DFDS has ordered two large ropaxes at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China.
They are to be built for the company’s Baltic route network and will be delivered in 2021 to operate on routes between Klaipeda and Kiel/Karlshamn.
The Ice Class 1C ropaxes will be of 230 m in length, having a capacity of 4,500 lane metres and will be able to carry 600 pax at speeds of up to 23 knots.
“The two ships represent a total investment of about DKK1.75 bill and will be another welcome addition to our newbuilding programme that already counts four large ro-ro vessels, of which the first is expected to join our network in one year’s time.
“With their 250 passenger cabins and large, comfortable public areas, the ships will offer a new state-of-the-art travel experience for our tourist and driver passengers crossing the Baltic Sea,” said Peder Gellert, Executive Vice President and Head of the Shipping Division.
The ships will be fitted with scrubbers and built to the latest environmental standards offering the lowest possible fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, DFDS said.
The contract was signed on 12th February in China.