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Old names for Molslinjen’s new electric ferries

FerryMolslinjen is building two new electric ferries at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey, which will sail for Alslinjen and Samsølinjen. These have now been named, and the choice has fallen on two old names that both have roots in the local community on Als and Samsø. The Alslinjen ferry will be called NERTHUS, while the Samsølinjen ferry will be called TYRFING.

Both names originate from Nordic tales. NERTHUS is named after an Old Norse or Old Germanic goddess of earth and fertility, as well as a goddess of peace and prosperity. It is believed that NERTHUS' wagon lies at the bottom of Hellesøe on Als. TYRFING is named after a magical sword in Norse mythology that belongs to the legendary king Angantyr and his family. The magical sword was known to always hit the mark when swung, never to rust, and so it could cut through stone and iron as easily as clothing. According to legend, Angantyr was killed on Samsø, where he is buried with his sword.

"It was important for us to find names for the ferries that had a local connection to Als and Samsø. That is why we have been in contact with the local history archive and other local associations, so that we could find the right names for the two new electric ferries," says Molslinjen's managing director, Kristian Durhuus.

According to the plan, Alslinjen's new electric ferry is to be put into operation on the route between Bøjden and Fynshav in late summer 2024, while Samsølinjen's ferry, which will sail on the Ballen-Kalundborg route, is to be put into operation at the beginning of 2025.

The ferries will be 117m long and have a capacity for 600 passengers and 188 cars.

© Shippax

Feb 02 2024

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