ForSea Mercandia 4 to Become Freight-Only Ferry
Swedish ferry operator ForSea, the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry service, has decided to convert Mercandia 4 from a passenger and freight vessel to a pure freight vessel.
"As a consequence, we will no longer offer retail and F&B services on Mercandia 4 as of 1 September 2019. This is a response to a long term decline in car and passenger traffic," the environmentally friendly ferry service said.
In addition, customer surveys have over time demonstrated a clear preference of passengers to use the larger and more modern ferries, it said.
The 95-meter-long ferry, built in 1989, can accommodate up to 110 cars and 383 passengers.
"This is an important step to secure the position of the company in the future. Further initiatives to modernize the business and ensure our competitiveness will be introduced," it added.
ForSea has to date invested significantly to transform Aurora and Tycho Brahe to battery powered operation and remains committed to the development of sustainable shipping.