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).

VIDEO

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Molslinjen’s New Fast Ferry Has Arrived in Denmark

After having sailed all the way from Australia to Denmark, the EXPRESS 4 finally berthed in Aarhus on Sunday 24 February. The Austal-built HSC left Perth on 29 January.

She will enter service on 14 March.

See the arrival video on Stiften.dk

FERRY SHIPPING

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Molslinjen Buys Danske Færger

On 10 October 2018, the Competition Authority approved the transfer from all shares from Danske Færger A/S to Molslinjen A/S. 

Sellers are Bornholmstrafikken Holding A/S and Clipper Group A/S. 

 Molslinjen currently operates the ferries Aarhus-Odden and Ebeltoft-Odden, and since 1 September 2018 also the ferries on Bornholm. 

 Molslinjen will continue the four Færgen ferry routes under the following names: 

  • Bøjden-Fynshav = Allinjen (formerly Alsfærgen) 
  • Esbjerg-Fanø = Fanølinjen (Fanøfærgen) 
  • Kalundborg-Samsø = Samsølinjen (Samsøfærgen) 

Spodsbjerg-Taars = Langelandslinjen (Langelandsfærgen) 

 Until all condition shave been met, Danske Færger A/S will continue under the same management and in accordance with the same business principles as before.

Molslinjen Might Buy Danske Færger

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Molslinjen, the company that takes over the concession for the Bornholm routes from Danske Færger as from 1 September 2018, has decided to acquire Danske Færger entirely.

Molslinjen notified the Danish Competition and Consumer Agency of the merger. The latter will now have to approve the transaction. All interested parties are invited to comment on the merger by 4 July 2018 at 12:00am. Link below. Danske Færger A/S is owned by Bornholmstrafikken Holding A/S (50%) and Clipper Group A/S (50%).  Bornholmstrafikken Holding A/S is 100% owned by the Danish Ministry of Transport.

Routes operated by Molslinjen now

  • Aarhus – Odden
  • Ebeltoft – Odden.

Routes operated by Danske Færger now:

With public service contract:

  • Bornholm, Rønne – Køge and Rønne – Ystad
  • Ballen – Kalundborg
  • Spodsbjerg – Tårs
  • Bøjden – Fynshav

Without public service contract:

  • Fanø – Esbjerg
  • Rønne – Sassnitz

Link to the Danish Competition and Consumer Agency (Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen)

Molslinjen to give high-speed ferries MAX MOLS and EXPRESS 1 a facelift

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During one month MAX MOLS (InCat, 1998) is in drydock for maintenance. She will also have a new lift, to connect car deck and accommodation. She will be ready on November 5.
In May she will be withdrawn from service again, for a complete refurbishment of her accommodation.
On November 6, EXPRESS 1 (InCat, 2009) will enter drydock for works which will last until mid January 2018. It is unclear how, but she will get 400 more passenger seats.

Source: TV2 Bornholm Photo: MAX MOLS © InCat

When public money threatens a commercial ferry operation 

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“It is hard to compete with tax money,” says Molslinjen’s CEO Carsten Jensen. He refers to the agreement between the Danish Government and the Dansk Folkeparti, where it has been promised to lower the crossing prices over the Great Belt Bridge by 25 per cent. Carsten Jensen calls it a distortion of the market. 

Molslinjen carries more than 1.3 million cars and nearly 2.8 million passengers a year on the routes Aarhus-Odden and Ebeltoft-Odden. On September 1, 2018, Molslinjen will take over the Bornholmroute. 

Photo: Molslinjen’s CEO Carsten Jensen ©Molslinjen