Fanø Gets Its First Electric Ferry

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Molslinjen’s brand new electric ferry GROTTE was put into operation on October 1st on the route between Esbjerg and Fanø. ‘

GROTTE was design by OSK Group and built at Hvide Sande Shipyard.

It was built according to exactly the same design as the two current ferries, FENJA and MENJA, which for many years have shown their efficiency in the short Danish domestic route between Esbjerg and Nordby on the island of Fanø.

The ferries FENJA and MENJA have just switched to fossil-free biofuel. The three ferries together will reduce emissions by up to 96 percent.

EQT Infrastructure Now Owns Molslinjen

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Following the approval of the EU competition authorities, EQT Infrastructure is now the formal owner of Molslinjen.

  • Danish Sampension will be a new minority investor in Molslinjen
  • Experienced industry experts join the company’s board
  • The new chairman of the board of Molslinjen will be Niels Smedegaard. (ex CEO DFDS)
  • Merete Eldrup will also be part of the new board (ex CEO of TV 2 Denmark)

“We look forward to the collaboration with many new competencies in the new Board of Directors, and we are pleased that with the combination of EQT Infrastructure and Danish pension funds we get a strong starting point for an exciting future for Molslinjen”, says Carsten Jensen, CEO of Molslinjen.

New Molslinjen Ferry Terminal Opens on 11 November

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11 November 2020 at 05.45 will see the first trip to Odden with Molslinjen’s fast ferry EXPRESS 3, starting from the new ferry terminal at Østhavnen in Aarhus. It marks the culmination of several years of construction work.

The trip also marks a shift in the local traffic in Aarhus. The 1.5 million annual motorists will enter the port faster via a better connection between motorway and terminal.

In the city of Aarhus alone, the signage towards the ferry port must be changed in more than 50 places.

The Danes Stayed in Denmark: Record Summer Figures for Molslinjen

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The summer season on Bornholm has broken all records.

Because of Covid-19, Germans couldn’t come to the Danish island. Instead, Corona motivated Danish people to spend their holiday on Bornholm.

Molslinjen, which operates the ferry routes to and from Bornholm, saw record figures from week 26 to 34.

  • +2.7% passengers (in total 643,841)
  • +15.0% cars
  • -21.5% German tourists

Molslinjen operated two catamarans between Ystad and Rønne.

Passenger Record on Kattegat

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On 6 December Molslinjen broke a record on the Kattegat when passenger number 3,225,572 bought a ticket for the route between Aarhus and Odden.

“Traffic between East and West Denmark is constantly increasing,” says Carline Jensen, CEO of Molslinjen. Especially the bus route Kombardo Expressen has helped to achieve this increase.

“We expect many guests in December – so many that we have to put in an extra fast ferry on the busiest days,” says the CEO.

Austal To Build Another High-Speed Catamaran For Molslinjen’s Bornholm Route

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A follow-up order to the 109m high-speed catamaran EXPRESS 4, the new Auto Express 115 will be the largest ferry (by volume) ever built by Austal.

Highlights:

  • A new generation of medium speed engines that are LNG compatible, with the potential to upgrade to LNG fuel in the future.
  • 1,610 passengers / 450 cars (or 617 lane metres for trucks + 257 cars) over two vehicle decks.
  • This increases ferry capacity by about 14 %, which solves some of the capacity problems Bornholm has experienced during the recent peak season.
  • Service speed close to 37 knots,
  • Bornholm route, between Ystad and Rønne, from early 2022.

Currently operating on the route are MAX (900 pax and 240 cars) and EXPRESS 1 (1,200 pax and 417 cars).

Molslinjen Has To Pay A DKK 1.5 Million Penalty For Not Reporting Delays And Cancellations

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A bill of DKK 1.5 million has landed on Molslinjen’s table, after the Ministry of Transport decided to penalise the Bornholm line. The largest part of the amount is due to the fact that the company has “neglected to submit due documentation in connection with some delays and cancellations, just as there have been some episodes with inadequate insertion of replacement ferry to and from Bornholm,” writes Ministry in a press release (in Danish).