DFDS has recently ordered an additional new build Ro-Ro freight ferry from the Chinese Jinling shipyard.
The vessel, designed by Danish-based Knud E Hansen, is similar to the five previously ordered freight ferries and is designed to carry 6,700 lane metres of freight, equivalent to around 450 trailers. According to DFDS, the ship’s large capacity reduces unit costs as well as the environmental impact of each unit being transported.
The new ship, along with the others already ordered, will help DFDS customers grow their business and increase DFDS’ operational efficiency in northern Europe and the Mediterranean. The first two ships are expected to be delivered at the beginning of next year, the third and fourth in the second half of 2019 and the last two in the first half of 2020.
DFDS’ fleet extension and renewal programme also includes two combined freight and passenger ferries (Ro-Pax) to be delivered in 2021 for deployment in the Baltic route network. In addition, two Ro-Ro ferries are being lengthened to increase capacity, and a chartered combined freight and passenger ferry (Ro-Pax) will be delivered in 2021 for deployment on the English Channel routes.