DFDS to deploy two new ro-pax ferries in the Baltic

DFDS to deploy two new ro-pax ferries in the Baltic
DFDS will also charter a new ro-pax ferry for the English Channel from Stena RoRo (Image: DFDS)

European ferry operator DFDS is to deploy two new ro-pax vessels on its Baltic route from 2021.

Each ferry will be able to accommodate 600 passengers and has 4,100 metres of lanes for cargo, making them “considerably larger” than the current ships on the Baltic routes.

This April, DFDs also signed an agreement to charter a new ro-pax ferry from Stena RoRo to replace Calais Seaways on its routes between the UK and France. The ferry, which will be built by China’s Avic Weihai shipyard and debut in 2021, will consume 25% less oil than other similar vessels and will be able to carry 3,100 lane metres of cargo and 1,000 passengers. This will make her the largest vessel of her kind on the English Channel.

DFDS will charter the ferry for a period of 10 years and then explore purchasing options.

“I am really looking forward to getting this fantastic ship to boost the business on the Channel,” said Kasper Moos, vice president and head of DFDS’ 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.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Tuesday, June 12, 2018