Ferry berth 4 has primarily been established to service Fjord Line’s new catamaran FJORD FSTR, which is put into service later this year. The new catamaran will service the route between Hirtshals and Kristiansand. The new catamaran has twice the capacity of HSC FJORD CAT and will be faster.
Fjord Line’s New Catamaran FSTR Launched
Fjord Line’s brand new high-speed catamaran ferry, FSTR, has been launched from Austal’s shipyard on the Philippines (Balamban, Cebu).
The ship will replace HSC FJORD CAT for the route between Kristiansand and Hirtshals, and will double the capacity of the fastest route between Norway and Denmark.
The fast vehicle-passenger ferry, to be known as FSTR, is the largest aluminium vessel ever launched in the Philippines – and the largest by volume ever constructed by Austal.
The vessel is now in the final stages of fit out, prior to delivery to Fjord Line in Q2.
FSTR (Hull 419) is capable of transporting 1,200 passengers at up to 40 knots and features Austal’s largest ever vehicle-carrying capacity constructed to date, with a beam of 30.5 metres enabling 404 cars to be carried across two decks. The ship features several key design innovations that enhance operating performance and passenger comfort, including a new, optimised hull form that will minimise fuel consumption and wake wash when operating on the Skagerrak Sea between Hirtshals and Kristiansand.
Compared with 2017 total revenues grew with a healthy 13% to MNOK 1,529.3 which again is a record for the Group. All business areas in the company contributed to this growth where both volumes and average rates increased across the board.
Passenger operations on Sandefjord-Strömstad developed especially strong following a refurbishment of the retail unit onboard OSLOFJORD.
After a troublesome season in 2017, Fjord Line recorded a sailing season without incidents on the route Kristiansand-Hirtshals.
Following the extensive docking program for sister vessels STAVANGERFJORD and BERGENSFJORD, the capacity increase realised through the addition of 64 new cabins and 114 further seats, lead to record volumes during July on Bergen-Hirtshals route.
- +8.4% Passengers
- +7.8% Cars
- +1.5% Freight
- +12.5% Operating income = MNOK 1,529.3
- +9.1% EBITDA = MNOK 335.5
- +1 % Operating result (EBIT) = a profit of MNOK 123.9
Fjord Line can look back on a record year with strong passenger growth in both Western Norway and Eastern Norway.
The largest growth in 2018 was the domestic route Stavanger-Bergen-Stavanger, with a 24% increase in the number of passengers (59,000).
Sandefjord-Strømstad also increased significantly – from 394,200 guests in 2017 to 458,900 in 2018. This corresponds to a growth of 16%.
Kristiansand-Hirtshals noted a total of 209,800 guests, an increase of around 4,000 passengers compared to 2017.
In total, the company carried 1,386,700 passengers in 2018, 8% more than in 2017.
“We already notice that the response from the market is good. We sail in the tailwind and expect that 2019 will be a new record year, ”says CEO Rickard Ternblom.
Fjord Line is upset: the City Council of Sandefjord (Norway) has deprived the company of sailing times 07:00 and 13:30, as from next year. In practice, the decision means that Fjord Line will continue with the sailings they have today, departing Sandefjord 08:30 and 15:20.
Since the introduction of OSLOFJORD on the line between Sandefjord and Strømstad in 2014, Fjord Line says it was concerned about receiving an equal treatment (the competitor is Color Line).
Fjord Line has also requested the municipality to carry out upgrades in the port. Fjord Line guaranteed to cover all costs of the upgrade. Sandefjord declined the offer, without giving any justification, says Rickard Ternblom, CEO Fjord Line.
New Ferry Port In Sandefjord
Fjord Line has signed an agreement with paint manufacturer Jotun, for the use of the Vindal site as new terminal for in the port of Sandefjord, Norway. Vindal is an area on the “West Island” or “Vesterøy”. With a growth of 15% per year and the use of one or two ferries as from 2020, the company was looking for a port solution.
On the site, a terminal building, quays, parking spaces for private cars and trucks will be built. In and around a lot of attention will go to green areas. The port will also be available to other companies, such as competitor Color Line. The port will be organized as a separate company in the Fjord Line group. “Other shipping companies can purchase services of this port company on normal and transparent commercial terms,” says Fjord Line’s CEO Rickard Ternblom.
The new ferry harbour and terminal should be ready before 2025.
Ferries And Ro-Ro Ships Are Strong Elements In Stena AB’s Q1
Stena AB has experienced a positive Q1 for the ferry division, and for the shipping division.
Ferry operations: EBITDA, excluding net gain on sale of assets, increased compared to last year due to continued positive volumes for cars (+7%), passengers (+6%) and freight (+3%).
Shipping: strong contract coverage and utilisation rate across the ro-ro fleet.
Cruise ferry STAVANGERFJORD was redelivered to Fjord Line on Wednesday December 13 at 09:00, three hours before contract time, says Fosen.
The ship’s interior has been upgraded to almost yacht-like standards. Cabin and suite capacities have been increased on the top deck and a new winter garden restaurant was created aft.
The job was executed in six weeks as planned and the ferry will be ready to enter service from Bergen on December 14.
Photo: Winter Garden, Johan Engvik
With the Q2 report, Fjord Line confirmed the year-on-year growth trend.
The company increased revenues with 30% and EBITDA with 112%.
Passenger volumes were up by 13% and freight volumes up by 25%.
The routes Hirtshals (Denmark) – Langesund (Norway, southeast of Oslo) and Sandefjord (Norway) – Strømstad (Sweden) were responsible for a significant increase in freight volumes (respectively 37% and 39%). The same routes also saw an increase in passengers per crossing.
In Q2 the high-speed vessel FJORD CAT suffered some technical issues, with 3 weeks of cancellations. Result: the growth on the Hirtshals – Kristiansand route did not materialize.