Dover freight sets million record
Freight volumes for the DFDS Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes have been roaring ahead this year and the operator has just smashed its predictions on setting a record million units.
Freight sales director Wayne Bullen said: “We knew we were on course, but the special moment came earlier than we originally predicted. Milestones such as this emphasise the high level of service we are offering on the Channel routes and underline the confidence and loyalty we receive from our customers.”
DFDS celebrated the occasion by handing out complimentary branded travel mugs to freight drivers arriving for the one-million-mark sailing from Dover, and presented a hamper of goodies to the driver of the millionth vehicle.
He was Michal Vrba, a driver with Inex Spedition, a transport and storage operator based in the north east of the Czech Republic at Trutnov, some two hours from the nation’s capital of Prague.
The company operates a modern fleet of 43 trucks. Michal was delighted that his vehicle was the millionth shipped with DFDS on the Channel during 2016. “I like DFDS, they look after drivers, though I never expected this as well”, he said, smiling and accepting the prize hamper.
Wayne Bullen thanked him for his and his company’s valued custom and added: “We are now confident that we will carry over 1.3 million freight units by year end, cruising past the 965,000 record we set for 2015 and confirming our status as the market leader for ferry traffic on the Channel.
“It also reflects on our long-standing policy of valuing our freight customers, whose drivers enjoy dedicated facilities in the Road Kings club on board our vessels as a reward for their loyalty.”
DFDS has already celebrated a 63 per cent increase in freight volumes on the Dover routes in the second quarter of this year, part of an upswing following the addition of two new ships on the Calais route in the spring, Cote des Dunes and Cote de Flandres.
This means that DFDS now offers up to 54 daily sailings on its two routes to France with the help of a dedicated online booking service for freight, which was launched in March. This simplifies the booking process and allows operators to track shipments and view real-time departure information.
A new and improved terminal at Dunkirk has also boosted traffic, by allowing a faster check in process and a safe and secure parking area for up to 260 vehicles at the port.
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DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
The company is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary; it was formed in 1866 by the merger of Denmark’s three biggest steamship lines of the day – DFDS stands for ‘The United Steamship Company’ in Danish.
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 the last six years (2011 – 2016), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last five years (2011-15). The company was also named ‘Best Family Ferry Operator’ at the 2016 Family Traveller Awards.
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, visit www.dfds.co.uk.
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