DFDS June volumes: freight in line with expectations, passengers up 19%

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Ferry – freight

Total volumes in June 2023 were 7.5% below 2022.

Volumes were 3.0% below 2022 adjusted for Channel.

North Sea volumes were higher than last year as fresh produce volumes to the UK normalised and automotive volumes remained robust. Mediterranean’s volumes were below last year due to lower exports following an early slowdown in European demand ahead of the summer.

The decrease in Channel volumes was in June still partly caused by market changes in June 2022 following a P&O’s suspension of sailings in the previous months in 2022. Baltic Sea volumes remained below last year as trade sanctions did not fully impact volumes until late in the summer of 2022.

For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total transported freight lane metres decreased 10.9% to 39.0m from 43.8m in 2022-21. The decrease was 4.3% adjusted for Channel.

Ferry – passenger

The number of passengers increased 18.9% driven by continued recovery and more coach passengers on the Channel. The number of passengers equalled 88% of volumes in June 2019, the latest comparable month pre-Covid-19. The number of cars equalled 88% of volumes in 2019.

For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total number of passengers was 4.3m compared to 1.9m in 2022-21 and 5.1m in 2019.

North Sea Handling to supply cargo and passenger access equipment for the 2 new KiwiRail ferries

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North Sea Handling AS is through its subsidiary NSH Ships Equipment AS awarded the contract to equip KiwiRails two new Rail-RoPax-Ferries being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) with cargo and passenger access equipment.

The NSH scope of supply will include a wide range of equipment serving the handling of both cargo, trains, cars/trailers as well as passengers.

New EUR 24 million quay and berths for Stena Line in Rotterdam

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Dutch construction and engineering company Ballast Nedam has replaced the existing quay and built two new berths at the Stena Line freight terminal in Europoort, Rotterdam. This was needed because of the intention to introduce larger ships, and because the quay was getting too old.
Initially only one berth would be replaced, but the booming North Sea business made Stena ask during the works Port of Rotterdam to invest in a second berth. Ballast Nedam was able to change the plans and realised successfully a new 2-berth terminal.

Photo: Ballast Nedam


Reshuffle and extra capacity for Stena Line on the North Sea in January 

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This week Stena Line announced their plans to increase capacity on the route Hoek van Holland – Killingholme in January 2018.  

Earlier this year Stena Line already revealed the intention to replace the two ships CAPUCINE and SEVERINE on Europoort – Harwich by two larger ro-ro vessels, also in January 2018. They will be replaced by MISIDA and MISANA, when their present charter contracts expire in January 2018. The overall freight capacity of the route will hereby increase by some 20%. 

Chartered CAROLINE RUSS, currently operating together with STENA SCOTIA on Europoort – Killingholme, will be replaced by an undisclosed ship. 

Stena Line will furthermore reposition the ro-ro ships on the Europoort routes to further optimize the available capacity.  

The changes coincide with the expected completion of a second berth in Europoort. The capacity expansion is also linked to Europoort developing as an important rail freight connection point to and from the UK. 

Photo: PH Sjöström / Godby Shipping