DFDS April volumes: passenger growth continues, slowdown in freight

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DFDS Q1 2023: ahead of expectations

  • Revenue up 9% to DKK 6.3bn driven by the continued recovery in passenger numbers and spending, price increases for freight services to cover rising energy and other costs, and a positive impact from acquisitions.
  • EBITDA up 23% to DKK 1.0bn.
  • EBITDA for the freight ferry activities increased 4% to DKK 717m.
  • EBITDA for the Logistics Division increased 38% to DKK 299m.
  • EBITDA for passenger activities across the route network increased DKK 100m to DKK 9m which was on level with Q1 2019, the latest pre-Covid-19 year.
  • Freight volumes between the UK and Continent/Scandinavia declined in Q1, especially on the English Channel, while domestic transport volumes, also in the UK, were more robust. The war in Ukraine lowered freight volumes in the Baltic region compared to 2022.
  • For the last twelve months (LTM) 2023-22, EBITDA increased 4% to DKK 5,160m.
  • The outlook for EBITDA of DKK 4.5-5.0bn is unchanged. Revenue is overall still expected to remain at the same level as 2022. The investment outlook of around DKK 1.6bn is also unchanged, excluding acquisitions.

Read the Q1 2023 interim report here

DFDS April volumes: passenger growth continues, slowdown in freight

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Ferry – freight:

  • Total volumes in April 2023 were 18.7% below 2022.
  • Volumes were 7.7% below 2022 adjusted for Channel that is impacted by a general market decrease and overcapacity.
  • North Sea volumes were below last year due to lower volumes between mainly the Netherlands and the UK following a continued drop in Continental vegetable and fruit export to the UK.
  • Mediterranean volumes were just below last year adjusted for route changes due to congestion in the port of Mersin following the earthquake in February 2023 and some slowdown in activity ahead of the upcoming election.
  • Channel volumes were significantly below last year due to a continued market decrease, suspension of sailings by P&O Ferries throughout April 2022, and a negative impact from the entry of a third ferry operator, Irish Ferries.
  • Baltic Sea volumes remained negatively impacted by the war in Ukraine.
  • For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total transported freight lane metres decreased 8.0% to 40.1m from 43.6m in 2022-21. The decrease was 3.5% adjusted for Channel.

Ferry – passenger:

  • The number of passengers continued to recover and increased 22.3% to 406k equal to 84% of volumes in April 2019, the latest comparable month pre-Covid-19.
  • The number of cars equalled 79% of volumes in 2019.
  • For the last twelve months 2023-22, the total number of passengers was 4.2m compared to 1.4m in 2022-21 and 5.1m in 2019.

Stena RoRo delivers extended E-Flexer RoPax to Stena Line

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On May 24, Stena RoRo delivered the first of two extended E-Flexer ferries to Stena Line. She is the STENA ESTELLE and will operate on the Karlskrona – Gdynia line.

In total, Stena Line will be operating five E-Flexer vessels, with two of them being the extended version. The fourth in the order has now been delivered.

Compared to the basic design, the ferry has been extended by 36 meters. With the extension, the ferry is 240 meters long and has an increased capacity of 50% more cabins, 30% more passengers and 15% more cargo. Loading and unloading are streamlined with a drive-through configuration for both car decks.

Stena RoRo & Crowley to Assist United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) in Acquiring Vessels for their Ready Reserve Force

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Solutions business unit has been awarded a multi-year contract for Vessel Acquisition Management (VAM) by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).

Stena RoRo is included in Crowley’s project team, together with Serco and LCE (Life Cycle Engineering).

Stena RoRo will provide expertise related to market intelligence in the vessel selection process.

Stena RoRo will also act as broker within the VAM programme and support Crowley & MARAD with the conclusion of contracts for identified candidate vessels fulfilling the operational requirements set by MARAD.

The RRF currently consists of 41 vessels whereof 33 are Deepsea RoRos. A key objective in the VAM programme is a reduction of the overall age of the fleet and increase of ship reliability.


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Stena RoRo’s E-Flexer GALICIA Delivered to Brittany Ferries – with Higher Passenger Capacity

GALICIA, the first of three ships in the E-Flexer class ordered by Brittany Ferries was delivered on September 3. The vessel is the third E-Flexer of nine ordered by Stena RoRo from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai). The Galicia will be chartered by Brittany Ferries on a long-term basis and has been especially adapted to the wishes of the French ferry company:

  • The basic model car deck on Deck 7 has been converted to cabins. This, in combination with the deckhouse having been extended on both Decks 7 and 8, has enabled the number of cabins to be increased from 175 to 343.
  • Two scrubbers, one for each main engine
  • Two extra lifeboats added due to the ferry’s increased passenger capacity
  • The public spaces on Decks 7 and 8 have been partially given over to other functions compared to the basic model, but largely follow the E-Flexer standard.

“GALICIA is special because she is the first in the E-Flexer series to be delivered to an external customer,” says Per Westling, CEO for Stena RoRo. “The design has been adapted to Brittany Ferries’ special requirements and the yard has been able to deliver according to schedule despite the ongoing pandemic, which we are very happy about.”

Stena RoRo has an agreement with Brittany Ferries for long-term charters of two more vessels in the Stena E-Flexer series. Both will be powered by LNG, are under construction and will be delivered in 2022 and 2023, respectively.


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Corsica Linea To Charter STENA SUPERFAST X

Corsica Linea has agreed with Stena RoRo to charter ropax STENA SUPERFAST X long term.

She is actually operating in the Irish Sea on Dublin – Holyhead

  • To be renamed A NEPITA
  • To serve the Marseille – Algeria route as from summer 2020
  • To be rebuilt with scrubber and with an extra 100 cabins, bringing total cabins to 158
  • French flagged and French crew (an extra 150 jobs)


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Brittany Ferries to Charter Another Visentini Ferry from Stena RoRo

Brittany Ferries is going to charter an additional ferry ahead of the 2020 season. The ship is currently sailing in the Adriatic as AF MICHELA.

There are three main reasons for the charter:

  • During winter, Brittany Ferries have to send their ferry PONT-AVEN to a yard to have one of her four engines replaced. That will take almost 3 months.
  • To cope with potential delays in the delivery of HONFLEUR, under construction in Flensburg.
  • Generate additional capacity to prepare for the impacts of Brexit, should it happen at the end of October.

The chartered ro-pax will be operated from November 2019 until November 2020. She will take over Brittany Ferries sailings from Cork to Santander.

CONNEMARA, which operates between Cork and Santander today, will be brought under the French-flag. This is six months earlier than originally planned and reinforces Brittany Ferries commitment to the employment of French seafarers, a very important issue in France.

Following her re-flagging, CONNEMARA will be free to cover scheduled dry-dock periods for other vessels over the winter and to release ETRETAT (currently operating Portsmouth to Le Havre) to cover services from the UK to Spain in April.

Stena Roro Acquires Ropax Vessel In Japan

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Stena RoRo has purchased the ferry YAMATO from the Japanese shipping company Hankyu Ferry.  The vessel will be rebuilt at a shipyard in Europe and be fully adapted to European standards, after which it will be chartered out. This process will begin in spring 2020 and the ferry is estimated to be in traffic by the summer.

“On the European market, demand is greater than availability for this type of vessel, which is why we have turned to the Asian market, primarily Japan”, says Per Westling, CEO Stena RoRo.

Facts: Length 195m, Speed 23.5 knots, Lane metres 2,350, Build year 2003


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Stena RoRo Updated Fleet List

Stena RoRo has recently updated its fleet list, with now 6 ro-ro vessels, and 7 ro-pax ferries, including the Chinese newbuildings.

Toll Shipping’s second Jinling newbuilding left the yard in December. She will be named VICTORIA RELIANCE II.

Stena Roro Places An Order For A Further Newbuild And Signs A 10-Year Charter Contract With Brittany Ferries

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Last Thursday, 24 May 2018, we had the pleasure to sending an extra news flash, with the announcement from Brittany Ferries. Indeed, the French company revealed that they made an agreement with Stena RoRo for the bareboat charter of a second E-Flexer class of ferries.

Now Stena RoRo confirmed the fact that this is the sixth vessel in the series of 4+4 units, to be built in China at the AVIC International Shipyard.

Stena RoRo also confirmed that she would be the first LNG-powered ferry. Now the Swedish company still has two more options.