The new ferry would connect Læsø, pictured, to Frederikshavn in Denmark (Image: OSK-ShipTech)
Danish company OSK-ShipTech is to help The Ferry Company Læsø carry out preliminary investigations into potentially constructing a new passenger ferry for the route between the island of Læsø and Frederikshavn in Denmark.
Læsø is one of Denmark’s islands without a bridge so around 270,000 residents and tourists use The Ferry Company Læsø’s services to travel to and from Frederikshavn on the mainland. Currently, the 440-passenger, 55-car Ane Læsø and the 589-passenger, 75-car Margrete Læsø sail 90-minute crossings on the route. It is hoped the new ferry would help the company to cater to increased passenger demand.
“There is a rise in the tourism to Læsø, and one of the most important things in attracting new tourists is smooth and frequent access to the island,” said Lars Rieks, CEO of The Ferry Company Læsø. “We are looking forward to our new cooperation with OSK-ShipTech to develop a new and bigger ferry that is tailor-made for the route so passengers can travel faster to and from the island and to ensure room for our passengers on the preferred sailings.”
OSK-ShipTech will be responsible for the design, specifications, tendering, building, interior and technical solutions onboard the ferry.
“We’re happy that The Ferry Company Læsø chose us for the contract,” said Kristian Carøe Lind, CTO at OSK-ShipTech. “A ferry project of this magnitude gives us the possibility to bring all of our competences to the table, and we are looking forward to examining whether the premises for a completely new ferry exist and subsequently potentially deliver a ship that is totally optimised to service this route.”