​DFDS confirms Replacement Ferry on Calais Service

Stena Nordica to replace Dieppe Seaways.

Award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, has confirmed that it will be adding Stena Nordica to its Dover-Calais service. The new ship will bring DFDS’ Dover-France fleet back up to five ships and will replace Dieppe Seaways, which was returned to its owner at the end of November 2014.

The ferry will need to go into dry dock for a refit and rebrand before it can join Calais Seaways on the Dover-Calais service, but she is expected to be ready for business in the next couple of months.

This latest addition to the DFDS passenger and freight fleet of ferries is around 170m long with capacity for around 375 cars and 400 passengers.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, commented: “We’ve been looking for a suitable fifth ship on our Dover-France routes to bring our Calais service back up to two vessels. The introduction of the Nordica, coupled with an engine upgrade on Calais Seaways, will help us restore a reliable daily service of up to 20 sailings between Dover and Calais, which is good news for our customers, especially for those looking to head off to mainland Europe over the Easter period. When you factor in our Dunkirk service, this will again take us up to 44 daily sailings between Dover and France.”

The imminent arrival of Stena Nordica follows the recent Competition Appeal Tribunal’s ruling on the SCOP/Eurotunnel case on 9 January, which was welcomed by DFDS.

“Securing this new vessel underlines our commitment to this service and it is an important first step in our longer term plans to develop this route going forward," added Max Foster.


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About DFDS

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 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 DFDS passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newhaven to Dieppe and an overnight service from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

DFDS operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover to Dunkirk and Dover to Calais routes.  It 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 sailings a day and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last four years (2011-14), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit: www.dfdsseaways.co.uk.


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