Newbuilding for the Baltics on sea trial

Just look at these fantastic photos of our newbuilding on sea trial.

As you might know, sea trials are conducted to test and validate the equipment and systems. At Guangzhou Shipyard International in China, it is customary to conduct two sea trials. The first sea trial is to test main functions, machinery, propulsion systems etc. The second is considered an acceptance trial, verifying that all systems are functional and that contractual speed requirements can be achieved. As seen in the pictures, the first sea trial happened before applying the final coating which will be done before the final sea trial.  

We look forward to seeing her in full DFDS livery and welcome her home to Europe later this year. It is certain that this beauty will get to create many fine experiences for our passengers when it is deployed in one of your Baltic routes. Thank you to Jens Monk Green Bro for sharing the pictures with us. 

Farewell Gothia Seaways, welcome Acacia Seaways

Last week, we sold our ferry ‘Gothia Seaways’ to Luxembourg-based CLdN. At the same time, we acquired the freight ferry ‘Meleq’ from CLdN which we have named Acacia Seaways.

Last Thursday 15 April, we said farewell to Gothia Seaways that was acquired by CldN and will be renamed Maxine. The handover was officially marked at a flag change ceremony where Captain Andrej Oreshko and crew lowered the Lithuanian flag on board Gothia Seaways. Afterwards the new Captain from CLdN raised the Isle of Man flag.

However, the day after a new ferry, Meleq, joined the fleet from CLdN. Meleq is a very well-known class as she is a sister ship to our ferries Gardenia Seaways and Tulipa Seaways. Each is 210m long and has capacity for 262 trailers with a load space of 4,076 metres.

The acquisition was marked with a flag change ceremony where our crew hoisted the Lithuanian flag marking the delivery.

The new ferry was named Acacia Seaways and joins the group of ferries known as the flower vessels which are all built at the German shipyard, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.

Maxine has been chartered back to DFDS for continued service in DFDS’ Baltic network during April-May and is expected to join DFDS’s new Calais – Sheerness freight-only service scheduled to commence on 1 June. Acacia Seaways has been chartered back for continued operation on CLdN’s Zeebrugge-Purfleet-Esbjerg route.

Dining on board Côte d’Opale

As Chinese New Year fell on our production yard in Weihai earlier this month, those working on the Côte d’Opale got a well-deserved rest. They’ve earned it as their hard work has meant the ship is almost 90% complete. 

As one of the largest ships on the Channel, the Côte d’Opale is well equipped for post-covid travel. It will offer a choice of dining options with plenty of space to enjoy a meal onboard while socially distancing. 

Those who set sail on the Côte d’Opale will have the pleasure of an inclusive meal on every crossingFor light bites, the Lighthouse Café will offer sandwiches, bean-to-cup coffee and too good to resist cakes. A range of French dishes inspired by regional ingredients such as Magret de Canard and Tartiflette will be available in our 7 Seas restaurant. Alongside these, classic options for breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be available, with a special children’s menu.

For more exclusive experiencethe Premium Lounge is a relaxing space with complimentary refreshments, prosecco and stunning sea views. The Relax Lounge will be a haven for weary travellers, with personal pods for passengers to rest their heads on their journey. 

Not forgetting our freight drivers, the dedicated Road Kings Lounge will give drivers a filling meal and a place to rest while they take a break from their hard work. Our premium facilities for freight drivers also include hot showers and a quiet lounge for them to sleep while they sail. 

With sea-views, spacious seating and delicious dishes, we’re expecting the Côte d’Opale to be a hit! 

Read more about Côte d’Opale here.

The Lighthouse Café will offer a light, airy space to enjoy a bite to eat, with large windows offering sea views.

The 7 Seas restaurant will offer a range of hot and cold meals to enjoy at any time of day.

The Premium Lounge will offer comfortable seating, complimentary refreshments and 
a relaxed environment to spend a peaceful sailing.

Scandia Seaways’ first day of work

Scandia SeawaysHollandia Seaways and Tulipa Seaways all caught in one shot at VlaardingenThank you to Paul Lammers for sharing. 

After a successful maiden voyage, Scandia Seaways arrived in Vlaardingen on 8 February. Since then, work has gone into preparing the 6,700 lane metre freight ferry for the day she hits the route. Yesterday, it was finally that day. A busy crew ensured a smooth loading and made her ready for her first sailing on our Rotterdam – Immingham route. 

Scandia Seaways took over from Humbria Seaways that will go to our Gothenburg – Ghent route.   

This marks a special milestone where all six mega freight ferries from Jinling Shipyard are in service throughout our route network.   

Please enjoy some great photos of Scandia in Vlaardingen shared by Paul Lammers, Route Operations Manager in Vlaardingen.

Fire on board Gallipoli Seaways

Update: *Fire suppressed and cooling started*

On 11 February, our freight ferry Gallipoli Seaways, sailing from the Pendik Port of Istanbul to the Trieste Port of Italy, was passing from the exit of Dardanelles Strait when a fire broke out in one of the vehicles on the main deck of the ship for reasons currently unknown.

The crew intervened immediately and the fire was taken under control. Rescuers and support vessels were informed and are currently escorting the vessel.

There were no injuries or casualties caused by the fire. In addition, there are no environmental leaks from the vessel and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the authorities.

On 12 February, some fires through out the morning have appeared in different units, however, it is under control and the fire fighter teams are continuing to extinguish with foam to spotted areas.

We are following the developments and fully cooperating with the authorities.

What’s new, Scandia Seaways?

Alongside in Singapore during loading of stores, provision and bunkering on 16 January.

Captain Joakim Dahlberg and his crew are currently leading our newest mega freight ferry, Scandia Seaways, home to Europe.

With low bandwidth, they can sadly only share a limited amount during the voyage. Luckily, the captain has recently shared a little update and some photos showing some of the things that they are experiencing.

Please enjoy and thank you to Joakim for sending us pictures. We wish the captain and the entire crew a safe journey.

Sailing down the Yangtze river. Passing tanker Fure Vinga, delivered about the same time as Scandia Seaways. Our captain and crew shared quarantine hotel with its crew.

Dolphins passing Sri Lanka on 20 January.

Personal protective gear, and sandbags on the bridge in place prior to reaching the HRA – High Risk Area of Aden Bay.

Dawn in the Indian Ocean.

Security guards boarding from their accommodation vessel “Menkar” before we sail in to the “High risk area” around the Horn of Africa.

Interested in Scandia Seaways’ precise location? Click here.

Côte D’Opale vs Calais Seaways

A quick look at how the ferries compare with each other.

As we look forward to welcoming the Côte D’Opale this summer, here is a quick look at how she compares to the much-loved Calais Seaways which she will replace on our Dover to Calais route. 

Built in 1991 and upgraded in 2013, Calais Seaways is a familiar ship on the Channel routes. She has seen families embark on unforgettable summer holidays, couples set sail on memorable minibreaks and countless truck drivers bring vital supplies to our shoresUnfortunately she is reaching the end of her life and will be replaced with the Côte D’Opale. 

The familiar restaurants, Premium Lounge and children’s play area will all be available onboard, with a refreshed interior design. A brand-new Duty Free shop will be open too for our customers to browse and indulge in some retail therapy. We will also have our dedicated Road Kings area exclusively for truck drivers so they can enjoy a meal, a rest and a shower before their onward journey. 

The Côte D’Opale will boast more space onboard for customers to relax, refresh and refuel before their arrival in France and she will be more environmentally friendly too. Her diesel engines will use less fuel and her sleek hull design will drive two propellers that give the ship a service speed of 20-22 knots. 

Take a look at the specifications below to see how the two ships compare.  

Scandia Seaways departs from Jinling

Goodbye for now, Jinling Shipyard. After three and a half years, Scandia Seaways, the sixth and final mega freight ferry, could finally set course towards Singapore and afterwards Europe. This marks the conclusion of an extensive project that saw the delivery of Ephesus Seaways, Troy Seaways, Hollandia Seaways, Humbria Seaways, Flandria Seaways and now Scandia Seaways.

From left:  Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen, Frane Pilic and Michael Klysner.

Frane Pilic, who led our dedicated and fantastic site team supported by our own Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen and Michael Klysner were there to say farewell to Scandia Seaways and the crew. 

For close to five years, the management of this huge project has lied in the hands of Senior Project Manager Jens Peter Baltsersen. He says: It’s my pleasure to confirm that after a successful flag change Saturday afternoon as well as the completion of the last tests and bunkering, Scandia Seaways left the Jinling Shipyard Sunday morning at 09.58.”

“Captain Joakim Dahlberg, Chief Engineer Mads Jonsen and crew are now heading towards Singapore to pick up onboard stores, provision and spare parts. After that they will continue to Europe through the Suez Canal. I wish them a great and safe journey.” 

From the flag change ceremony.

Delivery of Scandia Seaways

By Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuilding & Major Conversions.

This month it is five years ago we visited the Jinling Shipyard for the very first time where we initiated the discussions on our mega freight ferry project. That was the beginning of a long journey between the yard and DFDS.

Today, on 6 January, we have taken delivery of the sixth and final ferry in the series named Scandia Seaways. Our crew will now take the vessel home to “our” waters, where she will join three of her sisters and be put into service in our North Sea network. Therefore, this will also be a goodbye to Jinling Shipyard, but maybe followed by a “see you again” another time. This project marked the first time DFDS built vessels in China on our own. We have gathered huge experience and knowledge on how to execute shipbuilding projects in China including both “do’s and don’t’s” and also some lessons learned. All this will contribute to us being very well prepared next time. However, even though we are now finished at Jinling Shipyard, it is not at all goodbye to China. We have still three ferries under construction, i.e. the COTE D’OPALE on the shipyard in Weihai and two Ro-Pax’es for Baltic Sea on GSI in Guangzhou.

Successful but different delivery
On site we had Jeppe and Michael in place together with the shipyard. Ole Færge, Jesper Hartvig Nielsen, Jens Peter Baltsersen and Jesper Aagesen joined the closing meeting via Teams. Taking delivery of ships via a computer screen is not exactly the same as being on site, but these days this is what is possible. However, we are looking forward to visit China again as soon as possible.

From today’s closing meeting and signing ceremony.

Thank you
Last but not at least I would like to express my sincere thanks to our great site team on Jinling Shipyard for their huge efforts during the construction since the production start in August 2017. It has not at all been an easy job and you have from time to time had to navigate in troubled waters. Most of the site team members came from the external company OSM and did a great and dedicated job on behalf of DFDS. Furthermore, we have had Jeppe H. Pedersen and Michael Klysner based at Jinling Shipyard since 2017 and they have in cooperation with Senior Project Manager Jens Peter Baltsersen and the project team in Copenhagen also done a fantastic job throughout the project with the highest degree of enthusiasm.

The journey home begins
Our crew arrived to China in December and had to take 14 days of hotel quarantine, but all were out of quarantine before New Year. In the coming days the crew will make the ferry ready for the delivery voyage (via Singapore) and a flag change from China to Denmark will also take place. We expect the ferry to leave the shipyard by the end of this week and are looking forward to welcoming here in Northern Europe in beginning of February.

Finlandia Seaways re-flagged

In November, we shared the news of a new agreement with the Danish military on providing ship capacities for sea transport of military equipment over the next six years. As a result of this, Finlandia Seaways would join the Ark cooperation and Ark Futura leave it.

Prior to joining the Ark fleet from 1 January 2021, Finlandia Seaways needed to reflag from the Lithuanian flag to the Danish flag. This was done today, on 18 December, at a ceremony where the crew of Finlandia Seaways hoisted the Danish flag for the first time.

Sixth mega freight ferry on sea trial

Winter has come to Jinling Shipyard in China, but the biting cold will not prevent the site team from ensuring that we get a brand-new ferry in the beginning of next year.
With a snow-covered weather deck, the sixth and final mega freight ferry departed from the shipyard for sea trial this morning at 07:15 local time. This is the last sea trial in the massive Jinling newbuilding project that consisted of an order of six new 6,700 lane metre freight ferries with the capacity for 450 trailers.
Under realistic conditions, the site team together with Peter Kornum, Michael Kristiansen and Stefan Börgesson fromDFDS will evaluate and oversee performance regarding speed, maneuverability, equipment, systems, and safety to ensure that everything is operating normally before delivery.
She is expected to return to the shipyard on 19 December.
Thank you to Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager, for sharing the picture of the mega freight ferry on the Yangtze River.

Ark-agreement causes fleet changes

We were recently able to post the great news that we had entered into a new agreement with the Danish military on providing ship capacities for sea transport of military equipment over the next six years (see the full article here).

We have often reported on the activities carried out by the Ark ships, not least by Ark Futura, and colleagues have asked whether this means that Ark Futura, which has been part of this cooperation for many years and participated in several exciting missions, will still be part of it.

The answer is no. “Ark Futura will leave the Ark cooperation during December 2020, and this has triggered a reshuffle in the fleet. This means that Magnolia Seaways and Finlandia Seaways will join the Ark fleet.

“To do so, Finlandia Seaways will be reflagged from the Lithuanian flag to the Danish flag from January 2021. The Lithuanian crew members will all be offered to continue as crew members on other Lithuania-flagged vessels as they will be replaced by Danish crew members on Finlandia,” he says.

Magnolia Seaways will enter the Ark fleet in 2022.

“There will be no further flag or crew changes and, as stated, all affected crew members will maintain their employment at DFDS – though on other ships.

“Fleet Management will now seek a solution for Ark Futura, which we will inform about as soon as we can. However, please notice that no crew member will lose his or her job as a result of this,” says Jesper Hartvig Nielsen, Head of ferry operations, equipment centre & terminal excellence, Fleet Management.

The ships that will be part of the Ark cooperation are thus Ark Dania, Ark Germania, Suecia Seaways, Magnolia Seaways, Britannia Seaways and Finlandia Seaways.

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 for the Baltics

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.