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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

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:

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.

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.

Fourth mega freight ferry delivered

It is great to start not only a new year but even a decade with a delivery of a new and impressive ferry. On 7 January we took delivery of our fourth 6700 lm Ro-Ro ferry from Jinling Shipyard in China. The ferry was handed over to us at 15:08 Chinese time, which due to the “8” is a lucky time(!). The time in Denmark was due to the time difference 08:08, which is an even more lucky number!

On 8 January we did the traditional flag change where the Danish flag was hoisted. HUMBRIA SEAWAYS is now being made ready for departure from Jinling Shipyard, which depending on weather conditions will take place soonest possible. On the homebound voyage HUMBRIA SEAWAYS will call Singapore for taking onboard a few containers of Owner’s supply as well as bunkering. We are looking forward to welcome the ferry in Vlaardingen in February.

As mentioned above it is our fourth mega ferry from Jinling within 11½ month. We have two more to go and they are expected to follow in March and by end of October this year.

Please enjoy the photos from the various ceremonies and the dinner with the project and site teams

Thanks to everybody involved for a great job done.

Jesper Aagesen
Director, Newbuilding & Major Conversions

Successful sea trial for mega freight ferry

Last Saturday, our fourth mega freight ferry officially left the construction phase as she ventured out on the busy Yangtze River for sea trials.

Under realistic conditions, the crew evaluated and oversaw the freight ferry’s performance regarding speed, maneuverability, equipment, systems, and safety. Today, the 6,700 lane metre vessel returned safely to the shipyard after a successful and smooth sea trial.

Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager for the six newbuildings constructed at Jinling Shipyard says: “Departing for sea trials is always both exciting and thrilling as it is the final chance to ensure that the vessel and all the systems are operating normally before the delivery to DFDS.”

Congratulations to the site team and the construction crew for yet another milestone reached in our newbuilding adventure.


Our fourth mega freight ferry departing from Jinling Shipyard for sea trials.


Busy times on the Yangtze River outside the Jinling Shipyard.

Fantastic video of Hollandia Seaways

We have just received a phenomenal video of Hollandia Seaways with guest appearances by her sisters.

Last week, the third mega freight ferry departed for her maiden voyage home to Europe and she is presently just south of South Africa with the crew in high spirits.

The voyage is going according to plan and she is expected to arrive in Vlaardingen on 22 November and Gothenburg 25 November.

Thank you to Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager, for sharing great pictures along with a fantastic video showing Hollandia starting her maiden voyage and leave Jinling Shipyard.

Third mega freight ferry en route to Europe

Following a successful hand-over to DFDS, three out of six mega freight ferries have now been delivered to DFDS. We are very excited to share with you that Captain Thomas Stephensen and his crew are currently safely leading our fleet’s newest addition, Hollandia Seaways, to her new home on the North Sea.

Unlike Ephesus and Troy, which switched to the Turkish flag when they arrived in Istanbul, Hollandia will remain under the Danish flag during her service.

Before the beginning of the four-week voyage, a stop-over in Singapore was needed to prepare Hollandia for service which included a check-up by service technicians and to load several big containers filled with spare parts, stores and provisions. Peter Guldager, Senior Purchasing Manager, was once again on the spot to manage the loading and has kindly shared a video and picture of Hollandia arriving in Singapore.

“Right now, the plan is a test call in Vlaardingen on 22 November, perhaps an additional call in Immingham and then final arrival in Gothenburg. The calls in Vlaardingen and Immingham are still subject to making her arrival in time to Gothenburg,” says Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager.

It is incredible to think that we are already halfway through our order of the six mega freight ferries made with Jinling Shipyard back in 2016 and we cannot be the only ones in the north who are looking forward to seeing the giant up close when she arrives. We will soon share more specific information about where Hollandia will be entered into service.

New ferry for the Channel reaches another milestone in construction

Last Tuesday the traditional keel-laying ceremony took place at Avic Shipyard in Weihai, China, to officially celebrate the next stage of construction of our combined freight and passenger ferry destined for the Channel. She will be named Côte d’Opale.

The keel once made up the backbone of a ship, connecting bow to stern and extending the length of the ship. When the keel was laid at the ceremony, it signified the birth of the ship and the yard workers could start building the hull around the keel.

Nowadays, the traditional keel has been replaced by huge sections that are welded together to form the hull of a ship. However, the tradition lives on and last Tuesday, a section was lowered in the drydock at Avic Shipyard in Weihai, China, to represent the keel-laying for our combined freight and passenger ferry.

Together with representatives of the shipyard, Stena RoRo and DFDS’ own Senior Charterer’s Representative, Anders B Thomsen, was in attendance at the ceremony too.

Stena RoRo is owner of the vessel and DFDS will take the ferry on a 10-year bareboat charter with delivery from China by the end of June 2021. The 214 metres long ferry will be the longest ship on the Channel with capacity for 1,000 passengers and crew together with 160 trailers. She is intended for use on the Dover – Calais route and is therefore named after one of the most beautiful coastal regions in France, Côte d’Opale, which borders Belgium and is situated opposite the cliffs of south-east England.


Senior Charterer’s Representative Anders B Thomsen at the keel-laying ceremony

Third freight ferry now flying the Danish flag

After the delivery of the third mega freight ferry to DFDS, participants and crew took part in a traditional flag ceremony where First Officer Finn Henneberg Bay hoisted the Danish flag. As you can see in the picture above, some of her sister ships joined the ceremony at the Jinling Shipyard in China, so the participants could enjoy a spectacular view of our fourth and fifth mega freight ferries.

Just yesterday, the 6,700- lane metre ferry left the shipyard on her maiden voyage and set course for Singapore, to be fitted out for service and stocked with a variety of supplies and provisions.

Thank you very much to Senior Project Manager Jens Peter Baltsersen for sharing the pictures and for keeping us in the loop about progress at the Jinling Shipyard.

Third freight ferry delivered to DFDS

The team that handled the delivery of DFDS’ third mega freight ferry from Jinling in China. From left: of our own Ole Færge, VP and Head of Legal & Insurance; Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager; Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuildings & Major Conversions; and Jesper Hartvig Nielsen, Corporate Port Captain.

Chinese tradition considers three a lucky number. However, we can assure you there was no luck involved in constructing our third mega freight ferry. This required precise planning and hard work.

With the construction phase now complete and the necessary paperwork signed, we are excited to announce that we can officially call the third mega freight ferry ours.

The delivery took place yesterday at 17:18 local time, when Ole Færge, Jens Peter Baltsersen, Jesper Aagesen, and Jesper Hartvig Nielsen were in China to take part in the handover ceremony.

Congratulations and thank you to the site team and construction crew for a great job done.


Second from left: Jens Peter Baltsersen, Jesper Aagesen, Jesper Hartvig Nielsen

Steel-plate cutting ceremony for our second combined freight and passenger ferry

A push of a button might be a simple act by itself however at a steel-plate cutting ceremony it signifies the beginning of the construction phase after years of careful planning and designing down to the smallest detail.

Only a month has gone by since the steel-plate cutting ceremony for our first combined freight and passenger ferry, but it is already time for the second ferry to pass this milestone. Yesterday a steel-plate cutting ceremony at Guangzhou Shipyard International in southern China was arranged to celebrate the vessels transition from design to construction phase. It was Senior Site Superintendent Morten Fenger who pushed the button to start the steel cutting for the 230-metre ferry which will be able to carry 270 trailers and 600 passengers.

Congratulations to our site team at Guangzhou Shipyard who now will be even more busy with the construction of two newbuildings.


Representatives from our site team, classification society and shipyard at the steel-cutting ceremony

 

The exact moment where Morten Fenger pressed the button initiating the steel cutting for our second combined freight and passenger ferry

Third mega freight ferry from Jinling for sea trials

Our third freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard went for sea trials last Sunday. The pictures show the ferry on the first evening of her sea trials, anchoring on the Yangtze River

Our colleagues at the Jinling Shipyard in China are as busy as ever. They are currently managing the construction of the third, fourth and fifth freight ferry and blocks for the sixth vessel are under construction with keel-laying expected to take place in October.

Senior Project Manager Jens Peter Baltsersen has shared some photos and information to provide insight into what is going on at Jinling.

Jens Peter says: “Our third freight ferry went for sea trials last Sunday. During the sea trials the entire ship is tested to ensure that everything is working properly and that all systems on board are functioning normally. Following the sea trials, final adjustments will ensure that the ferry is ready for delivery in mid-October.

The other mega ferries are still at the shipyard:


“Commissioning of systems on board our fourth freight ferry has started. The ferry was launched last month and has since then been laying at the outfitting pier as seen on the pictures above. Expected delivery is around 1 December.”

 


“Just over a month ago, the fifth ferry was merely a mega block waiting to be assembled and welded. However,  as seen on the photo the progress is clearly visible now and the fifth ferry is quickly taking shape after her previous sisters. This week main engines were installed.”

Newbuilding moves to construction phase at Guangzhou Shipyard International

Representatives from our site team, classification society and shipyard at the steel-cutting ceremony

Another newbuilding journey started today at DFDS. Under a sunny sky at Guangzhou Shipyard International in southern China, DFDS had a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of our two combined passenger and freight ferries. This means an official advance from design to construction phase.

Christian Simon Nielsen, Project Manager, says: “The 230-metre ferry will be constructed to all the modern standards, will be able to carry 270 trailers and 600 passengers and is expected to operate on the Baltic routes.
The vessel is also designed to be ‘Safe Return to Port’ compliant, which is a regulation set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requiring larger passenger vessels to be designed for improved survivability.

“This means that in the event of flooding or fire, passengers and crew can safely stay on board as the ferry should be able to return to port without requiring passengers to evacuate. This adds significant complexity to the ship design and has been one of the big hurdles to overcome in the design phase. The ‘Safe Return to Port’ work will continue throughout the building process but with great teamwork we will continue to find good solutions,” says Christian.

The next big milestone for the vessel is the keel-laying, expected by the end of the year or beginning of 2020.


Site Senior Superintendent Jens Monk Green Bro participated in the ceremony and pressed the button starting the steel plate cutting


At Guangzhou Shipyard it is customary that whenever a company starts production at the yard, a tree is planted to symbolize good relationships, good cooperation and friendship during and after the building process

Fourth mega freight ferry from Jinling launched

The fourth of six of the mega freight ferries from Jinling Shipyard in China has now launched onto the Yangtze river.

 

And then there were four floating freight ferries from Jinling. The impressive building pace continues in China, where on 5 July they launched number four out of six from the Jinling Shipyard dry dock.

With the third freight ferry nearby and being busily prepared for her sea trials in August, and the mega block for the fifth having just arrived from Nanjing, the fourth had its debut in the water as the dry dock filled up and tugs helped her out onto the Yangtze river.


Jens Peter Baltsersen has shared pictures of the great moment for those of us in all locations waiting impatiently to get first-hand impressions of the huge ferries. Except of course for our BU Med colleagues, many of whom have already become acquainted with Ephesus and Troy.

It is truly exciting to follow the building of these 6,700 lane-metre vessels and we congratulate the site team and construction crew on this successful launch, leaving just two launches to go.

Third freight ferry from Jinling prepares for sea trial

Summer is upon us but that does not stop our hardworking site team and construction crew from delivering huge ferries to us. Jens Peter Baltsersen has today shared fresh shots from Jinling Shipyard in China.

They show our third freight ferry being relocated by tugboats to the outside of the pier and she is now undergoing final preparations towards sea trail in August.


Additionally, later this week on 5 July, the fourth freight ferry will launch and be positioned where the third ferry was berthed until today.

Remaining freight ferries from Jinling well underway

It is full steam ahead at the Jinling shipyard in China. Our site-team have delivered two freight ferries and are working on the following three. Construction will soon start on the sixth and final ferry on the order placed with the shipyard. It can be a little bit difficult to keep track of the progress from the sidelines. Luckily, Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager, has shared some pictures of the four freight ferries in their various stages perfectly illustrating the construction process from steel plates to an almost complete ferry.

Jens Peter says: “Construction is progressing well and follows the schedule very nicely. Earlier this week, Frane Pilic, Site Manager from OSM Ship Management, pressed the button to start the steel plate cutting for our sixth and last freight ferry that is expected to be delivered in Q4 2020. There is still some way to go, but it sure feels special to prepare the construction of the last freight ferry.

We are also seeing quite some improvement regarding two specific issues concerning the protection of equipment and housekeeping on board the ferries under construction, issues that have been focus on from the beginning of the construction phase. The yard has picked up on these important areas which is very positive.”

Pictures of the third freight ferry. The ramp way, sandblasting of deck 5 and aft of deck 7

The fourth freight ferry is coming along very nicely

Few photos of pre erected blocks made to construct the fifth freight ferry

Steel plate cutting commenced for the sixth and last ferry

Project meeting at Guangzhou Shipyard

As you may know, we have ordered two 4500 lane meter combined freight and passenger ferries intended for one of our services between Klaipeda and Germany or Sweden. The two ferries will be constructed at the Guangzhou Shipyard in China and will start soon.

Earlier this week the project team headed by Project Manager Christian Simon Nielsen were accompanied by Creative Director David Earle from Digital & Marketing in beautiful Guangzhou for a project meeting with the shipyard. One of the items on the agenda was interior design that requires a lot of consideration so the ferries can give off the right DFDS-feeling to our customers.

Note that what you see on the photos is not necessarily what we get, as a wide range of colors and materials were presented.

Thank you to David Earle and Jesper Aagesen for the pictures.


Christian Simon Nielsen (in white shirt) and David Earle (in red shirt) looking through the many possibilities of colors and materials that is available for the ferries’ interior


One of the items on the agenda was for the project team to start discussions with the shipyard about the interior design and materials

Second Jinling freight ferry completes voyage from Singapore

A lot of lane metres sailing through the Suez Canal with the massive sand dunes on each side

Our second freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard has now reached the Mediterranean Sea after 15 days of sailing from Singapore with an expected arrival at the Port of Pendik tonight.

Captain Joakim Dahlberg says: “The voyage was mostly smooth sailing with some minor difficulties that we managed to take care of. Immediately after docking from Singapore, we experienced the first rain of this voyage, a very heavy tropical rain, however throughout the voyage the weather was mostly pleasant though some days were awfully hot with more than 43 degrees accompanied by sunshine and clear skies.

“We also got the opportunity to see some curious whales that had been following us during the day but unfortunately they refused to break surface long enough to get good pictures.”

Joakim has kindly provided us with some great pictures of our freight ferry sailing through the impressive Suez Canal last Saturday.

“The passage through the canal was quick and we were lucky to be the first in the convoy. Last Saturday at 15.45, we arrived in Port Said, located at the end of the Suez Canal, and an hour or so later we were outside the buoyed fairway on open sea and stopped one of the engines to begin slow streaming again at about 10 knots. Today we will be dropping anchor outside the harbor of Pendik tonight at about 22:00 CET” says Joakim.

Combined freight and passenger ferry construction initiated in China

Anders Thomsen starting the steel cutting machine

We currently have a lot of developments to be excited about in China. We have a huge order of six mega freight ferries from Jinling Shipyard and the second ferry will soon arrive in Turkey.
In Guangzhou, we have ordered two combined freight and passenger ferries that will prepare us for our customers’ future needs and requirements.
And just last Friday, we reached another milestone as the first steel-plate cutting ceremony at AVIC Shipyard in Weihai, China, initiated the construction of our combined freight and passenger ferry destined for the Channel. The ferry is expected to be delivered to DFDS on a 10-year bareboat charter in mid-2021 and it will be the longest ship on the channel with capacity for 1,000 passengers and crew.

“The new ferry will be set in operation on the Dover – Calais route. We therefore think it is quite fitting to name her after one of the most beautiful coastal regions in France, Côte d’Opale, which borders Belgium and is situated opposite the cliffs of south-east England,” says Kasper Moos, Head of BU Short Routes & Passenger.

Initiating construction with one press of a button
“At exactly 09:08 (lucky numbers in China), our new colleague, Anders Thomsen, DFDS’ Senior Charterer’s Representative, pushed the button on the steel cutting machine,” says Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuilding & Major Conversion. “This started the cutting work on the very first steel plate. There is however still a way to go until the remaining approximately 10,000 tonnes of steel have been welded together but I am very excited to follow the construction from steel cut to delivery.”


Anders Thomsen closely observing the first steel-plate cutting


Stena RoRo, who own the ferry, has a large site team in place in Weihai


The office in Weihai was also inaugurated. Later in the process, Anders will be accompanied by more members of DFDS’ observer site team

New consultant to oversee construction of the newbuilding intended for the Channel

It won’t be long before another newbuilding adventure begins as the construction of our combined passenger and freight ferry officially starts later this month.

Joining us in this adventure is Anders Bouet Thomsen who has been engaged as a consultant via the company JMC-Limited. Anders will take up the role as our Senior Charterer’s Representative in Weihai.

“One, two, three…DFDS will soon be building new vessels in not less than three locations in China. Maybe it is a bit of an exaggeration, because the third place – in addition to Nanjing (Jinling) and Guangzhou (GSI) – is at Avic Weihai where Stena RoRo has ordered a series of vessels and one of these vessels will be taken on a bareboat charter by DFDS when it is completed in 2021. We will however follow the construction of the vessel by a small site team with observer status, and it is therefore a pleasure to welcome Anders to DFDS.
On Thursday 30 May the cutting of the first steel plate will take place, and Anders will then be ready in Weihai. Later on, Anders will be supplemented by more people from DFDS,” says Jesper Aagesen, Director of Newbuilding & Major Conversions.

As Naval Architect, Anders brings broad experience in newbuildings, both as a site manager supervising on-site at the shipyard or as a project manager working from HQ. His experience and different jobs have brought him to live all around the world including Germany, Chile, South Korea, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Turkey, and soon he will be able to add China to that list.

Second Jinling freight ferry en route to Singapore

The departure of one of our mega freight ferries from Jinling Shipyard is a story that we have told before, and will be telling four times again. However, we are still exited to, once again, bring one of the largest freight ferries to the Mediterranean Sea.

Two days ago, she was delivered to DFDS, and just this morning she departed for Singapore and is expected to arrive on Thursday.

“The delivery went smooth and we had a small session on board Thursday afternoon, celebrating the event in beautiful weather together with the crew, the site team and our broker BRS. All in all a good day for the project and for DFDS. The vessel is now on the way to Singapore and is reporting that things are working well onboard.
In Singapore IT and Peter Guldager, Senior Purchasing Manager, will be ready to support installation of IT equipment/network and owners deliveries/stores/spare parts and provision” says Jens Peter Baltsersen, Senior Project Manager.

Even though, she currently sails under “Belgia Seaways”, her name will be changed in accordance with our principle of naming our Mediterranean ships after UNESCO heritage sites in Turkey.


The hard-working site team at the Jinling Shipyard that supervises the construction of our vessels

Second Jinling freight ferry delivered to DFDS

Today, 8 May 2019 on 15.18 local time, the yard had done theirs, the paper work was completed, and the second of  our new mega freight ferries from the Jinling Shipyard in China was handed over to DFDS at the yard.

The picture is from the signing today. We will soon be back with information about her journey to the Mediterranean where she will join her sister in the Turkey-Italy corridor.

Fourth Jinling freight ferry growing fast

It has been a while since we last showed you the progress of our newbuilding adventure, however this does not mean that the construction has slowed down in the slightest. A little over a month has only gone by since the keel-laying ceremony for the fourth freight ferry, and we can already show you a fast-growing vessel, as seen on the pictures kindly sent by Superintendent Jeppe Halkjær Pedersen. It is safe to say that the shipyard is only getting faster at making our giant ferries.

The second freight ferry has recently been on a successful sea trial and is now waiting to be delivered to DFDS with an expected ceremony within the next week. The third will sail for her first sea trial in August.


The unique ramp system with three independent stern ramps and internal ramps is coming along nicely