Founded 1866
Headquarters Rønne, Denmark
Area served
Baltic Sea
Key people
Board director: John Steen-Mikkelsen
Board member: Per Gullestrup.
Board member: Steen E. Christensen.
Board member: Roar B. Schou.
Board member: Christian Hassel.
Services Passenger transportation
Freight transportation
Parent Færgen A/S
Website www.bornholmerfæ
Logo 1993 - 2005
Logo 2005-2010

BornholmerFærgen is a Danish ferry company which connected the island of Bornholm to Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Until 2011 known as Bornholmertrafikken, it is now a subsidiary of Danske Færger.


The Dampskibsselskabet på Bornholm af 1866 A/S was formed.

Car ferry Bornholmerpilen enters service.

Danish state takes control.

High speed catamaran Villum Clausen enters service.

Danish State puts Bornholm routes out to tender. Danish terminal moves from Copenhagen to Køge.

Bornholmstrafikken A/S is formed. New ROPAX vessels Hammerodde and Dueodde enter service.

Bornholmstrafikken A/S enters into a 50/50 collaboration with the Clipper Group A/S and establish Nordic Ferry Services A/S

The Hammerodde is rebuilt at STX Europe. The Dueodde is sold to New Zealand ferry operator Strait Shipping (Bluebridge). Bornholmstrafikken re-brands as BornholmerFærgen.[1]

High speed catamaran Leonora Christina enters service.


BornholmerFærgen Routes

BornholmerFærgen operate three routes from the island of Bornholm.

Route Frequency Crossing time
RønneYstad up to 8 crossings per day[2] 1hr 15mins (Fast ferry)
2hrs 30mins (Conventional ferry)
RønneKøge 1 crossings per day 5hrs 30mins
RønneSassnitz up to 8 crossings per week[2] 3hrs 30mins


Villum Clausen
Povl Anker

BornholmerFærgen currently operates a fleet of three ships (one fast ferry and two conventional ferries). A second fast ferry joined the fleet in September 2011.

Current vessels

HSC Leonora Christina
High speed catamaran, build in Western Australia. She is in service on the Rønne - Ystad route since June 22, 2011.[3]

MS Povl Anker
The Povl Anker was built at the Danish Aalborg Shipyard in 1978. She is the oldest vessel in the BornholmerFærgen fleet. The vessel is named after Paul Hansen Anker, who was vicar of Rutsker and Hasle and active in the rebellion against the Swedish government in 1658. BornholmerFærgen plan to keep her in service until 2017 as a reserve ferry.[4] In October 2006, she served as backdrop Paprika Steen’s 2007 movie, With Your Permission. The Povl Anker was classified in 1978 as a I 3/3 E, Deep Sea Car Ferry, ICE II at Bureau Veritas,[5] meaning that she is strengthened for navigation in ice.[6]

HSC Villum Clausen
(Launched: 2000) fast ferry (catamaran) Capacity approximately 215 cars and 1055 passengers requiring seats for all. Top speed 48 knots. Recorded in the Guinness Book of Records for its top speed and the longest distance in 24 hours of the voyage from the shipyard Austal Ships in Australia to Denmark. Villum Clausen was the brother of Jens Pedersen Kofod, and it was Villum Clausen, who shot the Swedish commander Johan Printzensköld who tried to escape arrest.

MS Hammerodde
Built at Merwede shipyard in the Netherlands in 2005. Capacity 1235 lane meters, 400 passengers, 108 berths in 60 cabins. Ice class 1C.[7] The Hammerodde was rebuilt by the STX Europe shipyard in 2010 with an extra vehicle deck at the stern.

Past vessels

MS Dueodde (2005-2010)
Sister ship to the Hammerodde. Built in 2005 by Merwede. In September 2010 she was purchased by New Zealand ferry operator Strait Shipping (Bluebridge) and renamed MV Straitsman for service on Cook Strait.[8]

MS Jens Kofod (1979-2005)
Sister ship to Povl Anker. Sold to Eckerö Linjen in 2005 for service between Eckerö and Grisslehamn, The vessel was named after Jens Kofod Pedersen, who, like Paul Hansen Anker was active in the struggle against the Swedish government and was a cousin of Villum Clausen.

MS Peder Olsen (1991-1999)
Built in 1974 as the Kalle III for Jydsk Færgefart A/S. Sold to Moby Lines in 1999 for service in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

MS Rotna (1971-1978)
Built in 1962 as the Kalle for Juelsminde-Kalundborg Linien. Sold to Gozo Channel Line in 1978 for service in the Mediterranean. Broken up in 2002.


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  4. Ferry Publications Magazine, February 2010,[]
  5. BornholmerFærgen A/S (Danish) This class doesn't exist anymore, but is still used by the company to explain the capacity of the ferry to its customers.
  6. The icy conditions may not exceed 10-15 cm thickness. (BornholmerFærgen July 13th, 2011)
  7. New Deliveries: Hammerodde & Dueodde. Ferry Technology, August 2005. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
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