On Wednesday 21 December 2016, Scandlines’ second new hybrid ferry for the Rostock-Gedser route, M/V Copenhagen, carried passengers for the first time when it departs from Gedser towards Rostock at 09:00.
Scandlines new hybrid ferry was registered 19 December 2016 and departed the same day from the Danish yard FAYARD A/S. 20 December 2016 it was practicing between Rostock and Gedser and Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 09:00 from Gedser in Denmark the ferry went into service.
M/V Copenhagen is the second of two new hybrid ferries for the Rostock-Gedser route. M/V Copenhagen replaces M/V Kronprins Frederik, which will be used as a replacement ferry on both the Rostock-Gedser and Puttgarden-Rødby routes. With an extra ferry, which can be deployed on both routes, the total capacity as well as the stability of the schedules will be ensured.
”I am happy that we can now offer our customers this fantastic vessel which together with the sister vessel Berlin also is the world’s biggest hybrid ferry. The new ferries represent an investment of more than 140 million EUR per vessel and are a substantial upgrade of the central and eastern transport corridor between the European mainland and Scandinavia,” says Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, Scandlines’ CEO.
Together with the manufacturer of the diesel electric engines of the vessels, MaK/Caterpillar, Scandlines has deemed it necessary to rebuild the injection system (common rail) of M/V Berlin’s and M/V Copenhagen’s engines. Unfortunately, the new injection modules cannot be delivered until 1 January 2017, and both vessels will therefore be converted during January 2017. Accordingly, M/V Kronprins Frederik will take turns during January, to replace the two new vessels. Consequently, the yard stay will not affect the timetable for the Rostock-Gedser route.