Space charter agreement CLdN – DFDS on Rotterdam – River Humber

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On 1 January 2022, UK customs procedures become more stringent. (*)

As a result, freight customers demand for earlier arrivals into the UK, and improved frequency. Therefore, DFDS and CLdN have entered into a Space Charter Agreement.

DFDS and CLdN will each provide one additional vessel, on a rotation Rozenburg – Vlaardingen – Killingholme from Sunday through Friday.

“At the moment we do indeed arrive at Killingholme at 07:00, but the early arrival (at 05:00) of this additional sailing makes all the difference for customers as it allows them to do an extra trip in the UK, which is very interesting given the traction problem there,” says a CLdN spokesman. “In addition, the earlier arrival is important for certain product groups.”

In Rotterdam, customers will have the possibility to load and discharge cargo in either Rozenburg and/or Vlaardingen.

DFDS and CLdN will continue operating all sailings independently including all related commercial activities.

This additional service will start on 11 January 2022.

Extra advantage: by going to C-Ro’s terminal in Killingholme, any congestion at DFDS’ terminal in Immingham will be relieved.

(*) [BOM, border operating model, explained by Dutch Government]

Remarks

  • In 2020, DFDS and CLdN signed space charter agreements on Zeebrugge – Gotenburg.
  • In 2021, DFDS and P&O Ferries entered a space charter agreement on Calais – Dover.
  • Stena Line will move its Europoort RoRo service from Killingholme to the nearby Port of Immingham commencing 1st January 2022, where Stena Line will be able to offer increased terminal capacity and be a service provider of both terminal and shipping operations to the company’s freight customers. Stena Line’s other North Sea route on the Humber, the Hoek van Holland-Killingholme RoPax service, will remain and continue in Killingholme.

KiwiRail: replacement ferry to boost Interislander service

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KiwiRail has chartered the CLdN Kawasaki-type roro VALENTINE for an initial 12 months.

It is due to arrive in mid-December.

Ropax KAIARAHI (ex STENA ALEGRA) requires major repairs to its gearbox after its sudden failure, and those repairs are expected to take at least until March.

The remaining two Interislander ferries, ARATERE and KAITAKI cannot serve the market alone. The freight-only ferry will free up space for passengers and their vehicles on the other ferries, ensuring New Zealanders can travel during the summer holiday season.

RoRo Capacity Continent – Ireland Continues To Increase

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Last week Grimaldi announced the start of an Antwerp – Cork roro feeder service.

Now CLdN says it will increase sailings between the Continent and Ireland, from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis.

  • When: probably as from week 20
  • Routes: Zeebrugge / Rotterdam / Dublin
  • Ship 1: the 2,600 lane metre CADENA 3, currently being repaired in Rotterdam
  • Ship 2: a 4,000-lane-metre ship coming from the Med
  • Why: strong demand from customers + prepare the way for the introduction of further new builds arriving in Q4 2021 (LNG-powered)

RoRo Merry-Go-Round

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DFDS and CLdN have sold ships to each other, and chartered them back.

  • Ship: MELEQ renamed ACACIA SEAWAYS (Lithuania).
  • Ownership: from CLdN to DFDS.
  • Charter: ACACIA SEAWAYS has been chartered back for continued operation on CLdN’s Zeebrugge-Purfleet-Esbjerg route.
  • Remark: she is a sistership of GARDENIA SEAWAYS and TULIPA SEAWAYS (Vlaardingen – Felixstowe)
  • Ship: GOTHIA SEAWAYS renamed MAXINE (Isle of Man).
  • Ownership: from DFDS to CLdN.
  • Charter: MAXINE has been chartered back to DFDS for continued service in DFDS’ Baltic network during April-May and is expected to join DFDS’s new Calais – Sheerness freight-only service scheduled to commence on 1 June.
  • Remark: She is one of the 3 Wagenborg vessels which were built for the StoraEnso Zeebrugge – Göteborg service. A company within the CLdN sphere owns sister vessel SOMERSET (operated by Stena Line).
  • Ship: UNDINE renamed LIDER TRABZON.
  • Ownership: from CLdN to unknown.

Moby Discontinues U.S. Lawsuit

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Moby also announced that “is voluntarily discontinuing its lawsuit against a group of U.S. and European asset management firms because the lawsuit has facilitated productive discussions between Moby and its creditors including the defendants towards reaching a long-sought agreement on Moby’s restructuring”. (source: note to investors)

More CLdN Capacity On Ireland and UK Routes

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CLdN increases capacity by the introduction of additional sailings on its Irish and UK routes.

Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings a week

Zeebrugge – Killingholme: a new Friday sailing (7 sailings per week)

Zeebrugge – Purfleet: extra weekend sailing on Sunday (12 sailings per week).

Two vessels have rejoined the CLdN fleet: WILHELMINE is no longer chartered by P&O Ferries and CADENA 3 (ex MASSIMO MURA) is no longer sailing for Tirrenia Cargo.

After working for Grendi, SEVERINE is now on charter to GNV.

PORTS

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Port of Zeebrugge: Growth of 3% in 2020

Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the pandemic. Roro traffic suffered because of the reduced handling of new cars. This drop was compensated by a strong growth in container traffic, LNG and solid bulk.

The port took a lot of initiatives to be Brexit-proof and invested twice as much into new infrastructure.

Modal shift: the port sees an important growth of rail connections, and estuary waterway connections went up 4.2%

CLdN

  • Added a call in Zeebrugge on the route Leixões – Rotterdam, allowing cargo to be transferred to Esbjerg and Göteborg.
  • Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings with so-called “Brexit busters”
  • Zeebrugge – Cork: new route
  • Zeebrugge – Santander: ships VALENTINE en CELANDINE = +40% capacity

P&O Ferries

  • End of ropax service Zeebrugge – Hull, means end of accompanied freight

DFDS

  • Introduction of FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on 4 October 2020, Zeebrugge – Göteborg

Read the full report

https://portofzeebrugge.be/en/news-events/port-zeebrugge-3-growth-2020