The director of Danish ro-pax owner Aeroxpressen has been replaced by the company’s chief captain to cut costs.

The Fyens Stiftstidende daily reported that Boye Kromann has been removed from his post as boss of the shipping company, but will remain a board member.

Chief master Henrik Schlotfeldt will take on his role, in effect doing two jobs.

A company statement said the move was being made “due to structural changes and savings in Aeroxpressen in general”.

The owner operates the 196-pax, 600-gt Aeroxpressen (built 2019) but is under financial pressure, Danish media reported, having operated at a loss in each year since 2019.

Kromann joined in 2020 shortly after the ferry — built at Hvide Sande Skibs in Denmark for an undisclosed price — went into operation on the Marstal to Rudkobing route in 2019.

Schlotfeldt will become the company’s fourth director. Executive Carl Jorgen Heide will handle administrative tasks.

Chairman Claus Peter Skov said: “During his period as director, Boye Kromann has contributed with his maritime insight and professionalism to the good running of Aeroxpressen.

“The recent years, with Covid 19 and challenging competition from other ferries, have placed a great burden on Boye Kromann’s shoulders.

“The board wishes him good luck with his own business.”