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MAX © Peter Therkildsen

MAX © Peter Therkildsen

Molslinjen sells MAX

High-speedMolslinjen has sold its oldest fast ferry, the 1998-built MAX. The ferry will henceforth operate in the Mediterranean. The reason for the sale is found in CO2 taxes, which force the company to slow down on the Kattegat.

"We have to recognize that our plans for sailing with four fast ferries on the Kattegat cannot be put together when we are subject to large taxes from the EU and at home at the same time that we are experiencing sharply increasing labour costs", explains Molslinjen's managing director, Kristian Durhuus.

MAX is the Molslinjen's smallest and oldest fast ferry. MAX was built at the Australian Incat shipyard in Tasmania with delivery in the summer of 1998. In addition to sailing on the Kattegat and Bornholm, Molslinjen has also operated the fast ferry on the routes North Sydney - Port Aux Basques (Canada), Riga - Stockholm and Portsmouth - Caen (English Channel).

The ferry has been a large part of the turnaround that Molslinjen experienced in 2011, where the focus on larger ferries from Aarhus got the shipping company on the right course. Since 2018, Max has operated as a high-capacity ferry on the Bornholm route between Rønne and Ystad, but here it was recently replaced by Express 1.

MAX is now in the harbour in Ebeltoft, where it is kept ready for deployment on the Kattegat in case of technical challenges on one of the other ferries.

MAX will be taken over by the new owners at the end of 2024.

© Shippax

May 01 2024

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