DFDS has been named Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for the sixth year in a row at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony in Sardinia. The awards recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry and winners are decided by votes from the public and from travel industry professionals.
A 63 per cent increase in freight volumes on the Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes in the second quarter of 2016 has helped DFDS register a positive financial performance for the first half of the year. The growth, which has been achieved following the introduction of two new ships on the Dover-Calais service, is the strongest recorded in the company’s history.
DFDS recorded a record month for freight on its Dover to France routes in March, carrying more than 110,000 vehicles for the first time. The company reached the milestone following the introduction of two new ships, the Cotes des Dunes and the Cotes des Flandres, on its Dover-Calais service to provide 15 daily departures each way on the route.
Award-winning ferry operator DFDS enjoyed a record year on its Newcastle to Amsterdam service in 2015, carrying more than 580,000 passengers. The result was boosted by the company’s strongest ever May to September performance, during which the two ships on the route carried more than a quarter of a million people.
Award-winning ferry operator DFDS has welcomed its second new ferry, Côte des Flandres, on its Dover-Calais service. The ship sailed into Dover last night at 20:15 after its inaugural voyage from Calais. The passenger and freight ferry has been transformed in her brand new DFDS livery, mirroring sister ship, Côte des Dunes, which came into service on February 9th.
The new ships will join Calais Seaways on the service, enhancing DFDS’ daily schedule of sailings between Dover and Calais to up to 30 per day. When combined with DFDS’ three ferries on the Dover-Dunkirk route, DFDS will now operate the largest fleet on the Dover Strait, with up to 54 daily sailings to the two French ports.
DFDS Seaways has been awarded the prestigious accolade of Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala 2015 in Sardinia, Italy for the fourth year in a row. The World Travel Awards, hailed as the premier awards programme for the travel and tourism industry, are designed to recognise commitment to excellence throughout the global travel, tourism and hospitality sector.
DFDS has announced that an agreement between the staff representatives of SCOP-SeaFrance, Eurotunnel and DFDS, concerning the release of the Channel ferries Rodin and Berlioz, has been reached with the assistance of the French transport minister. As part of the agreement, DFDS is committing to the employment of 202 former SCOP-Seafrance employees in its French organisation.
Having successfully navigated its way through a competitive pitch process, Rooster has taken on the corporate and trade PR brief for DFDS Seaways. DFDS is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, operating four outbound passenger routes from the UK and with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
French officials have said the blockade in Calais will be lifted and the port of will re-open fully from noon today. The news follows a meeting at the ministry of transport in Paris, with the participation of SCOP SeaFrance, Groupe Eurotunnel and DFDS Seaways.
DFDS Seaways is continuing to divert a fourth ship to its Dover-Dunkirk service for the 16th day in a row as on-going strike action by former MyFerryLink workers continues to prevent the company from operating a full service into Calais. Carsten Jensen, senior vice president and head of DFDS Seaways in the UK commented: “We would like to reassure all our customers that we are open for business on the Channel, with the Calais Seaways continuing to operate on the Dunkirk route alongside our three normal ships.”
Passenger at the Port of Calais continued to be hit by disruption this morning as a strike by ferry workers entered a third day. MyFerryLink workers walked out on Monday over the sale of the company’s ferries to the rival firm DFDS Seaways. The sale is expected to be completed tomorrow, when MyFerryLink will also cease operations.