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 70 vessels and has more than 1,500 employees worldwide. The shipping company operates numerous national and international ferry and catamaran connections and transports around 7.4 million passengers and 1.7 million vehicles per year. FRS is also active in the fields of offshore logistics, port management, crewing and maritime management consulting.

Latest News:

FRS sells subsidiary FRS Iberia to DFDS

FRS is planning further growth in new national and international business areas.

17/09/2023 • Time to say goodbye to the red dolphin: The internationally operating ferry company FRS is separating from the subsidiary FRS Iberia. In the future, the ferry lines between Spain and Morocco are going to be operated by the Danish ferry company DFDS. FRS intents to expand its national and international activities in other regions.




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 70 vessels and employing more than 1.500 employees. In recent years, FRS carried 7.4 million passengers and 1.7 million vehicles anually. Extensive experience and dedication characterize our work.

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


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