Freight News, Sea

Scots ferry in the black

[ March 5, 2016   //   ]

DFDS’s freight service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge route moved into profit for the first time in 2015, reported the ro ro operator in its annual accounts. Freight volumes also increased by 10% on the route. Route director, Stein Est, said: “The stricter EU legislation on sulphur, introduced in 2015, and the associated additional costs jeopardised the future of the route. In consultation with the Scottish Government, DFDS and the port of Rosyth therefore decided to invest €6 million in the route.” The investment included a scrubber installation and improved infrastructure in the Scottish terminal to allow stacked containers.
In what DFDS described as a record year, the ferry operator shipped its highest ever voulme of freight to the UK, up 10%. It shipped 12.2% more between Rotterdam (Vlaardingen) and Felixstowe and 12.9% more between Rotterdam and Immingham.
It was also a very good year for the passenger ferry between IJmuiden and Newcastle, with a record 587,000 passengers and 121,500 vehicles.

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