Wednesday evening, the city council approved a local plan for the expansion of Port of Frederikshavn, including a new quay facility, which shall make space for Orskov Yard’s new floating dock. All parties involved have worked constructively to find the optimal solution, and an expansion plan has been created with success, which accommodates both Orskov Yard, Stena Line and the other customers of the port.
- For Port of Frederikshavn the new quay facility means more ship calls, but it also means that two of the port’s largest customers will have the best opportunities for development of their businesses and thereby creation of more jobs. There are many parties involved in a case like this, however I can assure that all have worked positively and constructively to find a good solution, where both safety and development can go hand in hand. No one has worked against a solution in this process, which enables the expansion of Orskov Yard with new dock capacity, says Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, CEO at Port of Frederikshavn.
The expansion by Østre Kaj comprises a new port- and yard facility, which are established in the port’s existing basins. The area will have two new quay facilities consisting of a ship quay and a dock quay. With capacity for a new floating dock, Orskov Yard has the possibility of servicing more and larger vessels than they do today. The new dock has already been ordered at Hat-San Yard in Turkey and will have a length of 180 metres, an internal width of 30 metres and a lifting capacity of 10,000 tons.
- Orskov Yard is content that the facility has now been approved by the city council in Frederikshavn and looks forward to the construction of the new quay facility, in order for us to take our new floating dock into use in the beginning of next year. It has been important for us to ensure an optimal layout of the new facility, which opens up for further expansion opportunities in the future, says Lars Fischer, CEO at Orksov Yard.
At first Stena Line, which presently operates with 4 ferries to Sweden and Norway from Frederikshavn, objected to the establishment of the quay facility due to the limitation of their maneuvering possibilities in the port and possible future addition of larger ferries on the routes to and from Frederikshavn. Port of Frederikshavn has in close cooperation with Stena Line carried out examinations and sailing simulations, and these initiatives have resulted in an adjustment of the location of quay facility. As a result of this, Stena Line has withdrawn their objection.
- Stena Line is very satisfied with both the process as well as the result of the good dialogue with Port of Frederikshavn. We have a long common history, and for us the most important issue was to secure a safe and effective operation of Stena Line in the port both now and in the future, says Bjarne Koitrand, Technical Operations Director, Stena Line.