DFDS takes delivery of its largest freight ferry ever
DFDS is preparing for future growth with the construction of six new mega ferries in China. The first one was delivered to DFDS on 31 January and will be entering into service between Turkey and the EU during March.
Following a successful sea trial, the first of six new mega freight ferries being built at the Chinese shipyard Jinling has been delivered to DFDS. It is now en route to Turkey to accommodate an increasing demand for volume capacity from logistics companies transporting goods between Turkey and the EU.
With a load capacity of 6,700 lane metres, it can accommodate 450 trailers. It has a length of 237.4m and will be by far the largest in DFDS’ fleet. The freight ferries are each equipped with a unique ramp system with three independent stern ramps and internal ramps on each side of the freight ferries, making them able to load and unload trailers quickly and efficiently. This will reduce time in port considerably.
Due to the large capacity, the six freight ferries’ energy consumption per trailer transported will be significantly decreased. The ferries will all be equipped with scrubbers to reduce sulphur oxide and to be prepared for the global sulphur limit regulation which takes effect from January 2020.
“By offering our customers greater efficiency and more capacity, the new freight ferries will help our customers grow their businesses and ensure that DFDS is prepared for growth in our route network in northern Europe and the Mediterranean,” says Peder Gellert, EVP, Head of Ferry Division.
Freight ferry specifications:
- Lanemeter: 6.700
- Trailere: 450
- Length: 237,40m
- Speed: 21,0 knots
- Passengers: 12
INVESTMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE FOR MEDITERRANEAN ROUTE NETWORK
DFDS will in 2019 invest DKK 300m to install scrubbers on 12 freight ferries deployed on freight routes in the Mediterranean between Turkey, Italy, Greece and France. The investment will ensure compliance with the new global rules that from 2020 aims to reduce sulphur emissions through limiting sulphur content in marine fuel oil to 0.5% or through other means, such as scrubbers, with at least a similar environmental effect.