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Port of Hirtshals ready for Fjord FSTR to call the port


NordsøTerminalen at the Port of Hirtshals got yet another ferry berth on Friday when the contractor handed over Ferry berth 4 which is an extension of Trailerkajen. The Port of Hirtshals is thus ready to receive Fjord Line's new catamaran "Fjord FSTR" which will take over the route between Hirtshals and Kristiansand later this year.

The Port of Hirtshals' new ferry berth will primarily service Fjord Line's new catamaran "Fjord FSTR", but at the same time the ferry berth can also be called by conventional tonnage such as ro/ro vessels. This is possible due to the installation of special parallel motion fenders which are designed to adapt themselves to the size of the ship based on the compression of the fenders. This kind of fendering is one of the first of its kind in Denmark.



In parallel with the construction work of Ferry berth 4, it should also be possible for Fjord Line's catamaran "HSC Fjord Cat" to sail during the summer season. Therefore, it was necessary for Hirtshals Havn, the consulting engineers at A1-Consult, the contractor CG Jensen and Fjord Line to have a close and constructive dialogue throughout the duration of the project.

- Throughout the entire planning and construction process, there has been a good cooperation with all parties involved. At the same time, we are finished on time and have achieved the desired result. In this way, we have succeeded in spite of all the challenges that have faced due to both our own demands but also the demands of the shipping company, says technical manager at the Port of Hirtshals, Peter Ydesen in connection with the handover.



The new Ferry berth 4 at the Port of Hirtshals includes fendering, a concrete berth scour protection and a movable linkspan, which has a width of 29 meters and can move 3 metres up and down. The ferry berth is designed to be future-proofed and prepared for the heavy load that results from the three daily calls of the catamaran.

"Fjord FSTR" will replace Fjord Line's "HSC Fjord Cat" which sails the route between Hirtshals and Kristiansand today. The new catamaran is just as fast and stable as "HSC Fjord Cat", but at the same time it has almost twice the capacity for both passengers and cars. "Fjord FSTR" is considerably longer and can accommodate as many as 1,200 passengers, over 400 passenger cars and up to 30 lorries. The new catamaran will thus increase the number of passengers as well as passenger cars and lorries between Denmark and Norway.