DFDS Monthly: Freight Continues To Grow In March

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March 2021 (March 2020)

+11.8% freight lane metres: 3,975k (3,554k)

-77.5% passengers: 25k (112k)

Last twelve months

+0.7% freight lane metres: 41,062k (40,782k)

-79.8% passengers: 1,002k (4,963k)

  • The positive market momentum in February continued in March for the North Sea and Mediterranean volumes.
  • Volumes on the English Channel were above 2020.
  • Volumes on the new route between Ireland and France continued above expectations.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were above 2020 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route.
  • The volume growth in March 2021 was boosted by Covid-19’s negative impact on volumes in the last two weeks of March 2020. This effect was largest in the Mediterranean, North Sea and Channel business units.
  • Passenger: the decrease reflects a continued negative impact from travel restrictions related to Covid-19.

DFDS Opens New Unaccompanied Freight Route Between Calais And Sheerness

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DFDS is opening a new route between Calais and Sheerness in response to increasing demand for additional ferry capacity for unaccompanied freight between France and the UK.

  • 1st departure is planned for 1 June 2021
  • 1 daily round trip operating 7/7
  • 1 roro ship: GOTHIA SEAWAYS (160 trailers)
  • Sheerness is located around 70km north of Dover and thus closer to the London area
  • Most of the unaccompanied freight carried today by DFDS ropaxes on Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk, is expected to be transferred to the new route
  • In combination with the rail infrastructure in Calais, the market for rail solutions for freight from Italy, Spain and southern France to the UK is it expected to grow
  • Also: intermodal transport solution between Turkey and the UK by combining the freight ferry route to Sète with rail transport to Calais

Remarks

During Q4, 2019, P&O Ferries tried a roro service between Calais and Tilbury, with CAROLINE RUSS. The route was discontinued because of low customer demand and the impact of a French strike action.

In December 2020, P&O Ferries stopped carrying no-accompanied trucks on Calais-Dover.

Comments

Jean-Claude Charlo (MD, DFDS France) says in an interview to the newspaper Nord Littoral, the following:

  • DFDS took over a part of the unaccompanied traffic from P&O, after the latter announced to do accompanied only. End of February the DFDS Calais-Dover route carried 5,000 non-accompanied trailers (against 1200 same period last year).
  • Biggest issue was that time in port could not be increased, hence the decision to open a new roro service to Sheerness.
  • Theoretically non-accompanied could increase because of lack of drivers.
  • DFDS new E-Flexer COTE D’OPALE will have sea-trials on April 12. The interior finishing of the ship will be done in Europe.

DFDS: February Freight Up 4.5% As UK-EU Trade Begins To Stabilize

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Freight:

  • Total volumes in February 2021 were 4.5% above 2020.
  • Volumes for routes calling the UK were up 4%.
  • North Sea volumes were above 2020 driven by added capacity and continued stabilisation of trade between the UK and the EU, particularly for UK imports.
  • Lower UK exports increased the number of empty trailers coming back to the EU.
  • Volumes on the English Channel were likewise above 2020.
  • Volumes on the new route between Ireland and France continued to be ahead of expectations.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were above 2020 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route. Mediterranean volumes were above 2020 in all main corridors.

Passenger:

  • Total number of passengers in February 2021 was 92% below 2020.
  • The decrease reflects a continued negative impact from travel restrictions related to Covid-19 on the two cruise ferry routes, of which Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen was suspended in February, and the Channel.
  • In the Baltic Sea, passenger numbers were somewhat below 2020.

DFDS Will Add A 4th Ferry On Dunkerque – Rosslare

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On April 1, DFDS will introduce a fourth ferry –ARK DANIA– to the successful direct ferry service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkerque.

This brings the number of direct services between Rosslare and the European Continent to 36, every week.

ARK DANIA is a freight ferry with a capacity of 188 truck units (including 12 driver accompanied units and 176 unaccompanied units/trailers).

PORTS

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KVSA And DFDS Prolong Their Long-Term Relationship

After a very successful collaboration lasting more than 25 years, maritime & logistics company KVSA and ferry operator DFDS have recently signed a new commercial agreement, spanning the next 10 years at the Felison passenger terminal in the Port of Ijmuiden, Netherlands.

The IJmuiden – Newcastle ferry route has been very fortunate to experience a growing demand in both passenger and freight volumes in recent years, however in February 2020 passenger traffic was severely reduced due to Covid19.

Freight volumes however continued to grow and DFDS are now preparing for the ‘soon to be expected’ return of passenger traffic on the IJmuiden – Newcastle route.

In the renewed partnership, KVSA will continue to service DFDS as landlord of the passenger-terminal and provide daily professional stowage and loading of the 2 DFDS vessels, KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

Both parties are very much looking forward to a successful continuation of our enduring partnership and we look forward to coming back stronger together, when business returns to normal again.

SHORT NEWS

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Kerkyra Lines’ ferry EVDOKIA (300gt/1995) performed her first sailing from Corfu to the Diapontia Islands on March 2, 2021.

EVDOKIA was built in Japan (1995) and her carrying capacity is for 300 passengers and 20 cars.

  • Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö has signed an agreement with Wiklöf Holding Ab to sell its entire holding of 22,429 shares (11.3%) in Alandia Försäkring Plc. The deal will be completed in the next week.
  • DFDS charters roro PAQIZE for the Turkey – Europe route. (3 months)(MarineTraffic)

DFDS: Two Mega RoRo Ferries On Belgium – Sweden

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Since Saturday, February 20, mega freight ferry HUMBRIA SEAWAYS replaces BEGONIA SEAWAYS on Göteborg – Gent.
According to route operations manager Alain De Brauwer, this means 320 more trailers per week in each direction.

The route is now operated by HUMBRIA, FREESIA and PRIMULA SEAWAYS, with six calls per week in total.

DFDS also operates sister vessel FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on Göteborg – Zeebrugge, in cooperation with CLdN. The two companies have a space share agreement.

FERRY SHIPPING

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DFDS Ends 2020 With Another Strong Freight Quarter

  • In Q4, the DFDS’ freight earnings were boosted by UK stockbuilding and the improved performance of the Mediterranean route network.
  • On the passenger side, Covid-19 restrictions continued to affect the business.

Q4 Results (DKK million)

-6.2% Revenue 3,761 (4,008)

-0.2% EBITDA before special items 769 (771)

12.5% EBIT before special items 289 (257)

-23.4% Profit before tax 97 (126)

 

Full Year Results (DKK million)

-15.8% Revenue 13,971 (16,592)

-24.8% EBITDA before special items 2,732(3,633)

-51.0% EBIT before special items 858 (1,751)

-66.0% Profit before tax 466 (1,371)

Outlook 2021

  • Revenue is expected to grow by 20-25% and EBITDA before special items is expected to be within a range of DKK 3.0-3.5bn (2020: DKK 2.7bn).
  • Uncertainty: duration of travel restrictions and longer-term effects of Brexit.
  • The acquisition of HSF Logistics Group is subject to regulatory approval but assumed consolidated from 1 May 2021.

DFDS In January: Freight Down After Q4 Stockbuilding Reversed As Expected

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  • Total volumes in January 2021 were down 12%.
  • Volumes for routes calling the UK were down 21% with volumes picking up towards the end of the month.
  • North Sea volumes were below 2020 as the stockbuilding ahead of Brexit reversed and the adoption of new rules and processes slowed trading.
  • Volumes between Sweden and Belgium were above 2020.
  • Volumes on the English Channel were likewise reduced by the stockbuilding reversal.
  • The new route between Ireland and France was successfully launched with volumes ahead of expectations.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were above 2020 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route.
  • Mediterranean volumes were well above 2020 in all main corridors.
  • Passengers -84%