It was a big day for DFDS and a grand experience to see the big ship slide out of the construction hall and into the harbour in Flensburg. The launch happened on February 17, 2017 shortly after the vessel was named by her godmother Lillie Valeur in the presence of invited guests and shipyard workers. One of the shipyard workers presented the godmother with the coin upon which the ship was built, in keeping with German tradition.
The 210-metre ship is the first of two sister vessels from Flensburg. Gardenia Seaways will now be completed alongside the quay in Flensburg where the superstructure will be added. It has just arrived on a barge from Poland and will be finished with fittings, pipework, electrics/electronics, furnishing etc.
In May, Gardenia is due to be delivered to DFDS for addition to the Rotterdam – Immingham route. With space for 262 trailers, which will hopefully be appreciated by the many customers looking for extra capacity.