Just before Christmas, DFDS had the pleasure to announce the gain for a large customer contract and that, therefore, we would increase freight capacity in the Mediterranean Sea by allocating further ships, including two of the ro-ro newbuildings from Jinling Shipyard to this trade and through expanding terminal capacities.
However, we have already begun to increase the capacity as we have secured the charter for the newly constructed ro-ro vessel Alf Pollak. The 4.200 lane meter vessel is a scrubber fitted sister-ship to Tulipa Seaways and Gardenia Seaways which all are built in the German Shipyard FSG.
Alf Pollak is a good fit into the port infrastructure as the ship model is comparable to most of the ro-ro fleet already operating in BU Med.
Additionally, we have also extended our charter of Fionia Seaways to the end of 2019 and she has also now arrived to the Mediterranean.
“The increased route capacity adds more frequency to DFDS’ routes and the addition of another port terminal in Istanbul extends the network. With higher frequency and a more accessible port infrastructure, DFDS is well positioned to support the growth of Turkish exporters as well as transport and logistics companies in the market” says Selçuk Boztepe, SVP of BU Med.
“With the increased ship capacity provided by Alf Pollak and Fionia Seaways, we can continue to provide a smooth and frictionless service for our customers while supporting and accommodating the potential for continuous growth in the Mediterranean” says Peder Gellert, EVP & Head of Shipping.
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