December 09 / 2020
DFDS Opens Direct Ireland – France Ferry Route
On 2 January 2021, DFDS will commence sailings on a new freight ferry route between Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland and Dunkerque in Northern France. The route will be serviced by three ferries, each with a capacity for up to 125 lorries and their drivers in Covid-19 safe single cabins. There will be six weekly departures from each port, either in the afternoon or evening, with a crossing time of 23 h 45 min. Remains in EU’s single market and customs union “We are extremely pleased to offer customers in the Republic of Ireland the opportunity to transport their goods directly to or from other EU countries without the customs formalities and possible waiting times that the end of the Brexit transition period will bring about for road haulage passing through the UK,” says Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division. Driver friendly and close to major destinations Upon arrival in Dunkerque or Rosslare, the drivers will be fully rested and can continue driving immediately and be able to reach many major destinations within their legal driving limit. In addition to this, the sea voyage will reduce the dependency on the UK land bridge and open direct opportunities for trade within EU’s single market. Great cooperation The new line will create jobs and activities in Rosslare and Cork, where DFDS will be represented by new offices, and in Dunkerque. In Ireland, the route will be led by Aidan Coffey as Route Director, Darren Mooney as Sales & Customer Service Director and Declan Cleary as Freight Sales Manager Ireland. “We are extremely grateful for the support we have experienced from the Port of Rosslare and the Port of Dunkerque. Their flexibility, professionalism and our excellent cooperation has enabled us to be ready with this service before the end of the transition period at the end of the year. We are confident that this service will benefit customers on both sides of the route,” says Kell Robdrup, SVP and Head of DFDS’ North Sea freight services.