Color Line Deploys New RoRo Ship on Oslo-Kiel Route
Norway-based ferry operator Color Line has increased freight capacity between the ports of Oslo in Norway and Kiel in Germany by deploying new roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel on this sea route.
On January 10, 2019, the company’s recently acquired Color Carrier sailed for the first time from Hjortneskaia in Oslo to Kiel.
The ship will have six weekly evening departures, three in each direction and the route will have roughly 21 hour sailing time.
The new tonnage will double the existing offer on the route with an increased capacity of 36 000 trailers annually, according to Color Line.
With the new RoRo product, Color Line Cargo will be able to shift a huge quantity of trucks and trailers from road to seaway.
The initiative is an important contribution to strengthening the environmentally-friendly sea route, Trond Kleivdal, CEO of the company, explained. He added that the move is in line with the company’s ambitions for further development of sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions for Norwegian shipping.
Previously known as Finncarrier, the 1998-built ship was purchased by Color Line from Finnlines. Two years ago, the 154.5-meter-long vessel was equipped with scrubbers.
According to Color Line, Color Carrier will also be refitted to use existing facilities for shore power at the Color Line terminal in Oslo and at similar facilities in Kiel.