DFDS Launched the New Route Zeebrugge – Gothenburg

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Early May DFDS entered a five-year agreement with Stora Enso to transport around 700,000 tons of paper and paperboard products annually. This week (week 25), DFDS

launched the new route between Zeebrugge and Gothenburg.

The two tailormade 2,450 lane metre ro-ro ships owned by Wagenborg and operating on the route since the beginning have been acquired by DFDS and given DFDS names.


FIONIA SEAWAYS has been transferred from the Gothenburg – Ghent route to the new route and will take part in the 8 to 12 weekly departures. She left Gothenburg for the first time on 15 June, Zeebrugge-bound.


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DFDS: Collaboration With Volvo Trucks On Autonomous Transport Between Logistics Centre And Port Terminal

DFDS has entered into a collaboration with Volvo Trucks concerning their electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera.

The aim is to develop and test an integrated solution for transporting goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden, using Vera.

Facts about the Vera project:

  • The assignment is to move containers from a DFDS logistics centre in Gothenburg to an APM terminal in the port according to needed capacity.
  • The autonomous system is monitored by an operator in a control tower who is also responsible for the transport.
  • The solution is suited for repetitive flows with a maximum speed of 40 km/h.
  • Infrastructure adaptations are part of the scope in the implementation of the total transport system, including automated gates at the terminals.
  • Volvo Trucks and DFDS are main partners but several actors are involved in implementing Vera’s first assignment.
  • The initiative is carried out with support from the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency through the Strategic vehicle research and innovation programme FFI.


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DFDS New Business Unit Brings Routes Closer to Sales & Marketing Organisation

DFDS has created a new Business Unit (BU), called “Short Routes and Passenger”.

It contains almost all the DFDS passenger activities under one single management.

  • Business Unit Group Passenger
  • Route Dieppe-Newhaven
  • Route Dover-Calais
  • Route Dover-Dunkirk
  • Route Copenhagen-Oslo
  • Route Amsterdam-Newcastle

The new Business Unit will be headed by VP Kasper Moos, who will maintain his office in Dover and report to Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of Ferry Division.

The basic idea of the reshuffle is to bring the routes closer to the sales and marketing organisation.

BU Baltic will continue managing and operating all Baltic Sea routes using BU Short Routes and Passenger as its global sales agency.


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Bunker Rating Tool Brings Transparency in the Bunkers Industry

DFDS has begun to use BunkerTrust, a service which allows shipping companies to judge and view other people’s ratings of suppliers and bunkers.

Today, about 250 ships rate their bunkers deliveries on a regular basis via BunkerTrust, and DFDS is among the 23 shipowners using the platform.


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DFDS To Take Over the Ro-Ro Service from Turkish Company Alternative Transport

Alternative Transport is experiencing financial difficulties. The Turkish company announced to stop operating the route between Sète, France and Cesme, Turkey. To assure its continuation, DFDS will start to run the route as from 1 July.

The route represents 20,000 to 25,000 trucks a year.

DFDS will test the route for six months, with two sailings a week.

Two 310-unit vessels will be put on the route.

It also means Toulon will lose one of the three weekly calls.

Alternative Transport operated two ships: FADIQ and AYSHE. The first is still sailing on the route. The latter is in Perama.

DFDS Is Testing Intelligent Drones

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DFDS is developing and testing drones that can help us keep track of the trailers in the terminals in cooperation with Lorenz Technology, a Danish company developing drones based on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The drones can autonomously zip around the terminal locating trailers, scanning and analysing trailer numbers, while integrating a real-time data flow to terminal management systems. This data can help terminal staff with different tasks, including precise location of trailers and improved weight management when loading ferries for increased operating efficiency.
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By | 2019 newsletter week 19 | No Comments

DFDS Opens New Route Between Zeebrugge and Gothenburg for Stora Enso

9 May, DFDS and Stora Enso have entered into a 5-year agreement to annually carry around 700,000 tons of paper and board products between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge.

To accommodate the volumes of the agreement, DFDS will open a route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium.

The new route will be operated by three ro-ro ferries. Two ro-ro ferries – SLINGEBORG and SCHIEBORG – will be acquired for DKK 270m. These vessels were originally designed for the route, and for this cargo. They were chartered by Stora Enso and operated by SOL Continent Line since November 2014. The ships will no longer be available to SOL Continent Line, which means that the SOL service between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge will end on 17 June, 2019. (read the SOL press release here)

DFDS will also transfer one ro-ro from DFDS’ existing route between Gothenburg and Ghent that currently deploys four freight ferries.

The new Zeebrugge-Gothenburg route is expected to begin operating mid-June, 2019.

Stora Enso has the option to extend the agreement with three year.

New Headquarters For DFDS

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DFDS and the pension fund investor PensionDanmark signed an agreement to build a new head office for DFDS in Copenhagen.

It will be built at Marmorvej near the Copenhagen – Oslo route’s terminal.

The new headquarters will give the opportunity to gather all head-office staff and functions in the same building, and at the same time offer great and modern facilities.

The new head office will be constructed by PensionDanmark and rented by DFDS.

It will be a building offering six floors and 12,500 square meters for 700 people with offices, meeting rooms, fitness facilities, car and bike parking and a big auditorium, among other things.

DFDS plans to move in 2021.

DFDS Q1 On Track Strong Performance in North Sea

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In Q1, revenue increased 11% to DKK 3.9bn driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and stockpiling in UK ahead of the initial Brexit-date end of March. The Easter timing difference vs 2018 lowered passenger revenue.

EBITDA before special items increased 13% to DKK 677m driven by the Mediterranean expansion and strong performance in North Sea.

Baltic Sea’s result was lowered by one-off additional operating costs as capacity was maintained during dockings, one of which was extended. In addition, the Easter timing difference reduced passenger earnings compared to Q1 2018, especially in the Passenger business unit.

Logistics continued to improve performance in UK & Ireland. In Sweden and Belgium earnings were lower as Q1 2018 included peak earnings from a large contract.

The first in a series of six new freight ferries was delivered in February and successfully deployed in March between Istanbul and Trieste.

2019 EBITDA outlook unchanged: DKK 3.8-4.0bn (2018: DKK 3.6bn, restated)

Key figures Q1 2019

  • +11% Revenue: DKK 3.9bn (3.5)
  • +13% EBITDA: DKK 677m (597)
  • -22.3% Profit before tax DKK 159m (204)

Outlook 2019 Unchanged

  • 10-12% revenue growth
  • EBITDA-range of DKK 3.8-4.0bn (2018: DKK 3.6bn)