Thursday, April 5, 2012

RoRo Freight Ferry Changes on North Sea Routes

DFDS Announce Reduced Sailing Schedules
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – NORTH SEA – Following the boost to its services after reaching agreement with LD Lines in the aftermath of the SeaFrance collapse in January DFDS has announced major changes to its RoRo freight ferry schedules to optimise vessel use by the end of this month. Take up on some services has been weaker than anticipated, noticeably on the Immingham - Rotterdam morning departure leading to a switch of vessels.

The Anglia Seaways which has been operating on the Rotterdam-Immingham route for several months will start serving the Rosyth – Zeebrugge route and Finlandia Seaways will serve the route between Cuxhaven and Immingham replacing the Tor Dania which is going off charter and back to her owner. The relocation of the Anglia Seaways means the Immingham – Rotterdam service will be reduced to six departures per week. Kell Robdrup, Head of DFDS North Sea routes commented:

“Our broad network of 25 routes throughout Northern Europe gives us a high flexibility to relocate vessels whenever needed. Due to this, DFDS can always offer the available capacity that our customers need. We are now reacting to changes in volumes on the North Sea routes. By adapting the tonnage on routes from Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Cuxhaven, we make the most efficient use of our fleet and offer a very competitive service.”

Full details of the new schedules together with contact details for all offices can been seen HERE.