DFDS/LD Lines ready to start new Calais-Dover route 

Date published: 3 February 2012

The new Dover-Calais route will start operation as from the 17 February. Two ships flying the French flag will be added on the Dover Strait.
As previously stated, DFDS and our partner LD Lines have been very committed to establishing a new joint passenger and freight ferry service between  Dover and Calais .

Today we are very pleased to announce that we will start our new service on 17 February 2012. Initially we will operate the route with the NORMAN SPIRIT, which is flying the French flag. A further ferry under the French flag will be added on the Dover Strait as soon as we can be ready with a suitable ship.

As we have also previously announced, we will hire 300 staff at sea and ashore in addition to those we already employ. The process of hiring people, many of these being former SeaFrance staff, has already started.

DFDS and LDA are grateful for the support which we have received from the French Government, Chamber of Commerce, the local authorities and the ports, whose support have been important factors in being able to start already on 17 February. We look forward to continuing this fruitful cooperation to the benefit of the future development of the route as well as employment.

We are confident that our customers and the many people and freight compa-nies that travel between France and Dover will benefit from the flexibility we can now offer with both a northern leg on Dover-Dunkerque and a southern leg on Calais- Dover.
We therefore look very much forward to being able to welcome passengers as well as freight customers to our new Calais- Dover service, and, in cooperation with our new employees as well as our staff in Dover and Dunkerque, we look forward to providing an attractive and efficient customers service and a sustain-able workplace.

Contact persons:
Carsten Jensen, Senior Vice President, Head of DFDS’ Channel Business:
Tel. +45 24 66 61 40
Chris Newey, Passenger Director,
Tel.: 0044 (0)7789 500699