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First ferry sailing for Sheerness in two decades

[ August 9, 2021   //   ]

Peel Ports London Medway has has handled the first sailing on DFDS’s new freight-only service between Sheerness and Calais.
The Maxine offers a daily sailing in each direction with space for up to 165 unaccompanied freight units.
The vessel will arrive daily into Sheerness at 05.00 and return to Calais at 11.00.
Most of the unaccompanied freight carried today by DFDS on its Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk services is expected to be transferred to the new route.
Sheerness port operates 24 hours a day and Peel Ports has invested in enhancing its facilities and services.
It is the first ferry service at Sheerness in more than two decades since the end of the Olau Line route to Vlissingen.
DFDS freight sales director, Wayne Bullen, said: “We’re really pleased to be adding a new unaccompanied freight service to the extensive route network that DFDS already offers. “Sheerness benefits from excellent road links with a close proximity to the M25 orbital ring, which is ideal for goods heading to the London area and the Midlands. With the current shortage of freight drivers, across Europe, expanding unaccompanied freight transport will provide a logical solution.
“Sheerness promises to be a superb ‘partner port’, with an ambitious plan to grow its services over the next decade. We also continue to cement our partnership with the port of Calais and are excited to be expanding our services to the port as it marks the fulfilment of its multi-million-pound expansion project.