Color Line Ferries - Further Information on Color Line Ferry Services
During its extensive fleet renewal programme, which commenced in 2004, Color Line has invested some €940 million into the construction of new ships and concepts.
Color Line Fleet
MS Bohus - Built 1971 - Route Served - Sandefjord and Strömstad.
MS Color Fantasy - Built 2004 - Route Served - Oslo and Kiel
MS Color Magic - Built 2007 - Route Served - Oslo and Kiel
MS Color Viking - Built 1985 - Route Served - Sandefjord and Strömstad.
MS Superspeed 1 - Built 2008 - Route Served - Kristiansand and Hirtshals
MS Superspeed 2 - Built 2008 - Route Served - Larvik and Hirtshals
History of Color Line Ferries
Color Line has roots in the ferry business that go back more than 100 years. The company was established in 1990 when two Norwegian shipping companies, Jahre Line and Norway Line merged. Jahre Line had operated ferries between Oslo and Kiel since 1961, while Norway Line had operated ferries from Norway to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands since 1986. During 1990 Color Line also took over the Fred. Olsen Lines cruiseferry operations, thereby expanding the traffic are of the new company to Norway—Denmark routes.
During the first half of the 1990s Color Line enlargened their tonnage by lengthening their existing ships and replacing older small ships by acquisition of larger second-hand ships. The company begun operating fast ferries between Norway and Denmark during the summer of 1996. Initially the operations were in collaboration with Sea Containers, but were run without them from 1997 onwards. In October of the same year Color Line took over the operations of Larvik Line, their competitor in the Norway—Denmark traffic. In September 1998 Color Line acquired both the Color Hotel Skagen and Scandi Line, which operated two ferries on the short routes connecting Norway and Sweden. In the end of 1998 the Norway—United Kingdom operations were sold to Fjord Line. For the 1999 summer season the (former) Scandi Line ships received new Color Scandi Line liveries. They were fully incorporated into the Color Line fleet in 2001.
During the 2000s Color Line begun investing heavily in new tonnage, with MS Color Fantasy, MS Color Magic, MS Superspeed 1 and MS Superspeed 2 supplanting much of the older tonnage between 2004 and 2008. In April 2008 the company announced the closure of the Oslo—Hirtshals service from 6 May 2008 onwards.
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