19 June 2017

Freight Ferry Company Again Orders Biggest RoRo Ships in its History  

DFDS Doubles Purchase of New and Cleaner Vessels

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Shipping News Feature DENMARK – NORTHERN EUROPE – CHINA –Ferry operator DFDS has placed an order in China for a further two new energy efficient RoRo freight carrying ships, meaning the business will be operating four such large vessels to service freight customers across the North Sea by 2020.

Last year, as we reported, DFDS signed a contract with the Jinling shipyard for the construction of two of the RoRo craft which, with 6,700 lane metre load capacity, and space for 450 trailers, are DFDS' biggest ever ships with an anticipated delivery date of 2019. Now DFDS has announced that another two more such vessels have been ordered for delivery by the following year. Niels Smedegaard, CEO, said:

"The ships form part of our new building programme that underpins our ability to deliver the transport capacity required by our customers and our continuous pursuit of efficiency improvements.”

The new vessels are the first DFDS-owned ships built according to the new IMO EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) regulations, which set significantly lower limits for energy consumption and emissions in relation to the ship's capacity and engine power. Overall, they will reduce energy consumption and emissions by more than 25% per transported trailer compared to current standards. DFDS still has a further option with the Chinese yard on two more such craft.Smedegaard added:

"As the ships are also being built with a scrubber and equipped with a ballast water treatment system and a number of energy-enhancing initiatives, they represent a whole new generation of environmentally friendly RoRo ships.”

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