DFDS: UK freight volumes normalised in December

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Freight:

  • Total volumes in December 2021 were 7.6% below 2020.
  • Net adjustments for structural route changes reduced growth 2.2 ppt to -9.8%.
  • Total adjusted volumes were up 17.0% compared to December 2019.
  • The decrease in total volumes compared to 2020 was entirely due to lower volumes on all UK routes as stock-building ahead of Brexit boosted volumes considerably on UK routes last year. Most of the UK routes are part of the North Sea and Channel business units which in December 2021 both were above 2019.
  • The Mediterranean business unit continued to carry volumes above 2020 while Baltic Sea volumes were just below 2020 as capacity on one route was reduced from two ferries in 2020 to one ferry in December 2021.
  • Volumes for both the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea business units were above 2019.
  • For the full-year 2021, the total transported freight lane metres increased 5.2% to 43.0m from DKK 40.9m in 2020.

Passenger:

  • The total number of passengers in December 2021 was 8.8% above 2020.
  • The number of passengers increased between Norway and Denmark, while the number of passengers on UK routes decreased due to more severe travel restrictions on these routes.
  • For the full-year 2021, the total number of passengers was 0.9m compared to 1.5m in 2020 and 5.1m in 2019, the latter being the latest pre-Covid-19 year.

Record year for cargo on Wasaline – Strong recovery on the passenger segment

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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that continued for most of 2021, passenger volumes increased by 87.5% and Wasaline carried 107,659 passengers (57,415). The number of passenger vehicles increased by 69.2%. During the Autumn, when the corona passport was used for entry, the passenger growth was significant.

After the traffic start of AURORA BOTNIA, passenger volumes were all-time high every month. Unfortunately, the positive development was interrupted in mid-December when the new Covid-19 variant and tightening of travel restrictions were introduced again.

The departures increased by 21.3% to 990 departures (816).

Cargo volumes were all time high since Wasaline started the traffic 2013, and cargo units increased by 25.3%. The increase in tonnes was 27.5%. Every month throughout 2021, the company has had growth in cargo volumes.

The Year Was A Real Challenge For Wasaline

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Due to Covid-19 the turnover decreased during the year with 46.4%.

The passenger turnover decreased by 71.8% and passenger volume by 72%.

Turnover for the cargo traffic increased with 7.5% and cargo volume increased with 6.6%.

The operating result decreased with 133% = €-745,000 (€2,114,000)

  • Passengers: 57,415 (204,704)
  • Cars: 14,532 (46,312)
  • Cargo units: 16,969 (15,913)
  • Departures: 816 (826)

The pandemic will strongly affect Wasalines result also in 2021.

Restrictions are expected to continue during the year.

During the year the newbuilding project with AURORA BOTNIA has proceeded according to the plan at RMC, Rauma and will continue intensively until the delivery expected in April-May 2021. There is a risk of delay in the delivery, though, due to the Covid-19.

SALAMANCA Floated Out

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The next Stena RoRo ship to join Brittany Ferries’ fleet will be called SALAMANCA.

The launch ceremony took place on 6 January 2021 at the CMJL shipyard in Weihai, China. She is the second of three E-Flexer class ships ordered by Brittany Ferries.

Both SALAMANCA (2022) and SANTOÑA (2023) will be powered by LNG and will serve the company’s long-distance routes connecting the UK with Spain.

The facilities for storing LNG will be supplied by Repsol in Spain. Under the terms of the agreement, the fuel company will build two quayside LNG bunkering terminals in the ports of Santander and Bilbao, including a 1,000 m3 storage tank to ensure uninterrupted supply.

Wasaline Is Looking Forward to New Ship with more Cargo Capacity

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2020, a challenging year for Wasaline, with many positive signs, despite of covid-19

  • Turnover -46.4%
  • Turnover for passenger traffic -72.7% due to travel restrictions
  • Turnover of cargo +7.5% – 2020 was a record year (+26% since 2013)
  • Average ton price of fuel -36.1% in 2020
  • Total fuel saving 3.2%
  • Departures -1.2% (816)

“Despite all the challenges we have with Covid-19, I look forward to 2021. With a steady increase on the cargo side, we see that the new vessel with greater cargo capacity is needed. With the extensive savings programs we have managed to keep the economy at a

satisfactory level. We would like to extend a big thank you to all our cargo customers and to all staff who do an outstanding job daily of reviewing all costs and ensuring that emergency traffic works smoothly across Kvarken “, says Peter Ståhlberg, CEO of Wasaline.

Wasaline Signed the SAILS Initiative

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Wasaline is the first Nordic shipping company to sign the SAILS (Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-Impact Shipping) Initiative for Good Practices in Maritime Transport for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment.

The new ferry currently under construction features several environmental-friendly attributes that exceed the regulatory obligations that Wasaline now can undertake and sign for.

The SAILS Initiative for Good Practices in Maritime Transport for the Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment is a French initiative in the field of sustainable maritime transport.

Stability for Wasaline in Spite of Challenging Year

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Challenges in 2019:

  • Ropax WASA EXPRESS was away for a three-week maintenance visit at the shipyard, in January
  • The Finnish Seafarer ‘s Union’s support strike in November affected operations: 8 departures were cancelled and 4 departures were without cargo.

Positive in 2019:

  • The average price of fuel decreased by 2.5% during the financial year. Due to this combined with the investments for energy savings, the fuel cost has decreased by 8.4%. The total fuel savings was 9.6%.
  • The ice winter was mild.

Key figures for 2019:

Status quo revenue €19.6 million.

Passenger traffic sales increased by 6.3% and cargo sales decreased by 6.2%.

  • -2.8% Departures 826
  • -3.5% Passengers 204,704
  • -1.4% Cars 46,312
  • -4.3% Cargo units 15,913

FERRY FINANCE

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Stable Turnover for Wasaline Despite less Sailings

The 2019 volumes were greatly affected by a 3-week absence of ferry WASA EXPRESS, and the Finnish postal strike.

This meant only 826 departures, compared to 850 in 2018.

Stable €19.6 million turnover

  • -3.5% Passengers (204,704)
  • -1.4% Cars (46,312)
  • -4.3% Freight units