DFDS opens direct ferry line between Ireland and France / mainland Europe

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From January 2, 2021, a new freight ferry line between Rosslare and Dunkirk will offer trucks and their drivers direct, paperless transport between EU countries.

To facilitate trade between Ireland and mainland Europe, DFDS is opening a new freight ferry line on January 2, 2021 between Rosslare in Ireland and Dunkirk in northern France. The port of Dunkirk is a gateway to Ireland’s main export markets – France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands – and a multitude of secondary markets.

Additional capacity has been chartered in order to deploy three combined freight and passenger ferries on the route to transport the drivers with their trucks and trailers. The new route therefore offers an economical alternative to driving across the UK.

“We are extremely happy to offer Irish and European companies a cost effective way to negotiate directly with each other. There will be no customs formalities or possible waiting times that the transition to Brexit could entail for trucks passing through the United Kingdom ”, says Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS.

Competitive offer in the freight market

The deployment of three ferries ensures a competitive frequency with six weekly departures in each direction. Each ferry can accommodate up to 125 trucks and their drivers in single secure Covid-19 cabins. The crossing time is 24 hours.

Upon arrival in Dunkirk or Rosslare, truck drivers will be completely rested and immediately able to reach many major destinations within the legal driving limit.

The itinerary will not initially target passengers, although a passenger offer may be marketed later.

Route configuration

The route is expected to achieve revenues in excess of DKK 300m in 2022. The route is jointly owned by DFDS and Irish interests. The general manager will be Aidan Coffey. The new route will be operated from offices in Rosslare, Cork and Dunkirk.

Sea News, November 27

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