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DFDS completes major Turkish acquisition and unveils substantial fleet investment

DFDS has acquired the Turkish shipping company U.N. Ro-Ro and unveiled a substantial ship investment programme to drive continued growth in both trade and travel.

“With these investments, DFDS will be increasing its capacity and expanding its network to be in a strong position to take advantage of the economic growth we expect in Turkey, in the EU, and even in the UK after Brexit,” said Niels Smedegaard, president of DFDS.

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U.N. Ro-Ro operates its own port terminals in Istanbul and Trieste

“This will enable us to be more efficient and contribute even more to customer growth in the future, for the benefit of trade and jobs.”

Smedegaard added: “Trade between the EU and Turkey has been booming for a long time and the future prospects are very encouraging for seaborne transportation, which bypasses border controls and road congestion in several countries,”

“Together, we will be able to offer our customers a unique service, with U.N. Ro-Ro being strong in the Turkish and Mediterranean markets, and DFDS having a very efficient network in Northern Europe.”
U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Trieste in Italy and Toulon in France, with 12 freight ferries and its own port terminals in Istanbul and Trieste.

In addition to this, DFDS has engaged in a substantial fleet renewal programme with seven ships on order, including one for its English Channel operation.

The programme began last year when two new ro-ro ferries were delivered from the Flensburg shipyard in Germany for services between Rotterdam and the UK.

Furthermore, DFDS has ordered four ro-ro vessels from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard. The ships will be the largest in DFDS’ history with space for 450 trailers and will be deployed from 2019 in their ro-ro freight markets. This includes the North Sea, where trade and other markets are expected to grow in the future, despite Brexit.

DFDS is also investing in two ro-pax ships to cater for growing volumes in its Baltic route network from 2021. With 4,100 metres of lanes for cargo and capacity for 600 passengers, the ro-pax ships will be considerably larger than the current ships on the Baltic routes.

Additionally, DFDS has signed an agreement for the charter of a new ship for the English Channel, where the business operates two routes between Dover and France. The ship will replace the older Calais Seaways to provide far greater capacity, with space for 140 trailers compared to the current 80.

“I am really looking forward to getting this fantastic ship to boost the business on the Channel,” says Kasper Moos, head of DFDS’s Eastern and Western Channel services.

“This new ship gives us excellent opportunities to develop our business and will enable us to continue servicing our customers on a modern fleet in the future.” 

Posted on 12th June 2018 at 12:15 pm in Ferry Operators | DFDS Seaways | Ferry News |

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