HH Ferries Group Generated Strong Growth In Freight Traffic In Q2

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Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingør continued the positive development and generated strong growth in the number of transported trucks in Q2, which entailed an increase in the route’s market share of the freight traffic on Öresund. In May, the number of trucks that chose to cross the Sound between

Helsingborg and Helsingør exceeded the number of trucks choosing the fixed connection between Malmö and Copenhagen for the first time.

+ Freight units 121,000 (109,000)

+ Cars 352,000 (372,000)

– Passengers 1.89 million (1.94 million).

BERLIN Successfully Got A New Thruster In The Busiest Period Of The year

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Scandlines’ BERLIN, operating with sister vessel COPENHAGEN on the Gedser-Rostock route, had to be taken out of service to solve technical issues with the thruster. Unusual noises had been heard.

BERLIN was sent to the Fayard drydock in Odense. A spare thruster was delivered immediately from the Rolls Royce warehouse in Norway.

The subsequent investigation confirmed that the replaced thruster was damaged, and that these were actually the cause of the abnormal noises.

She was out of service from 16 to 19 July, missing a few dozens of crossings in one of the busiest periods of the year.

Photo: Siemens/ Ulrich WIrrwa

Scandlines And BC Ferries Have Chosen E-Dea As Integrated Reservation Software Provider

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E-Dea, the Italian IT provider of integrated software solutions for Ferry Companies, Ports and Terminals, has provided Scandlines with their flagship product, eBooking©, as part of the centralized and integrated passenger Reservation System.

The fully integrated reservation system supports Scandlines core processes including scheduling, products configuration, pricelist configuration, special offers, packages, etc. Thanks to its straightforward design, the system allows Scandlines to properly manage special offers and flexible prices to maximize seasonable revenue.

Also BC Ferries has chosen E-Dea, to have a key role in the implementation of the ACE (Automated Customer Experience) program. The core component of the ACE program is the streamlining of Booking, Ticketing and Check-in  services.


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Scandlines Generated Record Performance In 2017 Based On Expanded Capacity

 Scandlines increased revenue and boosted profitability in 2017 in line with the expectations for the year as the group’s expanded capacity on the Rostock-Gedser route was leveraged and investments dampened following a substantial strengthening of fleet and infrastructure in prior years.

Total revenue grew by 4% to EUR 487 million (EUR 480 million) driven mainly by the continued positive development on the Rostock-Gedser route.

Traffic machine revenue from both routes grew by 6% to EUR 352 million (EUR 333 million) on the back of expanded capacity, intensified marketing efforts and particularly strong performance in the freight segment, which recorded 12% growth in traffic volume.

BorderShop revenue was stable at EUR 135 million (EUR 137 million).

Scandlines’ ferries completed more than 42,000 departures and transported a total of 7.6 million passengers, 1.8 million cars and more than 0.6 million freight units in 2017.

New Owning Consortium For Scandlines

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Talking about a good deal: 3i announced net proceeds of €347 million from selling a part of Scandlines, but remains one of the co-owners.

3i Group plc announced that 3i and funds managed by 3i (together Eurofund V) have sold their investment in Scandlines for a total equity value of €1.7 billion in a transaction with funds managed by First State Investments (“First State”) and Hermes Investment Management, two long-term infrastructure investors representing predominantly European pension funds.

The new consortium formed by First State, Hermes Investment Management and 3i intend to support the further growth of Scandlines, including additional investment in green technology.

Hurtigruten AS is owned by Silk Bidco AS, whose main shareholder is the London-based investment company TDR Capital.

Photo: Scandlines


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Waste Heat To Cool Batteries Saves Fuel

The Scandlines hybrid ferry PRINSESSE BENEDIKTE uses engine waste heat to cool down the batteries. Behind the innovative system is the start-up company Cool4Sea, which used the ferry as a test lab, with the support of the EU.
The particularity of the system is that it tolerates inclinations of up to 45°, ideal for maritime use. Normally the process should not be subject to movement and vibration.
The advantage is obvious: waste heat means no fuel has to be used for air conditioning, thus saving money.
Cool4Sea expects to have the system available on the market as from 2020.[/vc_columnScandlines, hybrid_text]

Photo: Scandlines/Jukka Huotari

Growth in cargo traffic on Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör continued in Q4

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The increasing cargo traffic entailed higher capacity utilisation on the route’s ferries despite a minor decline in the number of cars. Capacity was increased by expanding the timetable of HAMLET by 5 hours per day since December 1, 2017.
Some figures:

  • Number of departures: 12,300 (status quo)
  • Freight units: 109,500 (+5%)
  • Goods in tonnes: 1,252,000 tons (+4%)
  • Cars: 265,000 (-2%)
  • Passengers 1.44 million (-4%)

”Our freight customers appreciate the precision and reliability we offer, and they have welcomed the increased flexibility brought about by our capacity expansion and more daily departures,” said Johan Röstin, CEO of HH Ferries AB.

Photo: HH Ferries

Scandlines increases environmental performance

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At the end of last year, HASYTEC’s Ultrasound Dynamic Biofilm Protection System was put into operation on Scandlines’ hybrid ferry, BERLIN.
The installation optimizes the seawater cooling systems during summer, when the temperature of the Baltic Sea is increasing and the ferries are sailing at a higher speed due to the large number of customers. In addition to increased operational safety, the reduction in maintenance has a positive impact on the environment.
In contrast to conventional ICAF systems, this system does not release copper in the sea.

Photo Siemens/Ulrich Wirrwa

New Minister-President takes the ferry for his first foreign visit 

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Daniel Günther, the new minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein, has had a meeting with Scandlines’ CEO Søren Poulsgaard Jensen on board the hybrid ferry SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN (26 September). He started his first trip abroad, to Denmark, via the route Puttgarden-Rødby. Among the topics discussed were the Green Agenda of Scandlines and the challenges facing the ferry company in view of the planning of the fixed Fehmarnbelt link. 

Photo: Scandlines 

Scandlines ran like clockwork

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Scandlines can be satisfied with the summer season. In a press release they say they transported close to one million vehicles and three million passengers on the routes Rødby-Puttgarden and Gedser-Rostock.

The ferry traffic was stable. There was a double-digit growth in the number of transported vehicles. And, there were no significant technical problems. All this created a perfect scenario for the busiest months of the year. During the summer months, Rødby-Puttgarden had more than 9,000 departures in total, with four departures per hour.

The introduction of ferries BERLIN and COPENHAGEN increased the capacity on Gedser-Rostock, and by virtue of their hybrid propulsion they helped Scandlines to decrease the fuel consumption significantly.

Photo: Mike Louagie