New direct DFDS Ireland – EU route
The new route will offer customers in the Republic of Ireland and on the Continent the opportunity to transport their goods directly to or from other EU countries without customs formalities, additional costs and possible waiting times.
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 ropax ferries, each with a capacity for up to 125 lorries and their drivers in single cabins.
There will be six weekly departures from each port, with a crossing time of 24 hours.
“We are extremely pleased to offer customers in the Republic of Ireland and on the Continent the opportunity to transport their goods directly to or from other EU countries without the customs formalities, additional costs 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 the Ferry Division.
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.
“For the vast Irish export to continental Europe – e.g. the Agri export worth ~€ 5 Billion per year together with other high value and time sensitive commodities – the direct sea link will reduce the dependency on the UK land bridge and subsequent border crossings” says Peder Gellert.
To establish and develop strong, direct relations with the customers, DFDS offices will be opened in both Rosslare and Cork in Ireland. In France, the new service will be represented by our existing Dunkerque organisation.
From the Republic of Ireland, the route will be managed by Aidan Coffey as Route Director and Darren Mooney as Sales & Customer Service Director supported by Freight Sales Manager Declan Cleary from our Channel organisation
“Please join me in welcoming these new colleagues to DFDS. With their vast experience and DFDS’ position in the freight market, I am confident we have created a winning formula,” says Peder Gellert.
“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. Based on his experience with the Irish market, he is leading the work to establish the route and make sure it comes to a good start.
The route will eventually be part of BU Channel’s network to which accompanied traffics in the Channel and the Port of Dunkerque belong.