10,000 tons less CO2 with a coat of paint

We will reduce emissions by 45 % from 2008 to 2030 through upgrades to existing vessels. New hull coating on four of our new Jinling vessels is expected to reduce our annual C02 emissions by 10,000 tons.

DFDS’ short-term climate plan is about improving what we have in order to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030. Our main focus is on upgrading existing vessels.

During Q3, Troy, Ephesus, Hollandia and Humbria Seaways were docked to rectify issues with underwater parts. The EMT was very positive to using this opportunity to invest app. €2 million to upgrade the hull coating to a high performance coating, to reduce hull resistance. DFDS currently has a fleet-wide agreement with coating-solution manufacturer Hempel, and the vessels were upgraded to Hempaguard X7, a silicon-based coating.

“This paint will reduce water resistance and enable us to use less fuel. It gives the vessels a smooth surface below the waterline, so they glide like dolphins in the water. This simple but effective improvement is expected to reduce emissions on these four ships by about 4-6%, or 10,000 tons of CO2 per year,” says DFDS Technical Organisation VP Thomas Mørk.


“This expected reduction in CO2 equals what James Bond would emit if we took his brand new Aston Martin DBS for a ride…1050 times around the world,” Thomas says.

New department in Technical

In order to support DFDS’ strategic ambitions, Technical Organisation has established a new Performance Department. It will be managed by Lina Barsøe Rønn Christensen, who has, at the same time, been promoted to Performance Manager.

Lina’s primary tasks will be to enhance and improve our current monitoring systems that monitor vessels performance, and define and set new standards, including target settings to provide sufficient guidance and support for the Climate Action Plans in the coming year,” says Thomas Mørk, VP Technical Organisation. 

“She will ensure this is done in close collaboration with other departments, such as Data & Analytics, to ensure we use our operational data in the best possible way to drive continuous improvement. It also aims to reduce actions and behaviours that increase CO2 emissions. 

“In close cooperation with the CSR Team, Lina is also representing DFDS on various industry forumssuch as IMO and EU, where the standards for emissions for shipping in the coming years are being set. 

“Lina is without doubt the bestqualified professional we could find for this role. After finishing her Master’s thesis in naval architecture on evaluating the effects of retrofits, she has proven to be theoretically extremely well-grounded, straightforward and smart in finding new solutionseven when she is met with scepticism. She is also a great colleague to be around and work with, and I warmly congratulate both Lina on her promotion, and DFDS for being able to attract such talented people  

New images from the ramp installation on Gothia Seaways

About two months ago, we informed about the ramp installation project on Belgia Seaways and Gothia Seaways.

Now the installation has been finalised on both vessels. The new ramps will function both as weathertight decks and as driving ramps between Decks 2 and 3 meaning that now all decks can be loaded via the normal aft ramp instead of via an external ramp for Deck 3.

Superintendent Nicolai G. Andersen says: “The project was a successful cooperation between the Lithuanian technical organisation and the Copenhagen technical organisation. It was delivered timely from all stakeholders, included yard and ramp manufacturer, this despite the Corona situation in Europe, and it was completed in just eight months.”

Remontowa Shiprepair Yard made a very nice video about the ramp installation on Belgia Seaways which you can see here.

Reducing energy consumption by retrofit

Victoria Seaways and two MR tankers from Hafnia and Maersk Tankers are part of Green Ship of the Future’s Retrofit project.

Green Ship of the Future has released a report to show how retrofitting can result in significant reduction of energy consumption decreasing fuel consumption and emissions on board three vessels including Victoria Seaways. According to the project findings, this can be achieved through technology that is available today with a return of investment of less than three years.

Last week, Green Ship of the Future released a report that explores how retrofitting and the addition of new technology to older systems, can significantly reduce energy consumption on Victoria Seaways and two vessels from Hafnia and Maersk Tankers.

The report finds that Victoria Seaways can potentially achieve up to 11.1% reduction of fuel consumption by implementing new and proven technology that is easily implemented such as new propellers and new hull coating exemplified by Hempel in this report. All the suggested solutions were calculated towards an estimated payback time of three years to show the potential of making a green investment in a manner that minimizes operational cost and improve the potential of profitability.

It is also worth mentioning that the report states that it was a challenge to identify fuel saving solutions with a payback of less than three years and acknowledges Victoria’s dedicated crew, Superintendent Sergej Duriagin and DFDS’ Technical Organization for their high focus on optimizing the fleet as many of the suggested solutions were already implemented.

Share solutions and inspire other vessels
Rune Jørgensen Daae, Project Superintendent, says: “Projects like this are welcome eyeopeners for potential retrofits that can lower our environmental impact and present a good business case.

“It is positive to see there are still large savings to be made. We must continue to optimise our vessels to become even more sustainable, reduce operational costs and stay competitive, but also to ease the change to alternative energy sources. We hope this project will bring concrete saving potentials and inspire others to optimise their vessels.”

For a more in-depth and detailed look – see the full report here.

Testing new fuel performance programme

BU Med vessels to test advanced fuel saving system. The team implementing the fuel-saving programme – from the left: Hasan Göler, Operations Superintendent, Rune Daae, Project Superintendent, Lina Christensen, Naval Architect, Ahmet Ender, Performance Superintendent and Jacob Pedersen, Head of Projects & Implementation.


A big step in fuel efficiency for DFDS’ fleet is in sight, and Technical Organisation have exciting news to share.

Recently they began the implementation of a new Fuel Performance Program (FPP) on seven BU Med vessels.

The system is AI-based, and it is expected to lead to fuel savings of around 6% and up to 10% on each vessel. It supports decision making for the officers on the bridge, taking all factors affecting fuel performance into account: from wind and waves to speed, water depth and more.

Additionally, the system provides the operators with insight into exactly where the fuel is spent between those areas, automatically doing a large amount of analysis that is easy to work with and helps officers make efficiency adjustments.

Jacob Pedersen, Head of Projects & Implementation, says: “Making a fuel saving upgrade of this scale will have a great impact if implemented across DFDS’ fleet. It saves the environment from a substantial amount of emissions, in line with reaching IMO (International Maritime Organisation)’s 40% reduction by 2030 compared to 2008 numbers.”

“The FPP is a revolution in the way we work with fuel performance optimisation. It’s a combined program that connects output from simple, high frequency auto-logged sensor data with continuous back-office support.”

How the FPP works

1. Installation of sensors to continuously collect data without burying the crew in the tedious manual data collection work. New hardware and software will leverage the knowledge in the collected data.

2. New decision support tools on board the vessels to dynamically advise on the optimum speed, route and trim to minimise the fuel consumption during the voyage.

3. Data will be used ashore for decision support as well as to evaluate the continuous improvements that are constantly carried out and to ensure that good practices are shared fleet wide.

Lina Christensen, Naval Architect, says: “Today we do performance monitoring differently across the fleet. The FPP is meant to standardise our approach, transforming DFDS into one of the most connected and AI influenced ship operators in the world. We have great collaboration with colleagues in the Mediterranean fleet, and this is an optimal region to start in because of their well-developed fuel reporting already in place.”

The work is carried out in close collaboration between Projects & Implementations, BU Med and the crews onboard the vessels. P&I and BU Med will evaluate the collected data and give an update on the testing and the further scope of the project at a later date.

Coronavirus: How DFDS addresses it on board

We are monitoring the situation closely and follow the recommendations of the various health authorities to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent spreading of viruses on board our ferries. Currently, we encourage everyone on board to:

1: Wash your hands regularly and disinfect them with sanitizers that are placed on board.

2: Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Please discard the tissue into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

3: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

4: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people if you feel sick, are coughing, sneezing or have a fever. In general avoid physical contact.

5: We also require DFDS’ passenger ferries to keep a supply of approximately 50 face masks on board

6: If a person reports to the DFDS staff with symptoms of Coronavirus (respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties) AND this person has been in an area with presumed community transmission of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, OR has been in contact with a person who has been in an area with presumed community transmission of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, OR has been in contact with a person with confirmed Coronavirus, the following procedures should be followed:

  1. The person must be isolated in a cabin or in a car until arrival.
  2. The person must wear a face mask, all staff attending to the person must also wear face masks.
  3. Designated person and crewing department must be alerted.
  4. Health authorities ashore must be alerted.

Presumed community transmission of COVID-19 currently includes countries such as China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. The UK health authorities also include the other South East Asia countries in the list.

Please see the updated links and recommendations of the health authorities via the links below.

The further contingency measures on board will be made in close cooperation with the health authorities.

Additional guidance

For additional guidance, please see WHO’s Q&A on Coronavirus  (or check for similar in your respective home countries):












The Netherlands:

The UK:

You are also welcome to ask questions in the comment field below this article or visit you country’s website.

Projects & Implementation is ready to support

Some of you might not know, but DFDS has a team ready to support vessels and crews all over the DFDS network. The team is called Projects & Implementation and works as a part of Technical Organisation with developments and implementation of solutions in relation to our fleet’s performance, maintenance and safety.

Jacob Mygind Pedersen is Head of Projects & Implementation and manages the team of nine. He says: “One of our main purposes is to support the very high competence levels of the crews. We are very privileged at DFDS because the crews on our vessels are incredible at making independent decisions and it is our job to support their ability to act by providing them with tools and support that increase insight into the vessel’s operating conditions.”

Projects & Implementation consists of two smaller teams. The Projects & Performance Team overviews the on-going initiatives and projects in the fleet that improve the internal knowledge-sharing in the organisation and among the vessels. One of the team’s main tasks is finding solutions to reduce vessel fuel consumption and environmental footprint. To achieve this, the team is developing tools that provide standardised and qualified insight into vessel performance through internal reporting and system analysis.

The Sertica Fleet Support Team supports the vessels and vessel stakeholders with matters related to one of the fleet management tools, Sertica. Support covers implementation on our vessels, contribution to the development of Sertica, and facilitating training for our colleagues at sea.

Projects & Implementation are always ready to help you if you need any kind of support in relation to the vessels or if you have suggestions in relation to Sertica or the vessels.

You can contact Jacob Pedersen on japed@dfds.com.

Prototyping wireless data transfer for ships

Jacob Mygind Pedersen has developed a wireless sensor data system for use on ships. It communicates with an on-board device developed by the Smart Data team that collects useful data and then sends it to the team when at the quay.


A new prototype for onboard wireless data transfer has just been installed for testing on Ark Dania, and it has a unique job to do.

Pulling signal cables for large ships is a lot of work and can be costly, and conventional radio data transfer does not work in the radio-hostile environment inside a ship. So how do you make the task of data transfer both simpler and cheaper for our ferries? The answer could very well lie in the combination of long-range radio (LoRa), Internet of Things (IoT) technology and edge computing.

Jacob Mygind Pedersen, Head of Projects & Implementation, Technical Organisation and the Smart Data team have developed the prototype. Jacob says: “This is much more than ‘just’ the world’s first maritime LoRa-based sensor data system; we’re including the ships in the digital strategy. It makes it easy and cost-effective to pull in data from all sorts of systems on board, to visualise these for the crew, send data between systems and log the data for later analysis onshore. We can optimise operations and explore possibilities for automating reporting requirements, hence limiting the growing administrative requirements from our ships.”

The Smart Data team has developed a data logger that connects to the sensor data infrastructure and receives the wireless transmission. A fast and stable internet connection is out of reach for most of a ship’s journey, making direct streaming of data for analysis unfeasible.

Martin Morset, Data Engineer in Smart Data, says: “We have deployed an IoT (Internet of Things) device running edge computing software on Dania, with the installation done by Jacob. The idea is to have a device on board the vessel that can save useful data during voyages and send it wirelessly to a cloud-based storage system when the vessel is at the quay. The idea is that the same piece of software can be reused across multiple vessels and be deployed simultaneously without anyone having to physically board the vessel.”

He adds: “The Smart Data team continuously evaluates and executes optimisation and automation use cases through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the business. By digitising our physical assets, we make it possible to also use our expertise to run optimisation projects on our vessels.”

Michael Stig is Designated Person

Michael Stig, to the right, took over the role as Designated Person from Thomas Mørk, to the left, at the beginning of the year

When we wrote about the recent change in management, we told that VP Thomas Mørk will report to Torben Carlsen in his role as Designated Person. However, Thomas Mørk passed on the baton as designated person to Michael Stig at the beginning of the year.

This is the structure:

Michael Stig is director of Marine Standards. In this role he reports to Thomas Mørk who reports to Peder Gellert, EVP of the Ferry Division.

Michael Stig is also designated Person for the Danish flagged fleet (The responsible person for DFDS’ safety and security standards towards the Danish Maritime Authorities. In this role he reports to Niels Smedegaard, and to Torben Carlsen when Torben officially takes over as CEO.

New superintendent in Technical Organisation

Dear all,

It is a great pleasure to announce, that Allan Kaae Jensen has agreed to move on to new challenges shore side as superintendent in Technical Organisation as of 1 March 2019.

Allan commenced his career in DFDS in 1996 and has a long and distinguished track record with DFDS, building up the true DFDS DNA, living and breathing the DFDS Way. Besides from that he is extremely technical well founded, 41 years old, and a really fun and pleasant gentlemen.

Allan comes from a position on Pearl Seaways as Chief Engineer.

After a thorough introduction and docking of Ark Germania in April, Allan will take over the responsibility for Germania and Dania and be based in Head quarters West (Esbjerg).

Please help me in welcoming Allan to the DFDS Dream Team. I am confident that you will have a long and great cooperation with him.

Best regards / Med venlig hilsen

Thomas Mørk, Vice President Technical Organisation

Changes in the Bunkers Department

Technical Organisation and the Bunkers Department are happy to introduce a new and optimised bunkers care team to ensure there is always the correct quantity and quality of bunkers on board our vessels.

Martin Fuglsang Knudsen joined the team on 1 July 2018 from a position as a bunkers and cargo surveyor at Saybolt Denmark where he had been for six years. With a background as Chief Officer on various vessel types including tankers, Martin brings a sound knowledge about bunkers surveys to the department.

Bunkers surveyor and Chief Engineer Niklas Öhrn has been serving on most of the Danish–flagged DFDS ro-ro vessels as a Chief Engineer since 2007. He joined the bunkers care team on 1 May 2018.

Besides the two new team members, the team consists of bunkers surveyor and Chief Engineer Tonny Lucas and Technical Superintendent Nicolai Andersen, who heads the team.

In autumn 2018, Tonny Lucas will return to sailing in the Danish-flagged DFDS fleet, but for the next couple of months he will ensure a thorough handover to the new team members. A warm thanks to Tonny for his engagement and great customer service.

The bunkers care team also focuses on consulting internally on bunkers-related matters for various stakeholders such as vessels, superintendents, Fleet & Chartering, and Procurement.

Group Procurement is responsible for the contracts, supplier selection and claims handling to do with bunkers. It is managed by Manisha Mathur, Senior Category Manager in Strategic Procurement, while ordering of bunkers goes through Operational Procurement, headed by Pernille Hüls Dyrmose.


Please join me in welcoming our new team members.


Best regards,

Nicolai Andersen

Technical Superintendent in the Bunkers Department

Safety: DFDS will test new IT too​l for analysing daily work on ships

Jakob Lynge, Marine Standards says: “We are constantly looking at opportunities to improve and develop our safety on board, so we will gladly assist them by enabling them to test the system on our ships. The data, which the system can collect and systematise,  will show us what works well in the daily work and what does not – and thus we will know where to focus our improvement efforts.

The Danish IT Group KMD has invested in the Danish start-up company Scoutbase, which aims to improve safety at sea with a new digital tool for preventing accidents. It will be tested on DFDS’ ships, and the Scoutbase team have already carried out interviews with ship managements on Ark Futura, Ark Dania and Fionia Seaways – and will also do so on Pearl Seaways in the coming weeks.

“They aim to investigate what kind of data we collect from daily work, how we collect it and what we use it for  and they will also need to build op knowledge about our work and organisation so they can complete the tool. When the system is fully developed, we expect that it can systematise large amounts of data on daily work on board. This will hopefully enable us to analyse the work on board and to highlight the challenges that seafarers face in daily work: what works really well – and what does not work so well and has a negative effect on health or safety risks on board. This gives us far better opportunities for creating improvements and preventing accidents and injuries,” says Jakob Lynge, Marine Standards.

DFDS is involved in both the research and pilot phase, which is the actual test on board.

DFDS learns about drones and digital technologies at exciting event on Funen

At a ‘reverse shark tank’ event on Funen, DFDS presented technological challenges for which a number of high-tech companies suggested solutions. “This could be a first step towards new, fruitful cooperations or partnerships,” says Mads Bentzen Billesø.

DFDS is actively monitoring the development of new technologies which could benefit our business. For this reason, Mads Bentzen Billesø from our Technical Organisation participated in a ‘Reverse Shark Tank’ event organised in cooperation with UAS Denmark and the Maritime Cluster Funen.

Inspired by the shark tank concept on television (in Danish: Løvens hule), DFDS presented a range of technical challenges to be discussed and solved using new technologies, or, rather, how the 10 technology companies at the event thought the challenges could be solved.

“It turned out to be an extremely exciting event with highly competent ideas and solutions. The companies were able to suggest concrete solutions, including the use of drones for inspecting ships, as well as ideas for smart future use of technology and data. This was followed by open discussions which made us all a lot wiser,” says Mads.

“Many of the companies are active in fields very different from maritime ones, but they offer solutions that, with minor adjustments, could be applied to ships, e.g. use of drones, IoT, machine learning, vision technology and improved connectivity,” he says.

Some of the solutions that were identified and new possible partnerships are already being explored further. “It became clear that the technology companies each possess skills and expertise that are unique and which we and other shipping and maritime companies will be able to benefit from through the development of partnerships. I am convinced that the enhanced use of partnerships will be the way forward for the development, testing and introduction of the new high-tech tools and solutions,” he concludes.

A similar event is being planned for the Marcod maritime technology cluster in Northern Jutland.

Testing hull paint with digital tools

In Technical Organisation they have recently launched Project Smooth Ship to ensure that we have the best possible hull coatings on our ships. Paint can be of great importance for ships- water resistance and fuel consumption. Over the past years, Technical Organisation has carried out an extensive auto-logged data collection on our vessels. Four ships will be included in the scope of the project, each of which will test a different type of paint from different suppliers over the next years.

Regina Seaways was in dock over Christmas and New Year, where she was painted with a special paint which should be more resistant to algae and creatures that usually stick to the hull and thereby increase the ship’s water resistance. Selandia, Magnolia and Petunia are to be painted during the summer.

“The aim of the project is to build an internal knowledge database so that, looking ahead, we can have a more data driven decision-making on which paint best suits the type of ship. There are many factors we need to take into account, and bringing the advantage of DFDS big data into play in combination with machine learning, can help us identify paint performance trends and coating degradation. For example, the paint must be tested in relation to the operation, depending on which waters the ship is sailing in, what speed, how long it is in port and many other factors. Choosing the optimal paint type and identifying at what point it’s beneficial to clean the ship hull will eventually reduce our fuel consumption and damage to hulls,” says Jacob Rebien Johannesen, naval architect, Technical Organisation.


Channel ships start annual docking period

The annual docking of Delft, Dunkerque and Dover Seaways includes replacement of their nine tonnes heavy  main bow door hinge arms as well as  completion of main engine gearbox overhaul.

The annual maintenance and dry-docking period commenced for the Channel vessels for an 8-week period at the Damen Dunkerque shipyard on 8 January.

During this time the D Class vessels [Dunkerque, Delft and Dover Seaways] will spend 10 days in dock for replacement of the main bow door hinge arms, each weighing some nine tonnes, completion of main engine gearbox overhaul and painting of two complete freight decks. The C Class vessels [Côte des Dunes and Côte des Flandres] will follow the D Class ships for a 10-day docking. Their main propeller blades will be changed to a new design to match the vessels’ scheduled service speed and give a significant reduction in fuel consumption. The dockings will be completed when Calais Seaways goes in for a seven-day period for routine work and main engine overhaul.

In the commercial passenger areas, new tills and shop display units are being fitted on all vessels and for our freight customers, completely refurbished shower facilities will be fitted on four vessels.

“The refit programme is being co-ordinated by the UK and French technical teams to ensure that the full programme of work is delivered and vessels redelivered to the Channel Business unit as scheduled,” writes Nigel Cureton, Fleet Group Manager UK & France, Technical Organisation.





Crown gets facelift

It is January, and hence it is also the low season for some of our passenger ships. As a result, Crown has been taken out of operation on the Copenhagen – Oslo route, and on the first of January she sailed towards the island of Funen to take a well-deserved break from everyday life at Fayard, where she will be staying until 23 January.

“Pearl was branded with the new logo a couple of years ago, so it makes sense for Crown to be given the same beautiful color. In addition, there are a number of major things that need to be upgraded, such as all the Commodore Balcony cabins, which will be completely refurbished with a contemporary interior. The conference centre will have a new lounge area, which will hopefully enable a better customer flow,” says Route Director Kim Heiberg, adding that the Marco Polo restaurant is being refurbished and getting a new interior.

Of course, we will bring you more pictures when Crown is back in operation. On 24 January, Crown and Pearl will be side by side in Copenhagen in their matching colors. This will be a rare sight, which we look forward to sharing with you.

Thanks to Moshe Poulsen, Steen Haurum, Jarl Holst and Michael Kjøller Jensen for the amazing pictures.


The paint is removed, so the ship can be branded in the new DFDS color.


The future at sea is by air: Wireless data transfer technology can pave the way for new digital trends

Civil engineer Jens Andresen of DEVELCO in Aarhus and Jacob Pedersen, Technical Organisation,  on board Ark Dania  where they placed the LoRa transmitters to investigate the opportunities in the LoRa wireless data transmission technology to speed up digitisation of ships and ship operation.


Jacob Mygind Pedersen from Technical Organisation – Projects has spent two days with the Aarhus engineering company DEVELCO on board Ark Dania to find out if a brand-new signal transfer technology can be used on board ships. The potential is vast. Read more about the exciting LoRa technology below. 

By Jacob Mygind Pedersen

LoRa (Long Range Radio) has been developed to transmit the data of the Internet of Things around the smart cities of the future where everything communicates and contributes to large amounts of data (big data). But why not use the technology to transmit sensor data on board and to and from ships – such as  sending emission data directly and continuously to the authorities – localise trailers in the terminals or start and stop pumps and other equipment without the need for expensive cables?

I considered these questions after reading about this technology online. In line with the general DFDS strategy to haul our on-board systems down the information highway in order to analyse and work smarter with our data, the project department moved quickly to implement their ideas. They were spurred on by the low-priced compact devices easily retrofitted on a vast array of systems capable of receiving and transmitting all current types of digital and analogue signals.

The challenge at sea has always been the many tonnes of steel that can block wireless signals. The tests on board Dania indicated that the LoRa signals can travel unobstructed despite the steel barrier. As part of the test, sensor data from the bow thruster room was transmitted to a LoRa gateway on the bridge and despite 0.02 W transmitting power, the data was successfully sent through steel, cargo, air and the windows of the bridge to the gateway.

DFDS are pioneers

Why haven’t we started using this technology a long time ago and why haven’t we purchased devices for installation on frequency converters, lights, GPS, AIS, trailers and other things? Well, the answer is simple: These devices do not exist yet. We are the first to conceive of this technology in a maritime context and if we want to use it, we first must develop the components.

In this way we are once again the proven frontrunners of the digital world and it is up to us to lead the development. We are the only ones who can. We are also more than happy to take the lead in cooperation with our partners but if we want to be at the front, we must run faster than everybody else because no-one will carry us.

The Dania test has shown us the potential of this technology. The entire ship can be covered and neither steel in deck or bulkheads nor the worst noisemakers in the engine room could keep the data from reaching preselected locations onboard. We have the blueprints for devices capable of receiving and transmitting all sorts of signals and our next step is to flesh out the production.


Successful Officers’ Seminar at Klithuset

In November, Henrik Holck, EVP of People & Ships, had  invited about 100 colleagues –  chief engineers and captains from Danish flagged ships and colleagues ashore from People & Ships –  to attend an Officers’ Seminar at Lauritzen’s beautiful property Klithuset in North Zealand. The participants were split between 8 November and on 21 November but enjoyed the same programme.


Henrik welcomed the participants on both days and Peder Gellert offered an overview of how the group and the shipping company are performing on 8 November, while Niels Smedegaard delivered the overview on 21 November. Niels also talked about the work being done to define and communicate the purpose of DFDS. We will hear more about this in future. The programme was very diverse and included both external and internal speakers. We heard from Technical Organisation (Thomas Mørk), the Newbuildings Department and its projects (Jesper Aagesen), insurance (Kim Chalmer Rasmussen), crewing and international trends (external partners), the financial circumstances in our Vessel Pool (Jarl Holst and Magdalena Kurszok), and finally we were updated on the ballast water situation (Jeppe Guld).


“As usual it was a great seminar with excellent contributions and not least good discussions and many relevant questions,” Henrik Holck says.







Augmented reality: Watch video about how it works

Last week we wrote about a test of a new tool called Augmented Reality  – a digitally improved reality with layers of information added to a 3D image of the engine. The test was carried out by MAN on an auxiliary engine on Petunia Seaways, and now MAN sent a video showing how the tool works.  While Second Engineer Stefan Börgesson  loosens a bolt on the auxiliary engine of Petunia Seaways you can see how he is getting accurate instructions from the 3D image of the engine and the tool through his digital glasses.

“It is an awesome technology. When developed to a higher level, it will merge the physical and the digital tools and make it much easier to give engineers proper instructions, says Jacob Petersen, Project Manager, Technical Organisation.

Augmented Reality: DFDS in the first row in MAN test of new digital technology

Brave new world: Second Engineer Stefan Börgesson loosens a bolt on the auxiliary engine of Petunia Seaways while he is getting accurate instructions from the 3D image of the engine and the tool through his digital glasses. This is Augmented Reality that merges physical and digital tools. DFDS was asked to test it for the developer MAN.

Try to imagine that you are repairing an engine. And while doing it, you are wearing digital glasses, showing you an accurate 3D image of the engine with the bolt you need to loosen highlighted so you can easily find it. On the image you can also see the bolt moving while you are loosening it physically on the engine. In addition to this, the 3D image allows you to see what happens in the interior of the engine when you loosen the bolt.

This is Augmented Reality – a digitally improved reality with layers of information added to a 3D image of the engine. This makes up a manual as you have never seen it before, and a far more efficient one than the usual paper version. “However, it is merely a shadow of what you can use this technology for in the future,” Augmented Reality will have many additional uses in the future,” predicts Jacob Petersen, Project Manager, Technical Organisation.

“Engine manufacturer MAN is developing the tool and they have asked us to participate in a development test on an auxiliary engine on Petunia Seaways. Even though the tool is still being developed, it was an eye-opening experience – not least for Second Engineer Stefan Börgesson who was carrying out the test. “ he says.

“It was extremely accurate. It is an awesome technology. When developed to a higher level, it will merge the physical and the digital tools and make it much easier to give engineers proper instructions.

“Interaction between head office, ships and manufacturers is key. This is the first time I have experienced such close contact with the developers. It was great to interact with the people from MAN who are developing the equipment. We guided each other in the right direction,” says Jacob.

We will be back with more when MAN has completed a video about the test.

Crown Seaways has scrubber fitted

The scrubbers at the Remontowa yard in January 2015

There were no plans originally to fit scrubbers on the four large passenger ships, even though they are greatly affected by the sulphur rules and the more expensive low-sulphur marine diesel. There wasn’t enough space in the engine rooms for the scrubbers, which are often very large.

But things changed when DFDS had a quotation from a South Korean company that had developed a particularly compact scrubber. In January 2015, installation of four of these scrubbers began on Crown Seaways, one on each main engine, at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland.

“Unfortunately, the project could not be completed during docking, as piping, electrical systems and approvals from the supplier had not been received. And as we came to realise over the following months that the whole scrubber would have to be rebuilt and modified to get it to work, we ended the collaboration,” says Superintendent Steen Haurum of Technical Organisation.

At the end of 2015, Crown’s first engineers, Sonnich Christensen and Allan Falch Ranum, were appointed to manage the project with regards to everything to do with design, piping, electrical systems, cables, plus control and monitoring systems. They made things happen. In January 2016, the exhaust system was renewed and in February-March, large parts of the piping systems were changed.

From Easter 2017, things progressed quickly to get the final scrubber design completed – with the entire internal apparatus, sprinkler pattern, inspection hatches, measuring equipment, funnel design and – not least – documentation and approvals.

“It meant that the final installations could be finished in January 2017 and enable approval to speed up,” says Steen Haurum. He’s pleased that the scrubbers now officially meet the requirements and clean the exhaust gases as intended. That has already been documented by a monitor drone known as a sniffer. That deserves three cheers for the two first engineers. They’ve worked around the clock on the project, both on board and from home. Their drive, creativity and focus have meant that we now have proper functioning scrubbers on Crown,” he says.

There are no plans to install scrubbers on the other three passenger ships. Low-sulphur marine diesel will be used for them instead.


ECOPRODIGI: New project promotes maritime digitalisation in the Baltic Sea

DFDS has received EU-funding to take part in an ambitious project called ECOPRODIGI. “It focuses on increasing eco-efficiency of the maritime industry in the Baltic Sea region through digital solutions,” says Mads Bentzen Billesø, Project Manager, Technical Organisation, who is representing DFDS in the project.

DFDS is part of a unique environmental collaboration between research organisations and the shipping industry in the Baltic. The project is named ECOPRODIGI, and aims to create digital solutions which increase the eco-efficiency of ships throughout their entire life cycle.

ECOPRODIGI focuses on creating and piloting digital solutions for monitoring vessel performance and improving cargo stowage and shipyard processes. In addition, ECOPRODIGI will produce a roadmap for digitalisation in the industry, recommend policies for authorities, design training programmes for shipyard ecosystems and organise public events.

“This is an ambitious and exciting collaboration, and it will help position the Baltic Sea Region as a front runner in the digitisation of the maritime industry for the benefit of the region and the environment,” says Mads Bentzen Billesø, Project Manager, Technical Organisation. He is representing DFDS in the project.

The ECOPRODIGI project has received more than €3 million from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. With the partners’ own contributions, the total budget is €4.2 million. The project is led by the University of Turku, Finland and runs for three years, and activities will be communicated via www.ecoprodigi.eu and on Twitter, @ECOPRODIGI_BSR.

DFDS has a budget of EUR 75,000, co-funded by the EU Interreg BSR.