Feature, Freight News, Sea

A new era on the North Sea

[ July 25, 2017   //   ]

The Gardenia Seaways, one of two new DFDS freight superferries for the Immingham-Rotterdam service made its maiden voyage to the UK on the night of 24 July.
She is one of two new generation cargo-only superferries (sister vessel Tulipa Seaways) 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. Tulipa Seaways will enter service in autumn.

DFDS chief executive, Niels Smedegaard, 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.

Allan Hull, DFDS UK agency director also welcomed the increased capacity and greater efficiency: “The new generation of vessels offers enhanced driver facilities too”, said Allan. “Enabling us to offer more accommodation for driver accompanied freight on this busy route.”