Pearl Seaways

Press Release


Date: 14 June 2018

Ferry operator DFDS has announced the appointment of Graham Hopcraft as its new Key Account Manager South.

Hopcraft joins the business with 18 years’ experience in the ferry industry, having spent the last 10 years at Condor Ferries and more recently has sat on the Board of the Coach Tourism Association.

Speaking of his appointment, Hopcraft said “I’m looking forward to working for a progressive company with a proven track record for growth and support. Having spent 18 years in the fast ferry industry, I am looking forward to the new challenge this role presents, where I can build on DFDS’ successes and contribute to the bottom line of a global company whilst remaining in the ferry industry.”

While Graham’s role is primarily looking after DFDS’ coaching group and specialists accounts, he will also be looking to replicate the business’ success in the North with retail multiples and agents across the South of England and South Wales.

Colin Fawcus, National Sales Manager at DFDS said ““We’re delighted to welcome Graham into the UK Sales team and he already has extensive knowledge of the Ferry Industry, which puts him in great stead to build strong relationships with our existing trade partners and share his insight to attract new customers.”


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About DFDS:

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for eight years running (2012-2019), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last seven years (2011-18).

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, click here.

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