DFDS Seaways and the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche, which is responsible for the promotion of cross Channel activities for the Seine-Maritime region, have reached an agreement in principle to extend DFDS Seaways’ operation and marketing of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service for an additional year.
The agreement was reached between Nicolas Rouly, chairman of the General Council of Seine-Maritime and the SMPAT and Peder Gellert Pedersen, chairman of DFDS Seaways France and underlines the importance of the cross Channel ferry service to the tourism industry in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy.
The agreement stipulates that the Seven Sisters and the Cote d’Albâtre ships, which are owned by SMPAT, will continue to be operated by DFDS Seaways on the Newhaven-Dieppe service during 2015.
New sailing schedules will be introduced during peak periods in response to growing tourism and economic demands recorded in recent years.
Other key elements include plans to adapt the ships to meet the requirements of MARPOL VI directive, using cleaner fuels, as well as safeguarding the jobs of the crew and shore-side staff who currently work on the route for the additional year.
Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK added: “The one-year extension of our agreement with SMPAT is great news for DFDS Seaways, our employees, partners and especially our customers.
“It is also a great endorsement of the quality of the operations and service that we have been providing on this route from SMPAT.
“We are looking forward to providing an even better and more efficient service in 2015.”