Scandlines hails busy summer period

A million vehicles and more than three million passengers
The Danish-German shipping company Scandlines says it is looking back on “three very good summer months” and has an optimistic view of the future, with a “continuing stable ferry service and a very low cancellation rate”.
Despite the rainy and cold weather, summer 2017 was an “excellent” period for Scandlines, something the ferry firm puts down to a steady ferry service and rising growth in the number of transported vehicles.
In all, Scandlines ferries transported almost one million vehicles and more than three million passengers during the three summer months.
There were no cancellations from technical issues on the company’s two ferry routes, with just a few delays due to force majeure, the majority of which were less than five minutes.
Compared to last year’s high season, Scandlines realised more crossings. On the Puttgarden-Rødby line, it made more than 9,000 departures during the three months.
With more than 34,000 crossings per year, over four departures per hour and a non-stop ferry service 24/7, 365 days a year, the so-called Beeline is “the fastest and safest traffic route from the European continent to Scandinavia”, Scandlines says.
Meanwhile, on the Rostock-Gedser line, the two new hybrid ferries M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen are contributing to a reduction of emissions in the Baltic Sea.
The largest hybrid ferries in the world were put into service on the route in 2016. Fuel consumption can be reduced by two-thirds per trip per car, Scandlines says, compared to conventional ferries.
Since the start of 2017, their size has led to a double-digit growth rate, with space for 1,300 passengers, 460 cars or 96 trucks, and operate the route more than 20 times per day.
TTG Nordic