When in 2018 BORNHOLM LINE took over ferry transport to Bornholm, thereby significantly reducing ticket prices - the number of visitors to the island increased rapidly and set new records in 2019.
The increase in visitors to the island also had the desired effect. The tourism industry and related businesses on Bornholm have created new growth and new jobs. However, the greater number of visitors to the island created a problem with finding places for them on the ferries. From the outset, it turned out that there were not enough connections on the most important route between Rønne and Ystad.
BORNHOLM LINE announced at a press conference in autumn 2019 that the world's largest high-speed ferry will be delivered to Bornholm in spring 2022.
The largest high-speed ferry in the world, Express 5, is produced in the Australian shipyards in Cebu, Philippines and Vung Tau, Vietnam. Currently, around 200 men are working to prepare the high-speed ferry by spring 2022, and as construction progresses, more staff will be assigned to the project.
All parts of the ship will be finally assembled at the Philippine Austal shipyard, where the high-speed ferry will be completed and then tested. Construction began on July 8, 2020, and will take almost two years.
The Express 5 will be the largest catamaran in the world with a capacity of 1,610 passengers and 450 cars and will travel at a speed of 37 knots. It is powered by a medium-speed LNG-adapted power plant that offers a powerful, yet an economical and environmentally friendly solution.