Berlin will be named on 3 May and start serviice (Image: Claus Lillevang)
Scandlines’ Berlin started sea trials on 20 April following a €100 million conversion at Fayard’s Munkebo yard in Denmark.
Berlin has already successfully completed harbour acceptance tests and will be tested for manoeuvrability in normal and unusual operating conditions during her five-day sea trials. The ferry will then sail to her future berth in Rostock, Germany in time for her 3 May naming ceremony and starting service on the Rostock-Gedser route between Germany and Denmark.
Berlin will have the capacity to carry 1,300, rather than 1,000, passengers and 460 cars or 96 trucks, more than double the capacity of the ships currently sailing on the route. She will replace Prince Joachim, which currently serves the Rostock-Gedser route and will offer more regular departures every two hours, staying in the harbour for just 15 minutes. Sister vessel Copenhagen, which is also being converted, will enter operation alongside Berlin late this summer.
Both ferries will feature interiors inspired by nature and offer Berlin Xpresso, FoodXpress, an onboard shop, a sun deck and Scandlines Buffet, which seats more than 300 people.
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