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.

From left to right we have: ARK GERMANIA, HUMBRIA SEAWAYS and FICARIA SEAWAYS.

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.

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.

Shore power project: Student measures emissions

Aja Hammou from Technical University of Denmark measured particle and CO2 emissions for the Copenhagen – Oslo route, studying the environmental impact of shore power. Picture of Pearl Seaways by Aja

 

When Aja Hammou stepped on board Pearl Seaways on 11 February, it was not for a relaxing mini-cruise to Oslo, but to work on her university project about ferry emissions and shore power on board and in the terminals.

Aja studies Civil Engineering in Environmental Technology and Environmental Chemistry. She and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) contacted DFDS about a project to investigate emissions and air pollution from shipping in local environments, and focused on shore power as a mitigating solution.

In Oslo, Pearl and Crown can connect to the power grid, but in the Danish capital the ferries must generate power from an on-board auxiliary engine until an installation is built.

Poul Woodall, Director of Environment & Sustainability, says: “The situations in the two ports make them useful for a comparative study, and we were happy to oblige Aja with the necessary access and data to carry out measurements for her project. This also helps us with additional data on the impact in Oslo and the potential in Copenhagen.”

Measurements ashore and at sea

She mostly worked on her project during the voyage, but the crew also took Aja to see the engine room. In Oslo, most of the work consisted of doing measurements around the port and becoming familiar with the shore-power installation.

Aja says: “I want to help discover the best ways of creating greener and more sustainable ports and port cities, and to find out whether shore power is part of those solutions. DFDS has been supportive of me and this project in sharing its experience and data. I look forward to working with what I’ve collected, finishing the project and sharing the conclusions.

“I also want to thank staff in the terminals and on board who accommodated my work there.”

Aja will publish the study as her Master’s thesis to be defended in June at DTU.


Pearl Seaways plugged into shore power in Oslo

Humbria Seaways named in Vlaardingen

The moment where Pernille Andersen gave the name to our newest addition to the fleet. Thank you to Mirit Bisholt for sharing the video with us.

Ever since the six mega ferries were ordered from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard, our colleagues in Vlaardingen have been looking forward to welcoming and presenting one of them to our customers and the local community.

Today was the day, and the occasion was celebrated. With wishes of fair winds and safe journeys, godmother Pernille Andersen officially named our fourth mega ferry Humbria Seaways.

On the naming platform, Pernille released the ceremonial champagne bottle that immediately shattered against the hull, and this was followed by the Danish and Dutch national anthems playing in the background.

Pernille was accompanied by Torben Carlsen and Jacob Andersen, Jacob’s daughter, Victoria and Captain Orpheus Kekus and Captain Kim Carlsson, who had safely delivered Humbria from China to Europe.

Both Torben and Jacob welcomed everyone to Vlaardingen and made speeches to celebrate the event, the ship and the many customers and official guests who had come for the ceremony.

After the naming, guests were invited to a lunch which was introduced by Ralph Bosveld.

In Torben’s speech at the lunch, he took a little moment to review the history of our ships’ growth in size which naturally follows the growth in trade. He spoke about how we with new technology, customers and partners take our responsibility for the climate seriously in the longer term, and he mentioned our preparations for future customs formalities.

Finally, Pernille Andersen presented Captain Kim Carlsson with the memorial coin that was placed under the keel of the ship when it was built. According to tradition, this is done for good luck to the crew and ship at sea.

The whole event concluded with a tour of Humbria Seaways.


Torben Carlsen, Pernille Andersen, Kim Carlsson and Orpheus Kekus


Godmother Pernille Andersen


Smiles and applauding as the champagne bottle smashed against the hull naming Humbria Seaways


Guests and colleagues had the opportunity to feel the overwhelming size of Humbria Seaways


Getting a first-hand impression of the bridge onboard Humbria Seaways

Man overboard on King was a false alarm

A major rescue operation was called off as the passenger who reported the man overboard incident withdrew his report. “The crew acted in an extremely professional manner,” Captain Flemming Langballe says

It will most likely have consequences which the passenger on board King Seaways had never imagined when he shortly after midnight on Thursday 21 February claimed he saw a person fall overboard on from King Seaways.

The ship was about 80 kilometres off Grimsby when Captain Flemming Langballe was informed. A lifebuoy with lights was thrown into the sea, and the captain decided to make a so-called Williamson turn, which is a manoeuvre that turns the ship around to follow the same course in the opposite direction towards the location of the incident. The UK rescue authorities were alerted and participated in the search with a helicopter. Nearby ships also participated in the search with their man-over-board boats.

“Later on, however, the man who caused the alarm withdrew his report. We used the PA system to check if other passengers had seen anything and after confirming that they had not, we agreed with MRCC Humber to call off the search,” Flemming Langballe says.

The rescue authorities reported the incident to the UK police and to the Danish police (the ship sailed under Danish flag, and the incident took place in international waters). Due to good wind conditions, the arrival in Ijmuiden was only delayed by 45 minutes.

“I am extremely proud of the way the crew dealt with the incident.  Alba Severinsen, Floor manager, received the alarm and informed the bridge where the officer on duty, Dmytro Degtyarenko, at once initiated the necessary manoeuvres – even before I arrived on the bridge. Patrick Spang Sørensen, Chief Officer, took swift action and gave me the necessary information to carry out the operation, and Robert Bately, Commercial Head, interviewed the person who had reported the incident, and he also quickly communicated it when it proved to be a false alarm.  In fact, all crew members did a fantastic job. They took responsibility and acted fast when it was needed. They clearly demonstrated the benefits of the many on-board emergency drills,”  Flemming Langballe says.

Ficaria Seaways in Storm Ciara

Captain Lars Skjold-Hansen has shared some impressive pictures of Ficaria Seaways during Storm Ciara.

Lars says: “This weekend powerful supercharged Storm Ciara brought massive waves and mighty tail wind to Ficaria Seaways and accelerated our crossing time to only 23 hours 40 minutes, making it probably a new record for the fastest crossing ever on Immingham-Gothenburg. Sailing normally scheduled to 27 hours. Thank you to the crew for a phenomenal job done.”

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: