Ferry Company Læsø has selected OSK-ShipTech to study the possibility of deploying a new vessel between Læsø and Frederikshavn, Denmark.
As part of the contract, OSK-ShipTech will carry out preliminary examinations regarding the potential purchase and construction of a new ferry sailing between Læsø and Frederikshavn.
OSK-ShipTech will be also responsible for the design, specifications, tendering, building, interior and technical solutions of the new Læsø ferry.
The collective passenger and car capacity of the vessel is yet to be confirmed.
Ferry Company Læsø CEO Lars Rieks said: “There is a rise in the tourism to Læsø, and one of the most important things in attracting new tourists is smooth and frequent access to the island.
“We are looking forward to our new cooperation with OSK-ShipTech to develop a new and bigger ferry, which is tailor-made for the route so passengers can travel faster to and from the island, and to ensure room for our passengers on the preferred sailings.”
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One of Denmark’s islands without a bridge, Læsø is fully dependent on a ferry connection to transport residents, freight and tourists to and from the island.
Nearly 270,000 passengers take the 90min-long ferry trip between Frederikshavn and Læsø per annum.
The two ferries currently operating on the route are capable of accommodating a total of 130 cars and 1,029 travellers.
OSK-ShipTech CTO Kristian Lind said: “A ferry project of this magnitude gives us the possibility to bring all of our competencies to the table, and we are looking forward to examining whether the premises for a completely new ferry exist and subsequently potentially deliver a ship that is totally optimised to service this route.”
The company currently provides maritime services, ship designs, interior design, technical solutions and other services.
Image: The island of Læsø in Denmark. Photo: courtesy of OSK-ShipTech.