The DFDS newbuildings

Six new mega freight ferries

DFDS is preparing for future growth with the construction of six new mega freight ferries (ro-ros) at the Jinling Shipyard in China. The first one was delivered to DFDS on 31 January 2019 and will be entering into service between Turkey and the EU during March to accommodate an increasing demand for volume capacity from logistics companies.

With a load capacity of 6,700 lane metres, it can accommodate 450 trailers. It has a length of 237.4m and will be by far the largest in DFDS’ fleet. The freight ferries are each equipped with a unique ramp system with three independent stern ramps and internal ramps on each side of the freight ferries, making them able to load and unload trailers quickly and efficiently. This will reduce time in port considerably.

Due to the large capacity, the six freight ferries’ energy consumption per trailer transported will be significantly decreased. The ferries will all be equipped with scrubbers to reduce sulphur oxide and to be prepared for the global sulphur limit regulation which takes effect from January 2020.

To follow the construction of the first ferry from first steel-cut to sea trial click here.

Two new combined freight and passenger ferries

DFDS continues to modernise and increase its fleet to be prepared for our customers’ future needs and demands and in February 2018, DFDS signed a contract for the delivery of two large ro-pax ferries from the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China. Ro-pax ferries are combined freight and passenger ferries, and the 230m vessels will each have a capacity of 4,500 lane metres and will be able to carry 600 passengers. The ferries will be delivered from the yard during the first and second half of 2021 respectively and are intended for one of our services between Klaipeda and Germany or Sweden.

One chartered combined freight and passenger ferry

The Channel is a big and important market, where five million passengers, one million cars and 1.2 million trucks travel between Dover – Calais and Dover – Dunkerque every year on DFDS ferries. To meet the demands of our customers, DFDS has decided to deploy a new combined freight and passenger ferry (ro-pax) especially designed for our services from 2021. The ship will be built in Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. DFDS will charter the ship and operate it for 10 years with an option to buy it after that.

Six new freight ferries

237.4 metres long

6,700 lane metres – 450 trailers

21 knots service speed

Two first for our Mediterranean routes

Two freight and passenger ferries

230 metres long

4,500 lane metres – 270 trailers

600 passengers

23 knots service speed

To be deployed on the Baltic routes

One chartered freight and passenger ferry

214 metres long

3,100 lane metres – 160 trailers

1,000 passengers

18.5 knots service speed

To be deployed on the Channel routes

  • January 2019

  • May 2019

    Second freight ferry delivered

    This ferry will be entering into service between Turkey and the EU.

  • Q4 2019

    Expected delivery of the third freight ferry

  • Q4 2019

    Expected delivery of the fourth freight ferry

  • Q1 2020

    Expected delivery of the fifth freight ferry

  • Q4 2020

    Expected delivery of the sixth freight ferry

  • Q1 2021

    Expected delivery of the first combined freight and passenger ferry from the GSI Shipyard

    This ferry is expected to enter into service on the Baltic routes.

  • Q2 2021

    Expected delivery of the chartered combined freight and passenger ferry

    This ferry is expected to enter into service on the Channel routes.

  • Q3 2021

    Expected delivery of the second combined freight and passenger ferry from the GSI Shipyard

    This ferry is expected to enter into service on the Baltic routes.