The departure of the new Scandlines ferry M/V Berlin, which will be inserted on the ferry route between Rostock, Germany and Gedser, Denmark, from Danish yard Fayard has been delayed.
According to Scandlines, works on the completion of the ferry are underway, however, the delay is partly due to a damaged main switchboard, just as the Christmas holidays are also a contributing factor.
“The work in the engine room has been completed, and all tests have been satisfactory. The same applies to the new bridge. Also the two car decks are ready for use,” the ferry operator said in an update.
The cable work was completed mid-December, while the interior will be completed during the next couple of weeks.
Berlin was expected to leave the yard in late October and be ready for operation in November.
A final date for deployment has not yet been set.
Scandlines has ordered conversion of two ferries, M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen, which will have room for 460 cars or 96 trucks and thereby more than double the capacity compared to the existing ships.
The completion of the two new ferries is an investment of more than EUR 100 million (USD 108.8 million) per conversion on each ship.
The two new ferries will replace M/V Kronprins Frederik and M/V Prince Joachim, which currently operate the crossing.