DFDS December volumes: freight 2% lower, passengers 8% higher

By 12 January 20242024 Newsletter week 02
January 12, 2024

Ferry – freight:

  • Total volumes in December 2023 were 2.4% below 2022.
  • North Sea volumes were below 2022 due to volume decrease between the UK and the Netherlands while all other routes were above 2022.
  • Mediterranean volumes were below 2022 following lower volumes between Istanbul and Italy due to primarily timing differences in automotive manufacturing. All other routes were above 2022.
  • Channel volumes continued to be above 2022 driven by the Dover Strait routes.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were below 2022 due to a lower activity level in Sweden and the Baltic countries.
  • In 2023, the total transported freight lane metres decreased 7.9% to 38.4m from 41.7m in 2022. The decrease was 4.2% adjusted for Channel.

Ferry – passenger:

  • The number of passengers in December increased 8.1% following more Channel passengers as well a higher number of passengers on the routes connecting Norway-Denmark and UK-Netherlands.
  • The number of cars increased 4.0%.
  • In 2023, the total number of passengers increased 19.4% to 4.5m from 3.8m in 2022.