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DFDS NEWBUILDING MILESTONE: Keel laying for first of two new RoPax Ferries for the Baltic Route in China


DFDS newbuilding projects in China reached milestone after milestone in 2019 and it seems to move in the same direction in 2020.

Just last week the fourth mega freight ferry from Jinling Shipyard was delivered to us. Today, on 13 January, the keel was laid for the first out of two combined freight and passenger newbuildings from Guangzhou Shipyard in South China.

The keel laying ceremony celebrates the startup of the construction in the drydock and birth of the ship. It was held in the drydock, where the construction will be in progress until she is ready for the launch.


The shipbuilding contract for two ro-pax ferries was signed on February 12 between DFDS and GSI.

Both ships are planned to be delivered in 2021. The ships will be built at GSI’s Nansha yard.


The 230m-long ro-pax ferries will carry 4,500 lane metres of freight and passenger vehicles as well as 600 passengers.

The ships are planned to be deployed on one of the Baltic routes connecting Lithuania to either Sweden or Germany.

They will be built to the newest environmental standard offering the lowest possible fuel consumption and emissions. They will also be fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers and have ice class 1C.

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