Port of call for DFDS’ new freight superferry
BON VOYAGE: Gardenia Seaways makes her maiden voyage. Pictures submitted by DFDS.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jul 2017
A NEW era in DFDS’ north sea services between the Humber and Rotterdam started with the maiden voyage arrival into Immingham of the Gardenia Seaways.
The vessel was loaded in Immingham ready for an overnight crossing for Rotterdam, arriving there yesterday.
Gardenia Seaways (IMO 9809095), is one of two new generation cargo-only superferries commissioned to handle increased volumes on DFDS’ busy North Sea freight route.
Each vessel is 210 metres long, with the capacity for 262 trailers and a load space of 4,076 lane metres.
The second vessel, Tulipa Seaways will enter service in autumn.
UNLOADING: The first truck is driven off the Gardenia Seaways. Picture submitted by DFDS.
Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, said: “In spite of Brexit, we still see freight volumes on our North Sea routes growing and are confident that these new ships will offer the capacity, reliability and a significantly improved quality of service which our customers will appreciate.”
The ship design meets current environmental requirements, reducing fuel consumption and providing much better handling during loading and unloading in port.
“The two new buildings represent the first step in an ambitious new building programme that will add considerable capacity to our North Sea network over the next few years,” added Mr Smedegaard.
Allan Hull, DFDS UK agency director, welcomed the increased capacity and greater efficiency, facilitating significant growth on the busy Rotterdam to Immingham route. He said: “The new generation of vessels offers enhanced driver facilities, too, enabling us to offer more accommodation for driver accompanied freight on this busy route”.
DFDS takes on both vessels under a bareboat charter contract.
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