Ferries in place for DFDS’ new Ireland – France freight route

Along with the chartered ferries Visby and Kerry, Optima Seaways will be ready to welcome lorries and their drivers on the new Rosslare – Dunkerque freight route. From 2 January, the route will enable customers to keep their freight transport within the EU and avoid the customs formalities that will apply to transport passing via the UK.

Yesterday we were able to show pictures of the new DFDS office and check-in facilities in Rosslare for our new Rosslare – Dunkerque freight route, which will start operating from Rosslare on 2 January.

“I am extremely pleased to present the three freight ferries that will soon be welcoming our customers’ lorries and their drivers. The three ships are Visby, Kerry and Optima Seaways,” says Aidan Coffey, Route Director.

“Visby and Kerry are chartered ships, including crews, and Optima Seaways is our own ferry, which currently operates between Sweden and Lithuania. A warm thank you to our Baltic colleagues and the Karlshamn-Klaipeda route for helping us with this.”

All three ships are proven and efficient freight ferries with capacity for up to 120 trucks and trailers, and drivers. The drivers will all be comfortably accommodated in their own COVID-19 safe cabins during the crossing.”

There will be six weekly departures from each port. The first departure will be on Saturday 2 January from Rosslare. Sailing time will be just under 24 hours.

“I am very grateful for the positive response to the news about the route, and the interest we have experienced among our customers who appreciate the opportunity to avoid the customs procedures, extra costs and waiting time that will be necessary for transport via the UK land bridge. Also, 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.”

Kell Robdrup has been leading the work to establish the route that will eventually be part of BU Channel.

Built 2001 at Cantiere Navale Visentini, Italian flag
Length 186.50 m
Breadth 25.60 m
Draft 6.50 m
Speed 23 knots
Cargo capacity: 2,030 lane metres
80 cabins with 288 beds, all with private facilities
Max. cargo height 5.10 m

Built 2003 at the Guangzhou Shipyard Int. in China
Length 196.00 m
Breadth 25.67 m
Draught 6.40 m
Speed 26
Cargo capacity: 1,800 lane metres
92 cabins, all with private facilities
Cargo height up to 5 metres

Optima Seaways
Built 1999, Italy, Lithuanian flag
Length 186 m
Breadth 25.60 m
Draught 6.50 m
Speed 22
Cargo capacity 2,115 m lane metres
80 passenger cabins, all with private facilities
Cargo height up to 5.00 m

December 16, 2020