Molslinjen

Molslinjen
TypeAktieselskab
Founded1964
HeadquartersAarhus, Denmark
Area served
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Germany
Key people
Carsten Jensen, CEO
ServicesPassenger transportation, Freight transportation
Websitemolslinjen.dk
Molslinjen routes

Molslinjen (previously Mols-Linien) is a Danish company that operates ferry services between Jutland and Zealand, and also services to Bornholm. In March 2017, the routes in the Kattegat were renamed to Molslinjen.

History

Molslinjen was formed by DFDS in 1964 sailings commenced on 18 May 1966.[1]

A downturn in traffic following the 1973 oil crisis led Molslinjen into a pooling agreement with rival Grenaa-Hundested Linien in 1979.[2]

In 1984 DFDS sold Molslinjen and Grenaa-Hundested Linien to J. Lauritzen A/S. The company was sold 4 years later to Danish investment company DIFKO.

In 1999 Molslinjen merged with Scandlines subsidiary Cat-Link.

Scandlines sold its holding to the Clipper Group in 2008.

In July 2011, Molslinjen announced it was to terminate the Kalundborg – Aarhus route and sell the two vessels operating the route.[3]

Molslinjen terminated the Aarhus – Kalundborg route on 15 September 2011. Thereafter the route was operated by Kattegatruten until October 2013 and then suspended.

In 2016 Molslinjen won a 10-year public tender to operate ferry services to Bornholm, and operations started in September 2018 under the name Bornholmslinjen.

In 2018, the ferry routes of Alslinjen, Langelandslinjen, Samsølinjen and Fanølinjen became part of Molslinjen with the acquisition of Danske Færger.[4][5]

In January 2023, the Danish and Swedish competition regulators approved the sale of ForSea Ferries to Molslinjen for an undisclosed sum.[6]

Fleet

Molslinjen operates a fleet of three high speed ferries.

Image Name Built Enterered service Gross Tonnage Notes
Express 5 2022 Cost €83.7 million, Austal ship. Will carry 1,610 passengers and 450 cars.[7]
Express 4, Henderson, 2018 (01).jpg Express 4 2018 2018 10,500 GT Built by Austal in Western Australia.[8] Austal ships do not have the centre bow that characterises the previous solely Incat built fleet.
20170710 Molslinjen Aarhus 10 (36005662232).jpg Express 3 2017 2017 10,842 GT Sailed from Incat shipyards in Tasmania, April 2017[9]
Mols-Linien (11833843795).jpg Express 2 2013 2013 10,503 GT
Mols-Linien Katexpress (11834616506).jpg Express 1 2009 2012 10,503 GT Operates on Bornholmslinjen routes
Max mols.png Max Mols 1998 1999 5,617 GT Operates on Bornholmslinjen routes

Routes

Molslinjen's routes to/from Bornholm since 1 September 2018.

Molslinjen operates various routes around Denmark and surrounding countries, under a multitude of brand names.

References

  1. ^ Skjøtt, Heino. "st ark". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mols Line Ferry Postcards". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ "2358059 - Profile | Reuters". Archived from the original on 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Om FANØLINJEN". FANØLINJEN (in Danish). Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  5. ^ Ferry Shipping News. Molslinjen Buys Danske Færger. Retrieved 22 January 2023
  6. ^ Sjöfartstidningen. Molslinjen får grönt ljus för köpet av ForSea. Retrieved 19 January 2023
  7. ^ "Austal to build new catamaran for Molslinjen".
  8. ^ "Austal Commences Construction of 109 Metre High Speed Ferry for Molslinjen of Denmark". 26 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Incat Heralds New Generation Fast Ferry". Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Time table". MOLSLINJEN. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  11. ^ "BORNHOLMSLINJENs timetable". BORNHOLMSLINJEN. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  12. ^ "SAMSØLINJENs fartplan". SAMSØLINJEN (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  13. ^ "ALSLINJENs fartplan". ALSLINJEN (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Se LANGELANDSLINJENs fartplan her". LANGELAND (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  15. ^ "FANØLINJENs fartplan". FANØLINJEN (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2023.

External links

  • molslinjen.dk
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