FRS opens the booking system between Rügen and Sweden
Bookings for the new ferry line, which will connect Sassnitz on the island of Rügen with Ystad in southern Sweden in just 2.5 hours from 17 September 2020 on, are now very welcome. Bookings are possible for crossings with the high-speed catamaran "Skane Jet" between 17th September and 1st November.
FRS, based in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, is taking over the "Elbfähre Glückstadt Wischhafen". As a family-run company with a history of more than 150 years, FRS is the successor to the North German ferry line. FRS also includes the shipping companies FRS Helgoline with its catamaran connection from Hamburg via Cuxhaven to Helgoland as well as the FRS Sylt Ferry as a reliable year-round connection to Sylt.
FRS organizes a repatriation of German citizens from Morocco
Tarifa • On Friday, July 3rd, FRS carried out a trip to repatriate mainly German citizens and people of other northern European nationalities who were in the country after the border closure ordered by Morocco last March. The crossing was made by the FRS ferry Kattegat, which carried about 300 passengers and 180 vehicles from the port of Tangier Med to Algeciras.
From Germany to Sweden in only 2 hours and 30 minutes: FRS takes over traditional ferry route
The ferry connection between the German island of Rügen and Sweden, historically known as the “Königslinie” (German for “King’s Line”), can look back on more than 100 years of history. The name originates from the German emperor and Swedish king who attended the festive route opening ceremony in 1897. When the previous operator withdrew from the service this year due to the Corona crisis, the end of the traditional ferry line was imminent.
The Flensburg FRS Helgoline uses another catamaran for the traffic to Helgoland. The "San Gwann" will support the catamaran "Halunder Jet" in the island traffic from Hamburg and Cuxhaven from 19th June. With the deployment of a second catamaran in the Helgoland traffic, FRS Helgoline is reacting quickly and flexibly to the current situation with a clear focus on healthy and safe traveling together. On the "Halunder Jet" as well as the "San Gwann", the daily passenger capacities are significantly reduced until further notice in order to be able to maintain the recommended distances on board. Together, both ships can carry up to 658 passengers a day to Helgoland, which is almost the actual pre-corona capacity of the "Halunder Jet" of 680 passengers.
The "RömöExpress" began operating between Havneby and List on Sylt on Tuesday 12th November. The second Sylt ferry supports the "SyltExpress" in connecting the island of Sylt with the mainland. In November, Sylt residents and holidaymakers can use the ferry every hour. Therefore, the shipping company is expanding its capacity on the Havneby - List route on Sylt by over 150 %.
Culinary delight on the Sylt ferry with GOSCH on board
Flensburg • On the "RömöExpress", the additional Sylt ferry connecting the island of Sylt with the mainland from November 4th, 2019, a new GOSCH restaurant will be established. Therefore, GOSCH also operates on a ferry now.
Environmentally friendly with LNG between Sylt and Römö
Flensburg • The Flensburg shipping group FRS, to which the Rømø-Sylt Linie belongs, buys another car ferry for your connection to Sylt. The shipping company is thus expanding its capacity on the route Havneby-List by more than 150 %. In November 2019 the ferry "Tresfjord" will start operations as the second Sylt ferry.
Flensburg, Germany • On Wednesday, the 14th of August, Syltfaehre will present the pop star Beatrice Egli on the second evening of the 8th Syltfaehre Musicnight. The singer will be playing songs from her new album "Natürlich". The ticket pre-sale will start on Saturday, June 15th, at 12 pm on insel-ticket.de and at the ticket counters of Syltfaehre in Havneby and List on Sylt.
Flensburg / Heligoland • This year's music-cruise of the shipping company FRS Helgoline in Flensburg will be bringing the music group "Fettes Brot" to Heligoland. After the release of their new album "Lovestory", the German-speaking musicians will be playing an exclusive concert in the venue "Nordseehall" as a warm-up-show for the "Deichbrand Festival".
FRS to introduce new vessel to operate the Melilla - Motril route in May
Tarifa • Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) will introduce a faster and higher capacity vessel to the Melilla - Motril route in the coming dates. The RoPax vessel ''Golden Bridge'' will start operations on the line next May. This vessel, with an overall length of 186 metres and a beam of up to 24 metres, can make the Melilla - Motril crossing in 5 hours, meaning a reduction by 2 hours on the current crossing time.
Flensburg • The FRS Group and the Danish company ÆrøXpressen have signed a management service contact for the operation of the new ferry connection between Marstal (Ærø) and Rudkøbing (Langeland). An environmentally friendly diesel-electric ferry will be used which ÆrøXpressen is currently building in Riga and Hvide Sande. The begin of operations is scheduled for the winter of 2019.
FRS Windcat establishes new subsidiary FRS Windcat Polska
Flensburg • FRS Windcat continues its growth with its recently established new subsidiary FRS Windcat Polska. The new office is based in Oliwa district in Gdansk, which will be one of the major cities in Polands future offshore development. The main reason for this step is the upcoming development from political authorities in Poland in the last months giving hopes to the industry that offshore wind energy will become an important part of the country’s energy mix. Additionally, FRS Windcat started to train Polish skippers on its Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) which are operating in the Baltic Sea. This will bring the company the possibility to have experienced Polish crew who have already worked on the Windcats CTVs and who are familiar with the specific operational area of the Baltic Sea.
Our Spanish subsidiary FRS Iberia consequently pursues its continuous growth strategy. Starting from the beginning of July 2018, the routes connecting the ports of Motril with Melilla and Huelva with the Canary Islands, operated until now by Naviera ARMAS, will be served with the high service quality for which FRS is known, utilizing the ships “Volcan de Tauce” (Motril – Melilla) and “Volcan de Teide” (Huelva – Canary Islands).
Flensburg • After a constructing time of about a year and a 48-daylong-journey, the new Heligoland catamaran was finally festively greeted at the Landungsbruecken. The Heligoland citizen Jana-Pauline Toben gave the new “Halunder Jet” its Christian name.
The new catamaran was constructed by the AUSTAL dockyard. About 250 dockyard employees, 60 employees of AUSTAL Philippines and AUSTAL Australia as well as 17 employees of FRS had worked on the new Heligoland catamaran since February 2017. AUSTAL is one of the internationally leading dockyards in the construction of high speed catamarans made of aluminum. “It takes a lot of experience and expertise to build such a high-quality catamaran like we needed it. We found a reliable and competent partner in the AUSTAL dockyard for this project”, Birte Dettmers, general manager of the FRS Helgoline, says.
Flensburg • The countdown has started: After almost a year of construction, the new Helgoland catamaran of the Flensburger Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) will soon reach home waters. After its long voyage from the Philippines, FRS expects its latest fleet addition in Hamburg on 23rd April. The final preparational journey from Algeciras to Hamburg will start on 21st April. On Friday, April 27th, the newbuilding will be christened by Jana-Pauline Singer from Helgoland with a ceremony at the Hamburg St. Pauli Landungsbrücken. The following day, April 28th, the new catamaran will officially start sailing from Hamburg to Helgoland, with stopovers in Wedel and Cuxhaven. "We are very pleased to start the Helgoland traffic on schedule on 28th April and to be able to present the ship to the public", Birte Dettmers says, Managing Director of FRS Helgoline.
Flensburg / Helgoland • The singer and songwriter Johannes Oerding from Hamburg will give an exclusive concert on Helgoland on Saturday, 16th June. With this event, the Flensburg shipping company FRS Helgoline welcomes its new Helgoland catamaran. This new, even bigger and more modern catamaran replaces the previous "Halunder Jet" on the route from Hamburg via Wedel and Cuxhaven to Helgoland and back after 15 years in Helgoland traffic and over 1.2 million passengers.
FRS Group acquires the vessel MV “Miranda” to operate Motril – Tangier Med line
Tarifa • FRS Group and Godby confirmed that the vessel "Miranda" has become part of the FRS fleet. Kekepania Shipping Company Limited, a FRS company, is the new owner of the vessel. The RoRo vessel, which will be renamed MS "Miramar Express", will commence operations for FRS in mid-January and will be sailing between Motril-Tangier Med, with daily departures throughout the year.
Flensburg • For eleven months now, the Philippine branch of the Australian Austal shipyard has been building the new Heligoland catamaran of Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) on the island of Cebu. Now a special milestone was celebrated: The launch. On 7th January, 2018 at around 1:00 a.m. local time, the 56-metre long ship was rolled on rails from the assembly hall to the slipway and then successfully launched.
Introducing New FRS Caribbean Route from Miami to Grand Bahama Island
Miami, USA • FRS Caribbean announces the launch of their brand‐new service to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The high‐speed craft “San Gwann”, currently operating between Miami and Bimini Island, is now adding a second destination, directly from Miami to Grand Bahama Island in just 3 hours. The vessel, offering comfortable seating for 427 passengers, is equipped with bars in both passenger decks, where passengers can enjoy refreshments and snacks during their voyage and a duty‐free shop to end a getaway with some mementoes and gifts. Guests can also purchase excursions onboard to enjoy the island, like water activities available from kayak, paddle boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, and more.
Flensburg • After 15 years in service, the high speed catamaran "Halunder Jet" says farewell to the Heligoland traffic. Having served from 2003 to 2017, the vessel took the trip to and from the island 2,944 times, shipping 1,278,042 passengers in a fast and comfortable way. Starting in the 2018 season, the "Halunder Jet" will be replaced by a brand new catamaran that is currently built by australian shipyard AUSTAL.
Weiße Flotte: New solar ship christened at Autostadt Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg / Stralsund, Germany • On Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, the sixth solar catamaran of the Weiße Flotte has been christened "Aluna" at the jetty of Autostadt Wolfsburg. Mrs. Elisabeth Pötsch, president of the International Circle of Friends Wolfsburg e.V. and wife of the chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG, acted as godmother for the ship. Fans of Autostadt had been suggesting over 450 names for the vessel. In an online voting, the name of a 16-year-old schoolgirl was selected.
FRS Iberia: 20,000 euros for the 20 millionth passenger
Tarifa • On Wednesday, 23rd of August 2017, the Spanish subsidiary of FRS Förde Reederei Seetouristik, FRS Iberia, celebrated the 20 millionth passenger on board its ships since start of its operations on the Strait of Gibraltar in the year 2000. Lucky winner of the price of € 20,000 is Awatif Laguelil, a French-Moroccan woman from Casablanca.
FRS HanseFerry commences service from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken to Blankenese
Flensburg • Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) from Flensburg has commenced regular ship service between St. Pauli Landungsbrücken in Hamburg to Blankenese on the 14th of April 2017. The vessel „Kleine Freiheit“ ("Small Freedom") connects the St. Pauli piers in the heart of the city of Hamburg with the picturesque suburb of Blankenese, one of the most popular destinations with mediterranean flair. The connection will be offered daily and all year. In addition to 240 passengers the ferry can also carry up to 30 bicycles.
FRS signs construction contract with AUSTAL: A new ship for Heligoland
Flensburg • The Shipping Group Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS), based in the North of Germany, and the Australian shipyard AUSTAL have signed a contract for the construction of a catamaran for the Heligoland traffic of FRS. The 56.4 m long new construction has been specially developed for Heligoland traffic and can carry up to 692 passengers, who can look forward not only to the generous sun decks but also to the comfortable journey. The 35 knot-fast double hull ship will be delivered in spring 2018 to replace the "Halunder Jet" that has been in operation since 2003 on the Hamburg – Wedel – Cuxhaven – Heligoland route.
Flensburg • Good teamwork pays off: On October 1st and 2nd, the company sports championship sailing, called German Company Cup (“Deutscher Company Cup 2016“) was held on the Flensburg Fjord at Flensburg-Sonwik in the far north of Germany. The FRS Racing Team of the Foerde Reederei Seetouristik came out on top of the list.
Flensburg / Miami • FRS plans to start daily operations between Miami, Florida and Bimini, Bahamas this summer. For the new route, the high speed catamaran “San Gwann” was acquired. The vessel carries 427 passengers and reaches a speed of 38 knots, making the trip from port to port in only 2 hours.
With this unique offer FRS provides a day cruise service for everyone who wants to visit Bimini Island and come back on the same day, enjoying eight hours in the Bahamas. Furthermore, customers have the opportunity to stay in the Hilton Hotel at Resort World Bimini. The grand opening of this brand new 5 star hotel has been announced recently.
Meyer & Meyer and FRS Iberia agree long-term co-operation on the Strait of Gibraltar ferry route to Motril
Flensburg / Tarifa • Meyer & Meyer, one of the leading fashion logistics specialists in Europe and North Africa, and the shipping line FRS Iberia announce the signing of a long-term contract. Henceforth, Meyer & Meyer's trucks will regularly use the new FRS ferry “Al Andalus Express” between Motril (Spain) and Tanger-Med (Morocco).
Tarifa, Spain • By commissioning another vessel for the Motril – Tangier Med route, the FRS strengthens their commitment for the most interesting freight market on the Strait Of Gibraltar. The "Al Andalus Express" is a modern, efficient ship that after an extensive reconstruction will set new standards on this attractive route regarding speed and comfort. The Motril – Tangier Med service is operated by FRS since January, 2016.
Flensburg, Germany • The Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS), based in Flensburg, Germany, has engaged the Canadian Len Roueche in a part-time consulting role. The former CEO of the Interferry organisation will help FRS identify new business opportunities.
FRS Acquires Clipper, Plans North American Expansion
Seattle / Washington, USA • Clipper and FRS today announce that FRS has acquired a majority interest in Clipper. With the acquisition Clipper will expand its Canadian service. Additionally, with Clipper’s support FRS will launch a new ferry service from Florida to Cuba, pending government guidance and approval.
Tarifa • Beginning mid-January, FRS Iberia will commence traffic on their new shipping line between the ports of Motril in Spain und Tanger Med in Morokko. The route via Motril is an interesting alternative connection between Europe and Northern Africa since it is convieniently located on the so-called "Mediterranean motorway" A-7.
Weiße Flotte starts visitor transport service in the Wolfsburg Autostadt
Stralsund • On January 1st, 2015, the "Weiße Flotte" (White Fleet) will start running the visitor transport within the Wolfsburg Autostadt theme park. The Weiße Flotte is a subsidiary of the Förde Reederei Seetouristik from Flensburg which runs maritime services all over the world. Three ships will be in service for the visitor transport in Wolfsburg.
Weiße Flotte will run four passenger ferries powered by solar energy in Berlin in 2014
Stralsund • The "Weiße Flotte GmbH" (White Fleet) from Stralsund will run four passenger ferry lines for the "Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)" in Berlin. The vessels are solar powered and will be commissioned for the public transport service in Germany's capital from 2014 on.
FWOL puts first ship into service in the German North Sea
Flensburg • Die FRS Windcat Offshore Logistics GmbH (FWOL) – ein Joint Venture der deutschen Firma FRS Offshore und dem niederländisch-britischen Windcat Workboats – hat mit dem „Windcat 35“ sein erstes Schiff in der deutschen Nordsee und somit sein insgesamt drittes Schiff in Betrieb genommen.