DFDS has decided to deploy a new ship specially designed for the services in the English Channel from 2021. The ship will be built in Avic Weihai shipyard for Stena RoRo, and will be chartered for 10 years, with an option to buy.
The ferry will be highly efficient with an expected reduction in oil consumption of around 25% compared to current ferries. It will be able to carry 3,100 lane metres of cargo and 1,000 passengers. With this capacity, it will be the largest of the ships on the Channel.
The ship will be delivered in 2021, and market developments will determine whether it will be as an addition to the existing fleet or a replacement of the 1991-built CALAIS SEAWAYS.
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