Entries by Andreas

Uniting and strengthening Group HR

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the merger of HR and Training & Development into one department under the name of Group HR, headed by Vice President Kasper Damgaard. Kasper shares an update on the new united department. “This new department offers so many exciting challenges, and I am very humble, yet enthusiastic, in […]

Project Grimsby Fresh – update

In March we published an article about the newly-launched Project Grimsby Fresh, which focused on optimising processes and making the fresh fish business in Grimsby more profitable. Since then the local management has conducted an extensive review of the business together with Strategy & Consulting (S&C). There has been a positive transition which has made […]

Valuable Volvo visit in China

Morgan Olausson, Vice President of BU North Sea North, recently had the pleasure of attending a valuable strategic meeting in China with David Pansinger, Vice President of Logistics Asia Pacific, and Lars Krafft, Industrial Strategy Director from Volvo Cars in Sweden. The five-day visit included a presentation of our mega vessels which are currently under […]

DFDS Peterborough wins major tender

DFDS Peterborough has recently won a tender for the UK distribution of frozen vegetable products on behalf of Greenyard Frozen Foods UK. Greenyard is a global market leader in the supply of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables. Counting Europe’s leading retailers amongst its customer base, Greenyard provides efficient and sustainable solutions to customers […]

Surprises for our junior guests this high season

The busy summer holiday period is here, and on the Channel our colleagues are welcoming a large number of guests, including families with children. “It is a pleasure meeting thousands of holidaymakers who have chosen DFDS to be part of their annual summer holiday, and we are really looking forward to welcoming our guests to […]

Time for celebration: First mega-ship launched in Jinling

We have some fantastic news about the progress of our new mega-ships being constructed in Jinling. Senior Project Manager Jens Peter Baltsersen has reported that the first Jinling vessel was launched into the Yangtze River on 16 July. Before launching, the vessels top coat was applied as shown on the picture, which made it look […]

BU Med – integration meetings continue in France

Even though it is summer and holiday time, our integration work is progressing at full speed. Colleagues from BU Med was busy last week when EVP Peder Gellert, SVP of BU Med Selçuk Boztepe and several colleagues met in Marseilles and Toulon with various stakeholders including partners, local ports, stevedores and agencies. First stop was […]

Changes in the Bunkers Department

Technical Organisation and the Bunkers Department are happy to introduce a new and optimised bunkers care team to ensure there is always the correct quantity and quality of bunkers on board our vessels. Martin Fuglsang Knudsen joined the team on 1 July 2018 from a position as a bunkers and cargo surveyor at Saybolt Denmark […]

Customer experience workshop in Kiel

On 3 and 4 July, Gary Andrews and Peter Hoogendoorn (Business Development & Strategy) facilitated a workshop in Kiel to address and identify business needs to significantly improve the check-in and boarding experience on our Baltic routes. “Different insight and experience with customer service is very valuable for us, which is why we had all […]

IT and Digital launch video to attract new colleagues

As we reported in June, we are looking for IT developers at DFDS and has begun a campaign to attract the best of them for our digital development. In this video, some of our IT developers give their insight on how it is working for DFDS as well as what they would like their new colleagues […]

Technical problems in Port of Newhaven

Last Sunday, Seven Sisters was unable to dock in Port of Newhaven due to technical problems with the port docking mechanism. “We had no other option than to turn Seven Sisters around and go back to Dieppe, which unfortunately meant that our customers had to see their destination get smaller and smaller. The guests were […]

Great teamwork at Gothenburg RoRo

The Swedish national football team wasn’t the only Swedish team dressed in their kit to secure success last Tuesday. In order for Petunia Seaways to depart with the planned car load, everyone at the terminal discovered their inner team spirit and helped each other get the job done, just in time to make sure that […]

Management change in Rotterdam

Mikael Mortensen, MD of DFDS shipping agency and terminal location in Vlaardingen, has decided to leave DFDS. After 10 years with DFDS, the last seven in Tallinn, Dieppe, and from 2015 in Rotterdam, Mikael Mortensen is moving back to Denmark with his family to settle in Jutland, where unfortunately DFDS has no positions available. “I […]

Busy integration week in Istanbul crowned with boat tour

A boat trip and a seafood dinner in a restaurant on the shores of the beautiful and lively Strait of Bosporus was the crown on a very busy week in Istanbul. It was Peder Gellert’s reward to the many colleagues gathered in BU Mediterranean’s headquarters in Istanbul to work on the integration that is really […]

Management meets customers and founders of U.N. Ro-Ro

As previous articles have indicated, it is currently full steam ahead in Istanbul. BU Mediterranean Management and Peder Gellert had a busy week, including meetings with BU management and key customers. “We enjoyed meeting Çetin Nuhoğlu, Chairman of International Transporters’ Association (UND) and three board members who are all customers of BU Mediterranean. UND is both […]

Karlshamn sets course for their third consecutive record

In March 2017, the ship-shore initiative was implemented for terminals to continuously reduce ships’ time in ports to gain more time at sea, thereby lowering fuel consumption. Karlshamn has recently beaten its own record two months in a row, in April and May. Before the ship-shore initiative, Karlshamn was already dispatching ships with minutes to […]

DFDS campaign to recruit IT developers

It comes as no surprise to us that we lack IT developers at DFDS, but as an article in the respected Danish shipping news magazine Shippingwatch demonstrates, it may be less obvious to the rest of the world. “We employ 250 people in our IT department and have many digital experts, but the world may […]

Group HR and Training & Development to become one

We have decided to merge Group HR and Training & Development into one department under the name of Group HR. This is a logical move, as the departments both deal with people: recruiting, onboarding, training and motivating people etc. Responsibility for the new department will be placed on the shoulders of VP Kasper Damgaard. We […]

IJmuiden Contact Centre study trip to Newcastle

Last week, six colleagues from the Contact Centre in IJmuiden went on a nice three-day trip to Newcastle. The purpose of this study trip was mainly to increase knowledge about the on-board facilities. “We started the trip with a guided tour of King Seaways, including a bridge visit accompanied by Captain Ingimar Tór Thomsen. It […]

Full steam ahead to becoming ‘One DFDS’

Greetings from sunny Istanbul. It’s my pleasure to write from the newly-formed Business Unit Mediterranean out of Istanbul, where we look forward to hosting many of our new colleagues from DFDS. From the first day when we met with the DFDS management team for the transaction, followed by the integration kick-off meeting in Copenhagen and […]

Accelerate our sales performance

Why are some sales people more successful than others? And what can you do to become an even better sales professional, maximise your results and attain your goals more effectively? These are questions which we hope you will find answers to in our new e-learning tool, Accelerate. To Move for All to Grow and provide […]

Fresh shots from Jinling Shipyard

Following last week’s update from Jinling Shipyard, we received these great pictures showing how the yard has been busy closing the gap in the hull after installation of major components like the main engines. The ship is fast approaching the time when she is launched into the waters of the famous Yangtze River that runs […]

Valuable meetings in Gothenburg on digital developments

DFDS’ sales and customer services are increasingly going digital and if we and our customers are to obtain the full benefit of this, we need to base our digital initiatives on our customers’ challenges and pains as well as our own requirements. Therefore, Sean Potter, the Shipping Division’s Digital & IT Officer, arranged meetings and workshops […]