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Number of locations
Two routes
Area served
Baltic Sea
477 million EUR (2018)
OwnerFirst State Investments, Hermes Investment Management and 3i Group
ParentScandferries Holding ApS
DivisionsScandlines Deutschland GmbH, Scandlines Danmark ApS

Scandlines is a ferry operator owned by a consortium consisting of First State Investments, Hermes Investment Management, and equity investor 3i Group. Scandlines operates two lines for passenger and freight in and between Denmark and Germany (RødbyPuttgarden and GedserRostock). Scandlines services to Sweden were served in co-operation with Stena Line, but in 2015, Stena Line and Scandlines sold their shares to the investment fund First State.

The parent company is Scandferries Holding ApS, with headquarter in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a German subsidiary named Scandlines Deutschland GmbH situated in Hamburg, and a Danish subsidiary named Scandlines Danmark ApS, situated in Copenhagen.[1]


Scandlines used to be co-owned by the Danish Ministry of Transportation (50%) and Deutsche Bahn AG (50%),[2] but as of June 2007, it was sold to a consortium consisting of 3i Group of London (40%), Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) of Munich (40%), and Deutsche Seereederei (DSR) of Rostock (20%). The consortium bought Scandlines for a total of 1,560 million euros. On 29 October 2010, DSR's 20% share of Scandlines was acquired by 3i Group and ACP. At the end of 2013 3i Group acquired ACP's stake for 165 million euros, becoming the sole owner of Scandlines.

Since 2018, Scandlines has been owned by a consortium consisting of 3i, First State Investments, and Hermes Investment Management.

With a total of six hybrid ferries (four operating on Rødby–Puttgarden and two on Gedser–Rostock), Scandlines is the owner of the world's largest hybrid ferry fleet.

Scandlines also owns the world's largest hybrid ferries, the M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen.[3]



Two routes across the Baltic Sea are driven under the Scandlines brand.

Route Crossing time
PuttgardenRødby 45 mins
RostockGedser 1 hr 45 mins


Berlin hybrid ferry

Scandlines operates eight ferries of which six are hybrid.[4]

Name Built Tonnage Passengers Notes
Berlin 2016 22,319 1,300 hybrid ferry; Gedser–Rostock
Copenhagen 2016 22,319 1,300 hybrid ferry; Gedser–Rostock
Deutschland 1997 15,187 GT 1,200 hybrid ferry; Rødby–Puttgarden
Holger Danske 1976 2,779 GT 12 only dangerous goods
Kronprins Frederik 1981 16,071 GT 1,082 only freight
Prins Richard 1997 14,822 GT 1,140 hybrid ferry; Rødby–Puttgarden
Prinsesse Benedikte 1997 14,822 GT 1,140 hybrid ferry; Rødby–Puttgarden
Schleswig-Holstein 1997 15,187 GT 1,200 hybrid ferry; Rødby–Puttgarden


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  2. ^ "Scandlines Deutschland GMBH – Company Structure". Retrieved 2006-12-18.
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