Ferry services between Norway and Denmark cut back due to fuel prices 

Two of ferry company Fjordline’s boats will stop sailing between Stavanger, Bergen and Langesund in Norway and Hirtshals in Denmark between February and May. 

Pictured is a stock photo of a ferry cabin.
Ferry services between Norway and Denmark will be affected between February and May. Pictured is a stock photo of a ferry cabin.Photo by Henry Bauer on Unsplash

Some 36,000 passengers who had already booked tickets to travel on either the MS Stavangerfjord or the MS Bergensfjord services have had their trips cancelled.

Newspaper Bergens Tidende reports that the services will not run throughout the spring due to rising fuel costs.

The ferries currently run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has increased in price ten-fold, according to Fjordline CEO Brian Thorsted Hansen. 

The two ships being taken out of service will be converted to run-on marine gas oils (MGO), which have also increased in price- but not to the extent of liquefied natural gas. 

“Due to the energy crisis in Europe and very high gas prices, Fjord Line will rebuild its two ships which are currently powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). The conversion means that the ships will be able to switch between LNG and MGO as fuel, so that we ensure an economically sustainable operation also in the period until LNG prices normalise,” Fjordline writes on its website

Customers who had booked to travel on the services will be offered a refund, travel vouchers to be used with Fjordline, or the opportunity to be rebooked at a later date. 

MS Stavangerfjord sails Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals, MS Bergensfjord Hirtshals-Langesund. Neither of the routes will be operated between February 8th and May 25th. Fjordline has said that its Kristiansand-Hirtshals will run as normal from March 31st. 

Full service on all its routes to Denmark will not resume until June 17th, Fjordline writes on its website. 

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Danish rail staff report high incidence of abuse at work

Staff on board Denmark’s trains are subjected to both physical and verbal abuse when at work, rail employees said in a survey.

Danish rail staff report high incidence of abuse at work

In the survey, conducted by the trade union for rail workers Dansk Jernbaneforbund, one in five rail staff said they had received physical abuse at work at some point during the last three months.

Almost 80 percent meanwhile said they had received verbal abuse during the last three months.

Some 415 rail workers took part in the survey.

The abuse is most likely to occur when staff check the validity of passengers’ tickets.

The chairman of the trade union, Preben S. Pedersen, said that the number of staff facing aggressive working environments was too high.

“These numbers tell us a grim story about what our colleagues experience every day out on the trains. And too many people experience an excessively harsh working environment, where violence occurs frequently,” he said in press statement.

“We must and should not accept that situation,” he said.

Staff must not be alone on trains, he stressed.

“We must make sure that staff are never working alone on routes where this occurs most frequently,” he said.

“Secondly, we must train front line staff even better to handle conflicts so they have the best and newest remedies in their tool box,” he said.

A majority of train staff also said that the atmosphere on board trains has become worse since the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There are groups which react very negatively to authorities and who think it is okay to abuse our staff verbally. Staff in other sectors have also reported this trend,” Pedersen said.

“I think we need to speak out against this trend if it is to be turned around,” he said.