Thursday, January 24, 2019

Brexit Effect Means Investment in RoRo Ferry Infrastructure for Port of Felixstowe

Cooperation with DFDS to Increase Efficiency for Freight Traffic
Shipping News Feature
UK – It seems the Brexit effect is being felt particularly on the east coast of England where the Port of Felixstowe and Danish ferry operator DFDS have agreed to increase roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) capacity at the UK port by over 40% through investment in a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities. Commenting on the move, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said:

"As well as being the UK's largest container port, Felixstowe is also a key gateway for roll-on/roll-off trade with Europe. Demand on DFDS's service to Rotterdam has been growing steadily for a number of years and we are delighted to have agreed a new contract with them to secure the service at Felixstowe for another 15 years.

"The new contract includes a significant investment by Hutchison Ports replacing one of our existing Ro/Ro bridges with a modern floating linkspan capable of handling the latest generation of Ro/Ro vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied Ro/Ro traffic.

"This investment is driven by our long-term confidence in the Ro/Ro route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam. We are seeing increasing interest in both Ro/Ro and short sea container connections at all three of our UK ports as shippers seek to minimise risks to their supply chains resulting from Brexit."

At the beginning of the month, DFDS were awarded a £47.3 million contract by the UK's Department of Transport with the view to provide extra capacity post-Brexit. Niels Smedegaard, CEO and President of DFDS, said:

"We are very happy to continue our excellent relation with the Port of Felixstowe and their Ro/Ro staff. We are very excited about this investment which allows us to further enhance the high level of customer service that is expected by our clients. It is also a further step in our striving to provide necessary capacity to continue supporting our customers' trade and business, even in a possible post-Brexit world."