Entries by Toyah Hunting

Can ships run on nutshells?

Fuel tanks at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre  DFDS invested in the start-up biofuel company MASH Energy in 2019 because we want to replace fossil fuels with sustainable ones. B11 blend biofuel now ready to be tested at our partner’s Alfa Laval’s facility in Aalborg, Denmark. We invested in the start-up biofuel company […]

When in doubt, ask customers

Technology & Innovation asked customers why they weren’t using MyFreight, our only Brexit-compliant freight booking tool. We used their answers to improve the tool and help customers transition in time for the new year. MyFreight is our only Brexit-compliant booking tool for freight customers. But something was stopping customers from using it.   To avoid messy bookings, delays and frustration after 31 December 2020, we had to figure […]

New mops save drinking water

Reducing our environmental footprint means looking at everything we do. It all counts, even mops for cleaning floors. A new type of mop used by our cleaning services supplier Eurest saves thousands of litres of water every year, is better to work with ergonomically and ensures cleaner surfaces. The i-mop is a new kind of […]

Project: Zero emission Oslo ferry

An illustration of the hydrogen-powered ferry that DFDS and its partners aim to develop.   DFDS and its partners have applied for EU support for development of a ferry powered by electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell which only emits water. Green hydrogen is to be produced by a projected offshore wind energy-powered electrolyser plant […]

150 years in 45 minutes

CEO Torben Carlsen recently guested the Danish business podcast ‘Millionærklubben’. Hear his reflections on how DFDS has navigated through 150 years of ups and downs, what drives us as a company, our handling of Brexit and Covid-19 and what steering DFDS through challenging times requires: Go to podcast (in Danish)

4 things you need to know 

HR Director Nordic and Baltics Karolina Landin and CSR Director Sofie Hebeltoft provide a guide to what to do if the “How we deal with each other part” of the Code of Conduct is violated: How we engage with each other has a big impact on our work environment and company culture. The DFDS Code of Conduct details what […]

Customers flocked to Brexit webinar 

DFDS webinar on new UK border rules drew 400 people. The format works well, helps us get in dialogue with customers and helps us pinpoint what kind of information they need from us. Last week, B2B Marketing and the Immingham office hosted a webinar on the new UK border control rules. Andrew Byrne, Managing Director in Immingham, Richard Ballantyne, a Chief Executive at British […]

Successful launch of new ro-pax

The second of our new combined ferry for the Baltics was launched at the Guangzhou Shipyard on 13 November Friday the 13th is considered a unlucky day in Western superstition. Fortunately this is not the case in China. So despite of the date we were confident that the launch of our second ro-pax newbuilding for […]

What Brexit means for passengers

Customers can now find up-to-date guidance on travelling to and from the UK after 31 December. Web, email, blog and FAQs updated. With the transition period for the UK leaving the EU coming to an end on 31 December, it is important to communicate to our customers the impact this will have on travel. “The […]

The Channel is ready for Brexit

“We now know that we can move goods from the UK into the continent, end to end from Dover to Calais. This week’s internal test of all Channel processes, signage and infrastructure proved that we have all the necessary systems in place, and we know how to operate them,” says Vice President and Head of DFDS’ BU Channel Filip Hermann.“  Practicing, step […]

Diversity has changed the EMT

A diverse company is a solid company, and we aim to have at least 30% female colleagues in DFDS by 2023. The issue of diversity and inclusion was high on the agenda at this year’s Management Conference and the result was both concrete initiatives to increase the share of women as well as pledges from […]

10,000 tons less CO2 with a coat of paint

We will reduce emissions by 45 % from 2008 to 2030 through upgrades to existing vessels. New hull coating on four of our new Jinling vessels is expected to reduce our annual C02 emissions by 10,000 tons. DFDS’ short-term climate plan is about improving what we have in order to reduce emissions by 45% by […]

“Keep your business moving”

Marketing launches campaign to let customers know that wherever they are in their Brexit preparations, DFDS can help keep their business moving. “Customers need to know that DFDS is prepared for Brexit and and ready to help them,” says Kenneth Tange, Head of B2B Marketing at DFDS. “We are now launching a campaign to inform customers about how we can keep […]

Complex needs, sound solutions

Our customers want sustainable and relevant solutions to their complex supply chain challenges. That’s why we’ve created the new Business Unit Industries and Client Engagement (ICE): to give large customers the certainty that when they talk to DFDS, they get a unified, solid, flexible and relevant solution and transport partner. The BU focuses on the […]

“The right thing to do”

Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, Chief People Officer, took part in a global panel debate on The Future CEO – a role that is changing due to more focus on environment, diversity – and Covid-19. See link below. Every year, global shipping’s eyes rest on Denmark during October when the Danish Maritime Days event gather leaders and top […]

Brexit: what’s in place

Come 1 January, cargo moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo Customs formalities and border control. At DFDS, we’ve been planning for these consequences of Brexit for years. Here’s an overview of the people, systems and processes we have in place to help customers with their Customs needs. It’s long, but […]

Employee Survey results

More than 750 of you from 15 countries and many vessels took part in our recent Employee Survey, on the consequences of Covid-19 on you personally and on DFDS. The results show that 80% feel safe working onsite and from home, but that 75% are worried about the consequences of the pandemic. Local management will […]

How we deal with each other

Last week, we introduced the Updated Code of Conduct at the Management Conference 2020. One of its three focus areas is how to deal with each other with dignity and respect, both virtually and face to face: we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. The Updated Code of Conduct describes how we […]

DFDS Direct campaign results

DFDS Direct campaign reached 450K+ potential customers and 100+ customers signed up to use the platform – thanks to you! Back in August, DFDS Logistics and Marketing launched a 5-week campaign to promote DFDS Direct on social media and through emails to existing customers. It went better than expected, largely thanks to the DFDS colleagues who supported […]

Diversity makes us stronger

Last week, 200 managers worked on concrete ways of making DFDS even more diverse and inclusive, at this year’s Management Conference. Our differences make us stronger and in Covid-19 times, it is more important than ever to have and foster an inclusive work-environment, for us all to strive, grow and not feel isolated. “Striving for […]

Ask me how I’m doing

25% of us will struggle with our mental health at some point. Do one thing this week to find out how a colleague is doing. Being open about our physical health comes naturally to many of us. If you see a colleague with a broken leg, you ask about it. Yet our mental health can […]

Vlaardingen goes paperless

Vlaardingen has introduced digital document handling via tablets, to reduce physical contact and unnecessary paper handling. Covid-19 has forced us all to rethink procedures to reduce unnecessary physical contact. In Vlaardingen, they have introduced digital document handling. They now receive packing lists and notices of dangerous goods by e-mail and use tablets for administrative processes at […]

Updated Code of Conduct

Easy-to-use guide detailing what how we should act towards each other, the environment and the outside world. “How we engage with each other has a big impact on our work environment and company culture. DFDS must be a company built on trust, respect and equality and we rely on each other to create and sustain […]

The UK has left the EU

Dfds.com updated with new information on UK trade rules following the UK’s exit from the EU. The UK has left the EU, with the transition period ending 31 December, 2020. After this date, cargo moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control. “Brexit hasn’t gotten a lot […]