Keel-Laying Ceremony Initiates Construction Of Fourth Freight Ferry In China

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The third DFDS freight ferry from China had not been outside the dry dock for long before the site team and construction crew started the construction of our fourth newbuilding.

March 27, the traditional keel-laying ceremony took place at the Jinling Shipyard to officially celebrate the start of construction of the fourth DFDS freight ferry. In line with Chinese tradition, a coin was placed under the keel and this time Chief Engineer Matti Thomsen was given the honour of sealing it as a symbol of luck throughout the construction process and while at sea.

The fourth freight ferry is expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2019.

Port Of Ghent Welcomes DFDS Initiative To Get More Freight On Rail Instead Of Road

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As from 11 March, five trains per week will call at the DFDS terminal, to drop and pick-up trucks and containers.

DFDS has 8 freight ferries per week between Ghent and Gothenburg. The idea is to put more freight southward bound on trains.

In the meanwhile, the DFDS ro-ro terminal in Ghent is getting a facelift, with a new office building, and fully automated gates.

Ghent is one of the North Sea Ports (Ghent, Terneuzen, Vlissingen).

FERRY SHIPPING

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DFDS’ Biggest Ro-Ro Ferry Ever Enters The Fleet

On 31 January Henrik Tidblad, Director of Fleet Management DFDS, concluded that the necessary documents had been exchanged and that the Jinling yard had safely received payment.

This means the first of six 6,700 lane metre ferries is soon ready to be deployed on the Turkey-Trieste route.

DFDS still has to announce her official name.

The entry of the first vessel in service will most probably create reshuffles on other routes.

On the picture: the entire DFDS team that handled the delivery. Front row, second from the left: Henrik Tidblad, Jesper Aagesen, Jens-Peter Baltsersen and Ole Færge. (source and photo DFDS News)

The DFDS Shipping Division Is Now Called The Ferry Division

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Peder Gellert, DFDS Executive Vice President and Head of the Ferry Division, announced that it has been decided to change the name of the Shipping Division to the Ferry Division.

“It is difficult for people who do not know our industry well to understand the nature of our business more precisely if we are described by the general term ‘shipping’. It will emphasise our important role for travel and trade and even for nations, such as when the UK government relies on our network to ensure the supply of critical goods in case of a no-deal Brexit.”

“However, it makes no sense to use the name Ferry Division unless we refer to our ships as ferries. This means that we will now start using the term ferry for our ships.

In the Ferry Division, we operate ferries: freight ferries, cruise ferries and, passenger and freight ferries.”

Adopting the name will be a gradual process.

FINANCE

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DFDS Reached New All-Time High Result In 2018

DFDS can look back on a very strong 2018 and growth is set to continue in 2019 on the back of the recent expansion of U.N. RoRo in the Mediterranean.

The company will shortly introduce the first of the Chinese freight ferries. The expanded capacity will support their customers’ growth.

DFDS is also feeling confident being ready for their customers with whatever the Brexit outcome will be.

+13% Q4 revenue DKK 4.0bn

+20% Q4 EBITDA DKK 688m

+10% Full-year revenue DKK 15.7bn

+11% Full-year EBITDA DKK 3.0bn