Keel laying of newbuilding for the Baltics

Our newbuilding projects in China reached milestone after milestone in 2019 and it seems to move in the same direction in 2020. Just last week the fourth mega freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard was delivered to us. Today, on 13 January, the keel was laid for the first out of two combined freight and passenger newbuildings from Guangzhou Shipyard in South China.

The keel laying ceremony celebrates the startup of the construction in the drydock and birth of the ship. It was held in the drydock, where the construction will be in progress until she is ready for the launch.

Steen Haurum, Site Manager, attended the ceremony and per tradition placed the coin under the keel to bless and honor the ship with good fortune.

Steen says: “For this special occasion, we used the Royal Coin that was released in memory of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding with Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, now Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, in May 14, 2004.
The coin is designed by sculptor Karin Lorenzen and when the ferry is delivered, it will be showcased in the mess onboard always following the ferry for good luck on the many journeys to come.

Congratulations and thank you to the site team in Guangzhou. Now I am really looking forward to continue the construction with the site team and construction crew who will certainly deliver a superb ferry to our colleagues in the Baltics.”

The 230-metre long ferry is set to arrive in 2021. It will have capacity for 4500 lane metre freight and 600 passengers.


As you can see in the background of the pictures, the first block is now in place in the drydock. It won’t be long before further blocks are added so you can see the ferry take shape. Pictures include LR Senior Surveyor Robert Mallet, DFDS Site Manager Steen Haurum, GSI Production Manager Li Huilun.

January 13, 2020