In 2018, DFDS signed a contract with Guangzhou Shipyard International for the delivery of two ro-pax ships for the Baltic Sea route network. Now four years later down the line, after covering more than 11,000 nautical miles from China to Europe, Aura Seaways, the first of two Newbuilds, embarked on her first maiden voyage on a scheduled departure between Klaipėda and Karlshamn, with many passengers and cargo on board. The vessel is a RoPax vessel. With 4500 lane meters, she is the largest DFDS’s vessel in terms of cargo capacity, with a deadweight of around 12,750 tons. Aura Seaways can accommodate 600 passengers and 62 crew members. Aura Seaways fulfills the new design standards of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), and the CO2 emissions per trailer, which are more than 20% lower than on the vessels currently trading on the intended routes Karlshamn (Sweden) – Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Kiel (Germany) – Klaipeda.
Another new Luna Seaways ferry is expected to be operated on the same line in March-April, 2022.