- will be in traffic from 2012
Fjord Line has ordered two new ferries to bring passengers from Bergen and Stavanger to Hirtshals in Denmark. This may be a risky move in trying times in the Scandinavian ferry market.
Norwegian Color Line and Danish DFDS have been the main competitors in this market. They run ferry services to destinations in Denmark and Germany from Norwegians ports. It has been extremely difficult for other companies to break their dominance.
Fjord Line has decided to operate from western Norway, with departures from the main cities of Bergen and Stavanger to Hirtshals in northern Denmark. They decided to challenge Color Line by opening up a seasonal crossing with the high speed vessel Fjord Cat from Kristiansand, in competition with Color Line. In addition to this, Danish ThyFerries is planning to sail between these two ports from 2010.
Fjord Line has decided to commission two brand new vessels from Bergen Group Fosen to a total price of 103 million Euro per ship. They will have 300 cabins and suites and can take up to 1500 passengers and up to 600 cars. It will have cafés, restaurants, duty free shops and conference facilities.
The ships will be delivered March and November 2012.
Read press release on Fjord Lines website (Norwegian)
More Fjord Line stories:
- Fjord Line back with service Kristiansand - Hirtshals spring 2010 (September 26th 2010)
- High rollers on Danish waters (March 4th 2010)
- Much needed facelift for M/F Crown of Scandinavia (March 4th 2010)
- New ferry connection Kristiansand-Hanstholm (January 3rd 2010)
- Economy on Crown of Scandinavia (October 18th 2008)
- New super ferries to cross Skagerak (January 20th 2008)