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DFDS reinstates Calais-Sheerness run

[ March 18, 2022   //   ]

With turmoil raging in the port of Dover, following P&O Ferries’ suspension of 800 seafarers, DFDS has reinstated its unaccompanied service from Calais to Sheerness. A new vessel, the 120-trailer capacity M/V Botnia Seaways has been introduced to operate the service, which last ran in mid-January. The vessel discharged at peel Ports-owned Sheerness for the first time on Tuesday 15 March.

The service caters for unaccompanied trailers, Sheerness’s proximity to the M25 making it ideal for goods destined for London and the Midlands, says Peel.

Head of DFDS’s Channel business unit, Filip Hermann, said: “DFDS is extremely pleased with the relaunch of our dedicated unaccompanied service. This is a unique value proposition for our cross-channel customers, which we are proud to be able to offer.”

Director of  the South East cluster at Peel Ports, Richard Goffin,  added: “The arrival of the M/V Botnia Seaways and continuation of the partnership that began in June 2021 is a strong indication that we’re committed to ensuring an excellent service to DFDS. Our dedicated RoRo facilities, strategic location and accessibility provides significant benefits to both DFDS and their customers and goes some way to avoiding the congestion issues seen in Kent.”