Thursday, April 19, 2012

P+S Werften ro-pax delayed

Baltic Sea ferry operator Scandlines has announced that its latest newbuildings, the ro-pax ferries Berlin and Copenhagen, will be delivered considerably later than expected from Germany’s P+S Werften shipbuilding group.

Berlin is now expected to be in service by July 1 and Copenhagen should follow by September 1, four months later than Scandlines planned in February when it announced that it would name the first vessel on March 9. The date was then postponed to May 3 to enable a double naming ceremony for both vessels. This too has now also been cancelled.

“We had obviously hoped for more progress... at the yard but have to adjust to the circumstances to ensure smooth operations and a high service level for our customers during the peak season,” said Scandlines chief operating officer, Søren Poulsgaard-Jensen.

“Still we expect the yard to overcome the current challenges as soon as possible to avoid any further delays.”

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