vlaardingen, even though she will soon be leaving for her future service on the Gothenburg – Zeebrugge route. I also want to thank the crew for bringing her home, and I am certain that she will secure a competitive advantage and bring a major contribution to our customers’ growth.”

Torben’s video greeting to the crew of Flandria Seaways:

The crew reading the letter and watching the video greeting from Torben Carlsen:

Flandria passes through Suez Canal

This weekFlandria Seaways and her crew sailed through the long and busy Suez Canal on their way from China to EuropeThis is Captain Joakim Dahlberg’s second time bringing one of our mega freight ferries home, and he has taken this great picture (above) on their way through the artificial sealevel waterway that connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.  

With endless banks of sand on both sides, our colleagues on board passed and also sailed alongside many cruise, container and cargo vesselsTheir tonnage, water displacement and timing are all carefully calculated to enable safe transit while passing through the canal, which takes around 11 hours. 

Flandria Seaways, Joakim and his dedicated crew are expected to arrive in Vlaardingen on 29 September. 

Fitted out in Singapore
Earlier this month, and in accordance with tradition, Flandria Seaways also made an important stop in Singapore to be fitted out for service and stocked with a variety of essentials needed for her further voyagesFour containers filled with spare parts, stores, supplies and provisions were loaded onto Flandria as you can see from the pictures below, shared by Jesper Hartvig Nielsen and Peter Guldager. 

Humbria and Ficaria at Fayard Shipyard

There are only a few certainties in life; that the sun will rise in east, lint in your pocket and that our good friend, Peter Therkildsen, is on the spot with his camera every time one of our ferries is near the Fayard Shipyard in Denmark.  

Peter has throughout many years shared numerous of great photowith us and we have recently received these outstanding ones of Ficaria Seaways and Humbria Seaways. Please enjoy, stay safe and have a great weekend. 

Ficaria Seaways

Humbria Seaways

Welcome to Flandria Seaways

Michael Klysner and Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen represented DFDS at the ceremony that marked the delivery of Flandria Seaways, our fifth mega freight ferry from China.

What a way to start the week for DFDS’ Newbuilding & Major Conversions division. Following the successful launch on Monday of our new freight and passenger ferry for the Baltic Sea, Flandria Seaways, our fifth mega freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard, was delivered to us today, 1 September.

Flandria will set sail towards Europe on Friday and reach Vlaardingen (via Singapore and Suez) in late September. She is expected to begin operating between Vlaardingen and Immingham on 5 October. Customers can look forward to a massive ferry that is 237.4 metres long and has capacity for 6,700 lane metres freight (equal to 450 trailers). They will also benefit from lower emissions per unit transported and flexible capacity to grow their business. With an unique ramp system with three independent stern ramps, it enables us to discharge trailers quickly and efficiently.

Delayed delivery due to Coronavirus
Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuilding & Major Conversions, says: “The finalisation and delivery of this ferry has taken somewhat more time than expected. The closed borders and strict quarantine requirements made it a really hard challenge to ensure that colleagues and crew members could travel to China and attend the sea trial in April and be ready to take the ferry to European waters once the delivery was complete. Getting visas and finding available flights from Denmark to China also proved to be a difficult process. However, we succeeded and after the crew had been in quarantine for 14 days, they were eager and ready to go on board the ferry and familiarise themselves.

“It has been an unusual process in unprecedented times, where we had to handle a lot remotely. On top of the impacts of the coronavirus, the shipyard also experienced severe flooding from the Yangtze River and its surroundings during July that raised water levels seven metres above normal, resulting in a production halt for more than a week. However, a big thank you to our great site team in Nanjing as well as the crew members for overcoming these challenges and we can now proudly add one massive freight ferry to the fleet.”


Flandria Seaways at Jinling Shipyard. Thank you to Jens Peter Baltsersen for sharing the photos.

Combined freight and passenger ferry for the Baltics launched in China

Today on 31 August, we reached another milestone in our newbuilding programme. The first of our two 4500 lane metre combined freight and passenger ferries was launched on Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China. They are both set to operate on the Baltic routes.

It is 13 months ago the first steel plate was cut and in January 2020 the keel was laid. Now the ferry has arrived in its right element – water. Basically, the hull is now welded, and underwater paint jobs have been finalized, engines, propellers, rudders, fin stabilizers and scrubbers have been installed. In the next phase the extensive outfitting work will take place including installation of 312 cabins (hereof 62 crew cabins) as well as outfitting of the public areas. Furthermore, all systems to be tested and commissioned. 

It is with great pleasure to see the progress now 2½ years after the contract was signed. Furthermore, it shall be noted that this is the first passenger ferry ordered by DFDS in 40 years, so it is really a milestone for us. 

Christian Simon Nielsen, Project Manager, says: After many hours of hard work, it is incredibly satisfying for the entire project team to finally see the ship afloat. We were very much looking forward to celebrating this major milestone in China, together with our colleagues from the site team and with representatives from the shipyard. Instead we must enjoy the pictures from a distance 

Steen Haurum, Site Manager, saysHere at GSI, China, we have looked forward to this very exciting and important milestone. All 20 members of the site team have worked hard and consistently to achieve this. This launching will notably make space in the dock for the mega block erection of the second vessel. 

Jesper Aagesen
Director, Newbuilding & Major Conversions

See the ferry escorted out of the dock by the tugboats.

Giants meet on the river Nieuwe Maas

It is not an everyday sight when two of our largest ferries meet while being far from Jinling Shipyard in China. Luckily, both Captain Kim Carlsson and Paul Lammers  captured the moment when the two sisters went side by side on the river Nieuwe Maas in the Netherlands.

This special meeting was due to Hollandia Seaways and Humbria Seaways replacing one another when they took turn going into dock at Fayard Shipyard in Denmark and sailing on the Vlaardingen – Immingham route.

Thank you very much to Kim and Paul for the nice pictures.

Fantastic photos of the first newbuilding for the Baltics

Fantastic shots capturing the very busy shipyard and our first combined freight and passenger ferry that is well underway. Thank you to Christian Simon Nielsen for sharing the photos. 

While some of us have enjoyed summer vacation, the site team and construction crew at the shipyard in Guangzhou in China have worked hard to get our first combined freight and passenger ferry ready for launching. This is the first out of two ferries from the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). The ferries will each have a capacity of 4,500 lane metres and will be able to carry 600 passengers. They are set to operate on the Baltic routes.

Christian Simon Nielsen, Project Manager, says: “Despite very hot temperatures up to 35-40 degrees, the assembly of the hull is progressing at remarkable speed and you can already see the shape of the 230m long vessel as shown on the pictures.“

“We are now looking to add the few remaining blocks and proceed to do a lot of welding, painting, and mounting of rudders and propellers, so the ferry is ready for launching in early Autumn” says Christian.

“Our site team is in great spirit. Due to travel restrictions they have stayed within China during their summer holiday and have experienced remarkable things like living in tent huts at Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province, trekking in the Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province, exploring the cultural sights of West Lake, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province and relaxing at the beach on Hainan Island. Thank you to Steen Haurum, Morten Fenger and Jens Monk Green Bro for sharing some of their holiday photos that you can see below”.

Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province

Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province

West Lake, Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province

The beach on Hainan Island

Belgia and Gothia Seaways get new 110-tonne ramp

Belgia Seaways and Gothia Seaways are having a movable ramp installed while dry-docked in Poland. The delivery of the 90 tonne ramp for Belgia took place on 2 June, and as the picture shows, it was no small operation. The ramp will connect Decks 2 and 3, and enable the ship to load Deck 3 via the normal aft ramp. 

Superintendents Nicolai Andersen, Igor Kastanov, Igor Fokin and Chief Engineer Brian Bering Pedersen are busy with an impressive ramp-building task at the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

“We are having a movable ramp installed on Belgia Seaways and Gothia Seaways . The ramp will function both as a weathertight deck and a driving ramp between Decks 2 and 3. With this, all decks can be loaded via the normal aft ramp instead of via an external ramp for Deck 3. This means that the ship can use other berths that do not have the equipment for external loading of the upper deck. And as it is a movable ramp, we lose very little space for cargo,” says Nicolai Andersen who is Project Manager.

The project includes cutting one large hole of 60 x 5 metres and removing about 80 tonnes of steel, and installing some 110 tonnes of new steel and 90 tonnes of new ramp and equipment.

“I need to thank Igor Fokin & Igor Kastanov for at the same time handling a regular 20-year dry-docking of the ships while they are docked,” says Nicolai.

“I also need to extend warm thanks to Brian B Pedersen. He lives in Poland and therefore – being very flexible and agile – was able to join the project almost instantly at the end of March, in spite of travel restrictions due to COVID-19 being implemented in Poland. Normally, Brian is on Ark Futura and he left home for his normal tour of duty, without knowing he would be deeply engaged in this project. In my opinion this is the real ‘Yes we will’ attitude of DFDS.”

It was a spectacular view on 2 June when the ramp was delivered for Belgia Seaways.

Newbuilding for the Baltics on first float

Our first combined freight and passenger ferry newbuilding for the Baltics is currently erected to 7 mega blocks with a total weight of 4775 tonnes.

Jacob Johannesen, Deputy Project Manager, says, “With one third of the vessel’s structure now assembled in the dry-dock at the shipyard GSI in China, there are still some work to do before the traditional launching which normally marks the first time the vessel feels water below the keel.

“However, due to the launching and move of a tanker located in the same dry-dock, our newbuilding had a float before the real launching and had to be waterborne a bit earlier than usual. As you can see on the pictures, she is not shaped like a complete ferry yet, still she certainly floats like one. The vessel is now securely back dry on the keel blocks. Thank you to Steen Haurum, Site Manager, for the great pictures.”

When the 230 metres long and 4,500 lane metres newbuilding is assembled and completed, she will have capacity for 270 trailers and 600 passengers.

Côte d’Opale launched in China

Côte d’Opale feeling water under the hull for the first time as she was launched today in China.

Today, we can share another newbuilding milestone, that might especially excite our colleagues from the Channel. Côte d’Opale, the 3,100 lane metres newbuilding, destined for our Dover-Calais service, was successfully launched at the shipyard in Weihai – more than one month earlier than planned.

Stena RoRo will be the owner and DFDS will take her on a 10-year bareboat charter immediately after delivery that is scheduled on 30 June 2021 as per original plan.

Kasper Moos, VP and Head of BU Short Routes & Passenger, says: “With her 214 metres length and the capacity for 1000 passengers, Côte d’Opale will be the longest ferry on the Channel.“

“Contrary to the other ferries in the series of eight ordered by Stena, Côte d’Opale has no passenger cabins due to the short crossing time on The Channel. The extra capacity will optimise the customer experience with additional amenities ensuring passengers will have plenty of space to relax, try modern food concepts and enjoy an extensive shopping experience. I am very much looking forward to presenting Côte d’Opale to our customers and see how she will help strengthen and grow our business on the Channel”

Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuilding and Major Conversions, says: “Senior Site Superintendent Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen, who also oversees the construction of the mega freight ferries from Jinling Shipyard, attended the ceremony to represent DFDS and get a good look at ‘our’ coming ferry.”

Now the construction of the ferry will continue with all the outfitting works of the accommodation and facilities.

Now that Côte d’Opale looks like a real DFDS ferry on the outside, it is time for the installation of furnishings, interior spaces and other equipment and systems.

Mega freight ferry ready for launching

Very soon, the sluice gates will open for the water flow and fill one of the building docks at the Jinling Shipyard in China to initiate the launching of our sixth and final mega freight ferry. The launch will mark the moment where the 6,700 lane metre ferry will be waterborne for the first time.

When the building dock is filled with water, tugboats will escort her out on the Yangtze River, where the site team and construction crew will do the final preparations prior to the sea trial.

Below you can see some photos from the building dock taken by Captain Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen. She looks quite impressive with the newly coated hull and construction crew beside for scale.

The (almost) complete site team at Jinling Shipyard

Pictures from the building dock. Thank you to Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen for the pictures:

All ships sounded their horns for seafarers

Updated with more video clips!

As you can hear in the videos recorded by colleagues on our ships, DFDS ships joined the International Chamber of Shipping’s initiative to sound the horns today on 1 May to recognise the contributions and sacrifices of our seafarers during the pandemic.
See the article here.

Keel laid for newbuilding for the Baltics

Representatives of the shipyard, Lloyd’s Register and DFDS.

With the Chinese shipyards starting construction again, Newbuilding & Major Conversions is happy to share yet another significant milestone marking the start of construction and birth of the ship. Today, on 23 April 2020, the keel was laid for the second combined freight and passenger ferry destined for the Baltic.

Steen Haurum from DFDS concludes the signing with a fist bump together with representatives of Guangzhou Shipyard International and Lloyd’s Register.

Despite safety precautions due to Covid-19, the ceremony went as planned. After the signing of the keel laying documents, Jens Monk Bro and Morten Fenger placed the ceremonial coin under the keel to bless and honor the ship symbolizing good fortune just as the tradition describes.

Jens Monk Bro, Project Engineer & Chief Officer, and Morten Fenger, Project Engineer & Chief Officer.

The Jubilee coin used for this ceremony was released in memory of the wedding between his Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on May 14, 2004. The coin is designed by sculptor Jacques Raes and will follow the vessel for good luck during the countless journeys on sea.

The ceremonial coin

This is the second of two ferries being built at GSI shipyard in Guangzhou in south China. Both are planned to replace tonnage in-between Karlshamn in Sweden and Klaipeda in Lithuania. The 230-metre long ferry will have capacity for 4500 lane metre freight and 600 passengers.

Easter egg contest on board Selandia Seaways

Tony Tranekjer Smidt, Master of Selandia Seaways, says: “Normally during Easter layover it’s time for the crew to socialise. In these corona times with social distancing this is difficult. Fortunately one of our stewardesses Maru had the great idea of making a little Easter contest, and the goal was to create the best Easter egg. The crew made the eggs in their cabins and the winner was elected by the crew.”

Winner Al Jay – called Kid – with his minion eggs


On a strong second place came the DFDS egg created by Bosun Beb


Big, bigger, biggest

Three ship classes in one picture. Ark Germania, Humbria Seaways and Ficaria Seaways each represents a class and size of ships. The picture was taken in Immingham by Captain Lars Skjold-Hansen

Captain Lars Skjold-Hansen has been so kind to share a photo of three of our Ro-Ro ferries in Immingham.


These three ferries represent each one Ro-Ro-series of different sizes and lay-out.

• This means the ARK-class with three cargo decks and a capacity of 3000 lanemeters, a length of 200 m and breadth of 30 m.
• The Flower-class with four cargo decks and a capacity of 4650 lanemeters, a length of 230 m (for the four ferries having been lengthened, the remaining two are 200 m) and a breadth of 26.5 m.
• Finally, in the middle the Jinling-Class with five cargo decks and a capacity of 6700 lanemeters, a length of 237 m and a breadth of 33 m.

On the photo you can clearly see the difference in size between the three ferries. Even though their “outer” dimensions are not so different, it can easily be seen that the Jinling-ferry is so much bigger than the other two with more than double capacity of the ARK GERMANIA and more than 40 % compared to FICARIA. Adding some meters to the length, an additional cargo deck and 1-2 trailer lanes on each deck in the breadth matters in the end.

HUMBRIA SEAWAYS is the fourth of our newbuildings from Jinling Shipyard. The sea trial for our fifth newbuilding from Jinling has just been completed successfully and is also expected to join our North Sea network.

Thanks to Lars for sharing the photos.

Calais Seaways lay up

Calais Seaways

Due to the continued Covid-19 situation, demand for our Dover – Calais service has reduced. We will therefore adjust our schedule and will temporarily lay up the Calais Seaways. The route will continue sailing with a reduced frequency in order to service our freight customers and drivers as well as travelers with an essential transport need.

Kasper Moos, VP & Head of DFDS’ Short Routes and Passenger business, says: “Sailings on our Dover – Calais service will continue to a reduced schedule as we have an obligation to keep servicing our freight customers in order to maintain the supply chains and those undertaking essential travel. This is in line with the Government’s recommendations to ensure that there is food and other goods on the shelves in the supermarkets and supply of goods to keep wheels turning in industry and communities.

“Unfortunately, the change to our schedule will have an impact for a number of colleagues and we are currently in dialogue with staff, crews, works council and union representatives in respect of that.”

“Needless to say, myself and the whole management team are extremely proud of the way everyone has continued to take care of our customers and each other throughout these extremely difficult weeks. Now conditions beyond our control have meant a reduction in our frequency on the Dover – Calais service, but I can’t wait to welcome everyone back again as soon as the Covid-19 crisis is under control and travel restrictions have been lifted,” says Kasper.

Fifth mega freight ferry on sea trial

Since February, the Chinese shipyards have been on halt due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The construction of our newbuildings has now resumed and last Sunday, on 5 April, our fifth mega freight ferry went on sea trial. Although influenced by Covid-19, the departure went well and our site team and crew members are ready to support the shipyard during the trials.

Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager, says: ”It is generally much more challenging conditions than seen in connection with the previous sea trial. For example, our four crew members, who are now on sea trial, needed to complete 14 days of quarantine in a dedicated hotel in Yangzhou controlled by the state – and the same goes for our DFDS members of the site team, Michael Klysner and Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen when returning to China.”

Captain Thomas Stephensen is on board attending the sea trial. He says: “We left the shipyard on Sunday morning and sailed out on the busy Yangtze River as shown on the picture above. We are currently at a position just south-east of Shanghai.

Due to the Covid-19, we have adjusted the living conditions onboard to avoid gatherings in larger groups in the mess rooms, the usage of masks and daily checks of body temperature on all participants among other measures.”

We are at the moment sailing full speed ahead on two main engines. This is an important part of the sea trial as we need to oversee the vessels performance. All systems and equipment are also tested during this. We expect to be back on 10 April.“

Welcome home, Sirena Seaways

Picture taken on board Sirena Seaways at the Polish Remontowa Shipyard. Thank you to Captain Andrejus Simutis for sharing.

There is simply no place like home. After the end of a 5-year charter agreement with Brittany Ferries, Sirena Seaways will once again be back in business with DFDS after she returns from the drydock with an expected delivery on 10 April.

Yesterday, Sirena Seaways entered drydock at the Remontowa Shipyard in Poland where she will receive a total make-over.

Christian Bagger, Superintendent, says: “When Brittany Ferries took over Sirena, they named and rebranded her MV Baie De Seine as well as reconfiguring after their needs with new fenders and removal of walkways among others.

In drydock, we will revert some of these changes, for example adjusting the weather deck to accommodate more trailers (as originally designed). In addition, the construction crew will sandblast the existing coating off to prepare the surface for a recoating that will reduce the hull’s resistance through water to reduce the needed engine power and fuel consumption. We expect an official delivery on 10 April.”

Sirena Seaways back in 2006. Picture taken by Peter Therkildsen.

The return of an old celebrity
It is a very familiar face returning to us, as Sirena has a long history with DFDS. She is mostly known for her service on the former-DFDS route Esbjerg-Harwich where she started in 2002 and quickly became a beloved part of the journey until the closing of the route in 2015. Afterwards she was set in service on Paldiski – Kapellskar and Karlshamn – Klaipeda before Brittany Ferries chartered her in May 2015.

Sirena will return to a familiar scenery between Karlshamn and Klaipeda.

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.

Seven Sisters fitted with scrubber

Seven Sisters at Fayard Shipyard, Denmark. Her sister ship, Côte d’Albatre, will follow soon. Thank you to Peter Therkildsen for sharing the photo.

Until 15 March, Seven Sisters will be at the Fayard Shipyard in Denmark, where she will be fitted with a scrubber. Côte d’Albatre is next in line for the same procedure. Both ferries should be back in operation on the Newhaven – Dieppe route on 1 May.

Allan Lind Grodin, Project Manager and Naval Architect, Newbuilding & Major Conversions, says: “The new scrubbers will significantly improve the air quality in the local communities, in line with our CSR strategy with a focus on our environmental footprint. In addition, the shipyard also carried out regular maintenance, and installed a ballast water treatment system very similar to the one on board Regina Seaways.”

The odd ones out
Some of you may be wondering why Seven Sisters and Côte d’Albatre are in yellow livery, and branded Transmanche Ferries. Even though the two ferries are operated by DFDS, the French Government owns them and the Newhaven – Dieppe service, which DFDS operates on their behalf.

The colour scheme actually belongs to the Corsica Ferries–Sardinia Ferries ferry company. When the former ferry company Transmanche Ferries needed a ferry to operate the route in 2001, they chartered the ferry, Sardinia Vera, from Corsica Ferries–Sardinia Ferries, and retained the current colour scheme while rebranding her with the “T” on the hull.

In 2006, when Transmanche Ferries ordered the two newbuildings, Seven Sisters and Côte d’Albatre, they naturally decided to go with the same look. Despite LD Lines and subsequently DFDS taking over the service, the look has remained the same since the ships left the shipyard, Barreras, in Spain.