Molslinjens Express 4 is heading to Aarhus
After a years work, ship builders at Austal Shipyard in Perth have handed over Express 4 to Molslinjen’s people in Australia. After a few weeks of doing tests in waters outside Perth, Molslinjens crew began the 20.000 kilometer trip to Aarhus, which is equivalent to 11.100 nautical miles.
“Express 4 will ensure that we have the necessary capacity in Kattegat, once we have submitted Express 1 and Max Mols to the operation in Bornholm” says Molslinjen’s CEO, Carsten Jensen.
From Perth, which is located on the west coast of Australia, the trip will go through the Indian Ocean, via the Suez Canal, further through the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and the North Sea. Once the express ferry has made a stop in Skagen, it will sail home towards Aarhus through Kattegat.
The trip will last a month. Even though intensive test sails have been done in the weeks prior to the trip to Aarhus, it is always interesting to see how a brand new ship reacts to a trip as long as this.
"We have sailed ferries home from Australia before, so we are aware of the test that the ship is in for and that it is a tough trip for the crew, who wont find much comfort on an empty passenger ferry," says Carsten Jensen.
Express 4 is expected to sail the route between Aarhus and Odden for the first time in mid March. Molslinjen will thereby have three of the worlds largest catamaran ferries in operation in Kattegat.
Source: Molslinjen / Maritime Danmark