Hybrid ferries compete with new Fehmarn-Belt tunnel

by Sonja Wurtscheid

The Danish ferry company Scandlines upgrades its fleet in order to compete with the planned Fehmarn-Belt tunnel between Germany and Denmark. The new ferries, called “Berlin” and “Copenhagen”, take up to 1,300 passengers and 460 cars, Scandlines announced on 8 March.

The low-emission ships costed 270 million Euros. They run 21 times a day between Rostock-Gedser and Puttgarden-Rødby.

The construction of the Fehmarn-Belt tunnel was supposed to start in 2019, but the German planning process is not completed yet. On 1 March the delay induced the Danish minister for Transport, Building and Housing Ole Birk Olesen, to send a letter to his German colleague Alexander Dobrindt.

In the letter Olesen urged that further delays cause serious doubts about the capacity of the German state authorities to implement the treaty.