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.

April 23, 2020