FRS expands into the Caribbean

2024-03-01T17:52:30+00:00 March 1st, 2024|Marketing|

The Flensburg-based ferry company, FRS is to acquire Caribbean ferry operator L’Express des Îles.

This move is part of FRS’s strategic realignment, following the successful sale of FRS Iberia, with a focus on diversifying the range of offered routes.

The extensive experience and established position of L’Express des Îles in the Caribbean presented a unique opportunity to strengthen FRS’s service offering and to create synergies.

“With the acquisition of L’Express des Îles, FRS continues our trajectory of growth. This acquisition not only reflects our commitment to international expansion but also our determination to gain a foothold in new markets,” said Götz Becker, FRS CEO.

Headquartered at the Bergevin ferry terminal in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the company, initially known as Antilles Trans Express (ATE) began around 37 years ago by offering fast ferry services between the islands of Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, and Marie Galante—all French overseas territories.

In 1989, it expanded its services to Martinique and Dominica, followed by St Lucia in 1994.

Today, the company operates three high-speed catamarans in collaboration with its subsidiary, Jeans for Freedom, serving multiple national and international routes.

Down the years, FRS has evolved from a regional passenger ferry company into a specialist in ferry shipping, owning over 60 vessels and employing more than 1,500 staff from over 40 countries.

FRS annually transports 5.7 mill pax and 1.5 mill vehicles on its numerous national and international shipping routes.