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New ferry port cuts sailing time between Samsø and Zealand

MT Højgaard constructed Ballen Ferry Port on the island of Samsø on a design and build basis. The port has reduced the sailing time between Samsø and Zealand, which means reduced fuel consumption and consequent fuel cost savings.

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Project Details

Project Name

Ballen Ferry Port




Marine works, Infrastructure



Samsø Municipality


Engineer: Rambøll

In addition to 600m of pier, the design and build contract comprised the construction of a new 300m access road to the port, 20,000 m2 of parking facilities, a pre-boarding area and a passenger services building. We also constructed a 100m long L-shaped docking area as well as a 34,000m2 dock, 5.5m deep.

When we built Ballen Ferry Port we opted for a simple and robust design, which would support our objective of constructing a new port that would be fully operational within six months.

Among other things, our design and build contract at Ballen Ferry Harbour comprised 600 metres of pier, the construction of a new access road to the port and 20,000 m2 of harbour space.

Protective piers

The port is protected by stone piers constructed of broken rock, weighing up to three tonnes, with the outer piers being finished with pier heads. We also established a new waterway and a dock.  Access is controlled  by lighthouses as well as a PEL sector light.

Docking Area

At Ballen Ferry Port, we constructed a 100m long L-shaped docking area that is equipped with bollards, rescue ladders and the like.  We also laid the foundations for ramps both for vehicles and for passengers, as well as bunkering facilities and automatic ticketing machines.

At the Ballen Ferry Harbour we have built an L-shaped construction at which the ferry can moor.

Roads and holding areas

Ferry passengers arrive at the port via an access road with a cycle path.  Within the port area, we constructed a waiting area equipped with charging stations. All roads and parking areas in and around the port are illuminated by LED lighting.

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