The Danish ferry operator DFDS release plans to improve capacity of its service to UK since October 3. DFDS will deploy fourth vessel to its route Rotterdam-Immingham, which is one of two busy freight routes between Rotterdam and the UK. The route will be operated by four vessels with 14 voyages per week. The ferry Friedrich Russ, which will be deployed on the route, can accommodate 110 trailers and 112 drivers. Also the company changed the departure time to later hours, two times daily, which will allow the customers to use the service more efficiently.
“With the deployment of four vessels, we can make two journeys from Monday to Saturday to offer our customers and additional departure on Sunday. Increasing the frequency and capacity is a huge improvement for export and forwarding industry in the Netherlands, Germany and other countries”, said DFDS Route Director Netherlands, Mikael Mortensen. “Our customers will also benefit from a slight adjustment of the departure. In the afternoon we depart at 15:00 from Rotterdam instead of 14:00 and in the evenings we departure times was changed to 20:45 from 20:00. This means that our clients can arrive later at our terminal”, added he.
In addition, the ferry operator DFDS also increase the number of voyages on the route Rotterdam-Felixstowe to 16 per week. The company aims to improve its market share and respond to the increased demand for the freight and passenger ferry services between Netherlands and UK. The ferry operator DFDS already reported 33% increased traffic at the end of Q2 2016.
Earlier this week, Stena Line released plans to add second vessel and increase the number of voyages on route Rotterdam-Killingholme to 6 per week in each direction.
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company, which provides freight and passenger ferry services in the North and Baltic Seas. Today, DFDS operates a network of 25 routes with 50 freight and passenger ships in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the English Channel under the name DFDS Seaways.