Scandlines is one of Europe's leading ferry companies, established in 1998 by a merger of the largest national ferry companies in Denmark and Germany. It operates in the triangle between Denmark, Germany and Sweden with the densest route network of any ferry company. Scandlines' prime mission is to offer both private individuals and transport companies a competitive, efficient and enjoyable transportation of passengers and goods.
Furthermore Scandlines' activities include catering service, retail sales of goods in restaurants and shops on board and in shore-based shops. The Scandlines logo symbolises the most important Scandlines markets. The different colours of the triangle denote the countries that link together the Scandlines route network in the southern Baltic. Yellow stands for Germany, red for Denmark and blue for Sweden.
Scandlines operates on nine routes between 13 ports in the Baltic Sea. In 2010, the company transported more than 12 million passengers as well as 2.8 million cars and 800,000 trucks and trailers. Scandlines GmbH, based in Rostock, is the parent group comprising the affiliated companies Scandlines Deutschland GmbH and Scandlines Danmark A/S. Its head offices are in Rostock and Copenhagen.
The first ferry-link between Rostock and Gedser was established in 1903. Since then this route has mirrored the positive development of trade between Germany and Scandinavia. Traffic volumes have increased constantly after the fall of the Berlin Wall making Rostock – Gedser an integral part of supply chains from South-Eastern Europe to the North. 2-hour departure intervals ensure optimum run times for the transportation of freight consignments between these regions. The state-of-the-art newbuildings „Berlin“ and „Copenhagen“ will double capacities on this EU certified „Motorways of the Sea“ route in 2012.
Known as the „Royal Line“, this route has provided the shortest and quickest direct link between Germany and Sweden for more than 100 years. Two RoRo-ferries, „Trelleborg“ and „Sassnitz“, provide a very flexible service with a frequency of up to five daily departures either way. The crossing time is just four hours and hinterland connections to the respective ports have improved significantly over the past few years.
One important node of the SCANDRIA project has been Wustermark located in Brandenburg and well known on international level because of the established Freight Village Berlin West Wustermark (26 companies and 2.500 employees) and the close connected biggest privately operated marshaling yard in Germany. The freight village provides a public railway infrastructure managed by Infrastruktur- und Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (IPG) and with the branch railway siding of BLTW with its transshipment terminal. Furthermore a public port is connected to the trimodal connected location. RLCW operates the close connected marshaling yard with 32 km railway track and especially highly used by private operating railway companies.
A further logistics node of the region is the Freight Village Berlin South Grossbeeren (68 companies and 5.500 employees). The bimodal node includes the transshipment terminal operated by the DUSS. In 2011 the terminal showed the highest transshipped number of TEUs in Brandenburg with 61,000 TEU. Transfracht with its Albatros product (hinterland transport with Hamburg / Bremerhaven) and Trans Eurasia Logistics with its East- and Westwind (running to Russia) are well established combined transport products. A further positive example for the well working of the connected railway-road transport system is the Warstein-Express, a train running once a week from the brewery in Warstein to the Freight Village, delivering beverages for the region.