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DFDS Seaways bolsters cross channel coach offerings with key appointment

Date published: 7 November 2011

The DFDS Seaways English Channel route has appointed Stuart Duddy as Head of Coach Sales and Contracts as part of its strategy to launch a coach carrying service on its Dover – Dunkirk route.

The ferry operator is offering dedicated coach packages, guaranteed levels of comfort, service and sophistication on each of its three identical state of the art vessels. As the only ferry operator sailing into Dunkirk, the port is quieter than Calais but it has the same excellent motorway links and offers shorter drive times when travelling to Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany and beyond.

A high profile figure in the coach industry, Stuart has over 14 years in the Cross Channel coach industry, and has previously worked at P&O Ferries, Eurotunnel and LD Lines.

Stuart Duddy said: “I’m thrilled to have joined DFDS Seaways, and excited about launching a proposition which will make huge waves in the Cross Channel market. Our fares will be highly competitive and together with the added benefits of being flexible, having a single point of contact booking process, as well as our award winning customer experience, I am certain that our service will prove to be very attractive to coach operators.”

Chris Newey, Passenger Director for the DFDS Seaways English Channel route, said: “Coach passengers will now be able to travel across the Channel with DFDS Seaways, and will also be able to mix and match with our other ferry routes to and from the UK, France, Holland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, providing a wealth of options for holidays and trips.

Customers will be able to enjoy great value shopping, a range of bars and eateries and modern spacious seating areas on board the vessels.

Coach drivers and staff will also be able to benefit from a dedicated Road Kings area with massage chairs, lounge area, private restaurant, internet access and full shower facilities.

For more information visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/coach-to-france or telephone 01304 216583 for bookings.


For more information, please contact Sarah Whelband on 01732 779 087 or email sarahw@westgatecomms.com.


About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company.

DFDS Seaways operates a network of 30 routes with 60 freight and passenger ships, while DFDS Logistics provides freight solutions in Europe with trailers, containers, and rail.

DFDS Seaways was recently named as the only recommended ferry operator by Which? Travel (July 2011) and the Dover-France route won The Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk travel award for ‘Best Ferry Company’ in 2009, for the second year running. The company was also ‘Highly Recommended’ in the 2007 Telegraph Travel Awards. In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Harwich to Esbjerg.

DFDS Seaways and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group have recently submitted a joint bid for certain assets of SeaFrance, which is currently under review by the relevant competition authorities, as well as other stakeholders.

DFDS Seaways Dover-Dunkirk has recently carried record car passenger numbers of 100,000 per week over the busy summer period this year, and is continuing to grow its market share of the car passenger English Channel market.

For further information, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk