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Transmanche Ferries Is in Survival Mode

Interview with Jean-Claude Charlo, Managing director of DFDS in France

  • End of August: -64.3% 99,000 pax (278,000 passengers over the same period in 2019)
  • Adapted capacity: since May 4 instead of 6 departures, followed by one ship laid up early September.
  • Freight volume loss of 18.3% since 1/1/2020.
  • Together with Brittany Ferries we fought to get State aid. But… we have to pay tax on this public money. In other words, we are going to have to give back what we have been given.
  • Focused on: saving jobs of French crews

DFDS Reshuffles and Adds Lane Metres

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Route Paldiski (Estonia) – Kapellskär (Sweden)

  • DFDS is increasing number of departures from 14 to 22 per week, as from 4 October.
  • Extra ship: PATRIA SEAWAYS (photo) (assisting SIRENA SEAWAYS)

Route Paldiski (Estonia) – Hanko (Finland) to close.

Route Karlshamn (Sweden) – Klaipeda (Lithuania)

  • DFDS is adding two weekly departures from both ports. Sailing times are reduced by up to an hour.
  • The extra sailings will take place on Saturday and Sunday and bring the number of weekly departures up to 11 per week. (1 October)

Route Zeebrugge – Gothenburg 

  • Newbuilt FLANDRIA SEAWAYS starts to operate from Zeebrugge.

New cooperation between DFDS and Smyril Line

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From now on, Smyril Line’s roro AKRANES will arrive every Sunday in Vlaardingen, coming from Norway. DFDS will handle the discharging and loading of trailers, containers and machinery. Then the ship will sail back to Stavanger, Trondheim, Rørvik and Hitra.

To support the DFDS network, the departure from Vlaardingen to Felixstowe will be delayed with one hour to offer customers a connection from Norway to the UK.

DFDS: Agreement Keeps Oslo Ferry Moving

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The Metal Maritime union and DFDS have agreed on a negotiated solution for most employees on the two Oslo ferries. The agreement ensures that the ferries can continue to operate on this route, in spite of the Norwegian quarantine rules causing a decrease in passenger numbers. Regretfully, 26 servers will be redundant.

DFDS Launches Ambitious Climate Action Plan – Climate Neutral in 2050

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DFDS decided to become climate neutral by 2050 and is aiming for a relative reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25-35% (between 2019 and 2030).

Three key climate plan actions:

  • Next 10 years: 29 technical initiatives aim to reduce emissions from the ferry fleet: bulb and propeller modifications, anti-fouling, decision support systems for fuel performance…
  • Long-term: zero emission fuels to replace fossil fuels. The new fuels are sustainable as they consist of renewable energy stored in the form of ammonia, hydrogen, or methanol.
  • Reduce emissions from third-party haulier trucks, own trucks and equipment used in port terminals

In 2019, the network emitted around two million tons of CO2 of which 90% was from ferries and the rest mainly from logistics operations.

Border Restrictions Halve International Ferry Travel from Denmark

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Organisation Danish Shipping (Danske Rederier) has calculated that the total number of passengers for Scandlines, Fjord Line, ForSea and DFDS in June, July and August has largely been halved compared to the same period last year.

“The bad summer comes on top of a lost spring, and it would be naive to think that Danes, Germans, Swedes or Norwegians will start traveling as usual in the coming months. The situation at the borders is completely unpredictable, so the shipping companies are facing some challenging months, ”says Jacob K. Clasen, Deputy CEO.

At Scandlines, CEO Søren Poulsgaard Jensen believes that it is the border closure in particular that caused an impact.

Like other Danish ferry companies, Scandlines has used the government’s help packages to send employees home for salary compensation and help to cover fixed expenses. But the bad summer will still cost jobs in the shipping company, says Søren Poulsgaard Jensen to Søfart.


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Dieppe-Newhaven Hit by Sudden English Quarantine Decision

“For the first time in the history of the route Dieppe-Newhaven, the volumes of August were lower than in July, with 1,000 less cars.”

DFDS decided to lay up one of the two ferries, and to reduce return crossings from 3 to 2.

Jean-Claude Charlo, director DFDS asks the politicians for help, on behalf of all ferry operators.


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DFDS Started Direct Adriatic Route

DFDS started a direct link between Trieste and Patras (instead of a stopover in the Greek port on the route between Italy and Turkey).

In June, Grimaldi started a biweekly service Venice (Marghera)-Igoumenitsa-Patras.