Thursday, February 6, 2020

New Freight and Passenger RoRo Ferry Service Opens Across the Kattegat

Faster Crossing on Shorter Inter Country Route
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – DENMARK – Having closed the RoRo freight and passenger ferry service between Varberg and Grenaa on Friday 31 January, the following day Stena Line inaugurated its new crossing between Halmstad in Sweden and Grenaa in Denmark with thousands visiting the opening ceremonies at both ports including both the infrastructure and transport ministers of the two countries.

The Transport minister of Denmark, Benny Engelbrecht, attended the ceremony in Grenaa and joined the sea crossing to Halmstad where 8,000 people waited for the arrival of the vessel on the quay at 1 pm. Stena Line’s ambition is to double both the previous passenger and freight volumes within five years.

The new route will be operated by the 135 metre long RoPax ferry Stena Nautica built in 1986 with a capacity of 900 passengers and 1265 lane metres. The crossing time is 4 hours 35 minutes and the vessel will make up to two departures per day. Halmstad lies some 70 kilometres south east of Varberg and therefore makes for a shorter sea crossing.

There was an open day for the ferry during where thousands of people visited the ship, to enjoy the entertainment and performances that were held on board. The official inauguration ceremony was conducted by Dan Sten Olsson, the owner and CEO of Stena AB, the infrastructure minister of Sweden Tomas Eneroth, the governor of Halland Lena Sommestad and Benny Engelbrecht. Tony Michelsen, Group Head of Travel Stena Line commented:

“This new route strengthens the connections between our two countries and from a freight perspective we believe there is a lot of potential to carry more trailers from Denmark to Sweden. Between both destinations on either side of the Kattegat we will create a great travel experience for our passengers now and for years to come.”

Photo: Crowds gather on the quayside at the inauguration of the new service.