ANS branded as Kystekspressen or the
Coast Express is a shipping
company that operates passenger
ferry services between Trondheim and Kristiansund, Norway.
ships are used on the route, that includes the branch lines
Trondheim–Sula and Sistranda–Halten.
had 343,510 passengers in 2005.
Kystekspressen was launched on 6 June 1994 to take over operations
of the fast ferries between Trondheim and Kristiansund. Until then,
the services had been operated by Fosen Trafikklag in Sør-Trøndelag
and by Møre og Romsdal Fylkesbåtar in Møre og Romsdal. The company
was organized as a joint venture, and a through route between
Trondheim and Kristiansund was established. The company had five
were used in regular service,
was reserve. Hertugsbussen
sold in 1996. In 2002, the two new ferries Mørejarl
were delivered; the rest of the fleet was sold,
that was kept as a reserve as well as
serving the route to Sula. The company is owned 51% by Fosen
Trafikklag and 49% by Fjord1
(former Møre og Romsdal Fylkesbåtar), with
Fosen Trafikklag responsible for operations.
January 2008 the two main ferries have had wireless Internet access
on board, in a solution provided from Telenor.
1 October 2008, the public transport digital ticketing system
has been valid on Kystekspressen. In
2008, the company announced that they wanted to reduce the speed to
save diesel usage, but the county municipalities said no to the
proposal that would increase travel time by 20 minutes.
Ladejarl and MS Mørejarl operate between the
Terminal in Trondheim
and Kristiansand in 3:15 hours, with intermediate stops in Lensvik, Hysnes, Brekstad, Leksa, Sandstad, Kjørsvikbugen,
Edøy and Ringholmen.
Three daily serves are
provided. MS Agdenes
operates the route to Sula. The
service receives subsidies from Møre og Romsdal County
and Sør-Trøndelag County
and MS Ladejarl
are identical sister
ships built at Fjellstrand Yard
2002. Owned by Kystekspresen the two aluminium-hull catamarans
operate the Trondheim–Kristiansund
route, with a capcity of 276 passengers and a crew of four or five.
They are named for Rognvald
, Earl of Møre and the six Earls of Lade
that ruled regions of Norway
during the Viking Age
was built at Harding
in 1991. Owned by Fosen Trafikklag it serves the Sula
route, in addition to being on reserve for the other routes. She is
an aluminum-hull catamaran that can carry 210 passengers and has a
crew of four.
were the first
catamaran fast ferry to operate in the region. They was built by
for Fosen Trafikklag. The vessels were 199 gross tonnes and 112 net
tonnes, long, wide and deep. They had two twelve-sylinder diesel
engines, capable of , allowing them to transport the 140 passengers
and crew of four at speeds up to . Hertugsbussen
in 1996, while Kongsbussen
was sold in 2003.
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