DFDS February: Mediterranean freight growth offset by lower Channel volumes

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Roro freight: For the last twelve months 2022-21, the total transported freight lane metres increased 6.2% to 43.1m from 40.6m in 2021-20.

Total volumes in February 2022 were 2.5% below 2021 (-3.1% adjusted for route changes). The decrease was mainly due to lower English Channel volumes as the market share in February 2021 was elevated by a successful transition post Brexit.

Moreover, the market share in February 2022 was reduced as Irish Ferries has entered additional capacity into the market.

North Sea volumes were above 2021 while Baltic Sea volumes were below 2021, partly due to reduction of capacity by a ferry on one route.

Volumes in the Mediterranean network were up on all routes on the back of deployment of more capacity and continued good growth in Turkish exports.

Ferry – passenger: The number of passengers started to increase in February as travel restrictions were reduced. The number of passengers increased almost five times to 95k which equalled 40% of the number of passengers in February 2020, the latest comparable month pre-Covid-19. Volumes primarily increased between Norway and Denmark as well as on the Channel.

For the last twelve months 2022-21, the total number of passengers was 1.0m compared to 1.1m in 2021-20 and 5.1m in 2019, the latter being the latest pre-Covid-19 year.

Mediterranean pushes up DFDS’ freight activity

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DFDS revealed in its latest Q3 interim report that revenue increased 22% to DKK 4.4bn driven by higher freight activity in most business units. (see also last newsletter)

The increase in the freight ferry result was primarily due to high growth in the Mediterranean.

As for the Mediterranean business unit, Q3 freight volumes increased 12.2% adjusted for the opening of a new route between Turkey (Izmir) and Spain (Tarragona).

The increase reflects high growth in Turkish exports to Europe with support from depreciation of the Turkish lira. Capacity was expanded in the route network to accommodate the growth, especially between Italy and Turkey.

Q3 EBITDA (Mediterranean) increased 47% to DKK 276m driven by the higher volumes and stable cost levels as well as better results for the port terminal and rail activities.

DFDS transported
3,685,000 lane metres
in the Med in the first 9 months of 2021


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MSC To Start A New Ro-Ro Route Between Izmir And Trieste

Mediterranean Shipping Company will start a new twice-weekly ro-ro service between Izmir, Turkey and Trieste, Italy, primarily aimed at trailers, containers, project and breakbulk cargo.
Two modern con-ro vessels from will be deployed. Although not confirmed by MSC, Italian sources say it will be two units from Linea Messina. It is known that MSC tries to acquire 49% of the Messina shares, further expanding and diversifying short-sea ro-ro operations in the Med.

Success story for GNV on Morocco

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GNV, an Aponte-owned (MSC) company, carried more than 175,000 passengers during operation ‘Marhaba 2017’.
Each year many Moroccan expats travel to their home country during summer. Known as operation ‘Marhaba 2017’ this migration sees a huge peak in ferry travel across the Mediterranean.
At a press conference in Casablanca, GNV said it saw an increase of 32.5% compared to last year.
Some GNV figures for Marhaba 2017:

  • Total pax: 175,116 pax
  • Port of Tangier: 122,838 (via Genoa, Sète and Barcelona)
  • Port of Nador: 52,278 (via Sète and Barcelona)

Photo: GNV