On Tuesday, 04 April 2017 Scandlines introduced Kronprins Frederik as a freight ferry with capacity for 35 lorries on its Puttgarden-Rødby route, where freight volumes have increased by 8%. Kronprins Frederik has been sailing on the Rostock-Gedser route together with the company’s two new hybrid ferries on this route.
In February 2017 she was in the Navukon yard in Swinoujscie in Poland where two new aft ramps, each measuring 12 metres, were installed in order for the ferry to dock in Puttgarden, as well as new and larger fender lists in the front so the ferry can dock in Rødby. Other modifications included replacing 12 tons of steel in the water ballast tanks.
In order for the ferry to be able to dock at in Puttgarden, two dredging ships have recently removed about 70.000 cubic metres of sand from the port and for the last couple of days, the vessel has been on berthing trials in Puttgarden and Rødby.
The total cost of the modifications to Kronprins Frederik and the berths in Puttgarden and Rødby was just under €3.5m.