Fjord FSTR has finally arrived at the Port of Hirtshals


After a long voyage from the Philippines and a one-year delay, Fjord Line's new catamaran has finally arrived at the Port of Hirtshals. Fjord FSTR is a hypermodern and high technological ferry, primarily designed for fast transport of cargo as well as cars and passengers between the continent and Norway.

The new catamaran Fjord FSTR replaces HSC Fjord Cat which sailed on the route between Hirtshals and Kristiansand until the 2020 season. The catamaran is one of the largest of its type and is both significantly longer and wider than its predecessor.

- We have great expectations that our guests will welcome our new ferry with open arms, and we look forward to presenting it, said Fjord Line's Freight Director Claus Riis shortly before the arrival of Fjord FSTR at the Port of Hirtshals.

Fjord FSTR in the bassin at the Port of Hirtshals
Fjord FSTR in the port bassin at the Port of Hirtshals

Fastest on the market
With a travel time of only 2 hours and 15 minutes and a marching speed of up to 37 knots, equalling almost 70 km/h, Fjord Line's high-speed catamaran is the fastest alternative on sea between the continent and Norway.

Fjord FSTR has a capacity of 1,200 passengers which is twice the number of guests compared to Fjord Cat. Furthermore, the catamaran is equipped with 2 car decks that can hold a total of 404 cars and 16 electric vehicle charging stations.

Unlike its predecessor, Fjord FSTR can, in addition to passengers and cars, also carry cargo on the voyage across Skagerrak. With six daily departures in the high season and room for up to 30 lorries, the new catamaran contributes to a significant increase in capacity and a fast alternative to other routes within freight transport.

- At Fjord Line we are proud that we can now offer a permanent freight product on this corridor, expresses Claus Riis.

One year later than expected, Fjord FSTR has finally arrived at the Port of Hirtshals
One year later than expected, Fjord FSTR has finally arrived at the Port of Hirtshals

One-year delay
Back in 2017, it was the Australian shipyard Austal which was charged with building the ferry. The construction work began on the company's shipyard in the Philippines in the spring of 2018, and Fjord FSTR was launched in February 2020. Shortly thereafter, the ferry should have been put into operation, but due to COVID-19, it stayed at the shipyard.

On 7 March 2021, Fjord Line's crew of 11 people could finally head for Hirtshals after a one-year delay, and on April 11 2021, after a five-week long journey across three oceans, through 11 time zones and an involuntary break at the Suez Canal, Fjord FSTR reached its final destination in Hirtshals.

- Even though it is one year later than expected, we are happy to finally welcome Fjord FSTR at the Port of Hirtshals. The new catamaran will undoubtedly help to make the transport of both passengers and cargo via Hirtshals even more attractive in the future, states Anker Laden-Andersen, Chairman of the board of the Port of Hirtshals.

Ferry berth 4 at the Port of Hirtshals is finally used by Fjord FSTR
Ferry berth 4 at the Port of Hirtshals is finally used by Fjord FSTR