DFDS’ unaccompanied freight service from Sheerness to Calais recently carried its 50,000th trailer since the route began in July 2021. Average loads have increased by 65% since traffic started.
The route was introduced in response to growing demand from cargo owners and hauliers, who view it as a solution to ongoing congestion issues and delays in Dover.
Richard Goffin, Port Director at London Medway, said:
“The rise in daily unit volumes over that time has also proven what we have long argued – that there is a real need for a viable alternative route for the UK’s supply chain given ongoing congestion around Dover and the shift in demand for increased unaccompanied services. At Peel Ports, we believe companies should look to move non-perishable cargo on unaccompanied services such as ours because they are more reliable, rather than have it travel on as accompanied freight, which has multiple points of failure.”
The route is currently operated by the BOTNIA SEAWAYS.
Photo: Peel Ports