FRS – Worldwide Ferry Operator

Tradition. Consistency. Innovation. Meet Fast Reliable Seaways.

The FRS GmbH & Co. KG (FRS) can look back on a shipping history of more than 150 years. Since then, FRS has developed from a regional passenger shipping company to an internationally active group of companies and is today one of the leading specialists in the field of ferry shipping in Europe. FRS runs around 60 vessels worldwide. The shipping company operates numerous national and international ferry and catamaran connections and transported around 5.7 million passengers and 1.5 million vehicles in 2023. FRS is also active in the fields of offshore logistics, port management, crewing and maritime management consulting.

Latest News:

FRS and L'Express des Îles present: The Inauguration of Our Grandest Vessel in the Caribbean, yet!

FRS and L'Express des Îles present: The Inauguration of Our Grandest Vessel in the Caribbean, yet!

FLENSBURG/POINTE A PITRE, April 8th, 2024 In a momentous development for both FRS and L'EXPRESS DES ILES, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming debut of our most magnificent vessel to date, poised to navigate the Caribbean Sea in 2024. As the newest addition to the FRS Group, L'Express des Îles stands ready to redefine Caribbean travel, enhancing our offerings with unmatched sophistication and operational excellence.


FRS completes takeover of the French-Caribbean company L'Express des Îles

FRS completes takeover of the French-Caribbean company L'Express des Îles

On March 14, 2024, the takeover of L'Express des Îles by the renowned ferry operator FRS was completed. This marks a significant milestone in FRS's expansion strategy to diversify its route offering. The acquisition enables FRS to strengthen its leading position in the shipping industry while reinforcing its commitment to first-class services.


FRS to acquire French Caribbean company L'Express des Îles

FRS to Acquire French Caribbean company L'Express des Îles

The internationally renowned ferry company FRS has entered into an agreement to acquire L'Express des Îles, a leading maritime company in the Caribbean Sea. This move is part of FRS's strategic realignment, following the successful sale of FRS Iberia, with a focus on diversifying the range of offered routes.



The ferry line of the future


Green mobility in northern Germany

Our subsidiary FRS Elbfähre has the necessary know-how to offer an ecologically sustainable solution. Therefore, a concept paper was created in which the concept is presented in three steps.

Read the entire concept paper here (in German):


FRS provides comprehensive consulting and high-quality maritime services for all aspects of maritime projects, based on its extensive experience and vast maritime knowledge. Solutions developed by FRS are tailor-made for every single client.

View from the captain's bridge to the open sea

Maritime Services

  • Organisational & Economical Management
  • Technical Management
  • Crewing
Maritime Services
Offshore Windpark

CSR Efforts

  • Emission-free & Silent
  • Low Vibrations
  • Economical

Career At FRS

  • Trust-based working hours
  • A modern working environment
  • Free rides on our ships worldwide

FRS – World Leading International Ferry Specialist

The roots of FRS go back to 1866, when the first steam ship passenger service on the Flensburg Fjord started under the flag of the company "Flensburg-Ekensunder Dampfschiffsgesellschaft" (FEDG). In 1935, "Förde Reederei GmbH" was founded by about 100 merchants from Flensburg in Northern Germany to supersede the promising business of FEDG in an emerging market.

The FRS has grown from a regional steamboat shipping company to an international successfully operating shipping company, operating around 61 vessels. Last year FRS carried 7.4 million passengers and 1.7 million vehicles. Extensive experience and dedication characterize our work.

With our subsidiaries, we are active in Europe, North America and the Middle East.


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