Some of you celebrate Christmas, and some celebrate New Year’s Eve as the highlight of the winter season. Whether you are one or the other, you have a time before you to enjoy and to focus entirely on your family and friends and on resting after a busy and challenging year.
And it has been a busy year for sure. Throughout our network at sea and ashore, you have been very busy serving our customers and continuously improving the way we work. At the same time, preparations for Brexit (that will take place with no deal in only three months if no agreement has been reached between the EU and the UK before then) have taken up resources and time.
However, being busy is usually a sign of a dynamic and growing business. This is exactly the case for DFDS and we can look back at a fantastic year.
In January Alphatrans joined us and in June, UN Ro-Ro and 500 new colleagues joined us along with many new customers of the company.
And today, as we report in a separate article, we have agreed with major Turkish transport company Ekol Logistics to significantly expand our cooperation. This will add considerable volume to our Mediterranean business and further enable us to support Turkish and EU industries and forwarders in growing their businesses.
Luckily, we have capacity for this in our new mega ro-ros from Jinling, and two of those newbuildings will be added to the Istanbul – Trieste service. On the Bridge, you have been able to follow the construction of the first of our new ships in two Chinese yards – representing an order of a total of nine ships and the biggest capacity on order ever seen at DFDS. A big thank you to all those who were involved in securing this new customer contract and to those who manage and control the construction work.
Our colleagues in Logistics have been just as busy, still working on the integration of previously acquired companies and the signing of an agreement with Birdseye, which adds considerable extra business to our operation in the UK.
There is much more which deserves to be mentioned. However, for now I will limit myself to reminding everyone that we must also thank all those of our colleagues at sea and ashore who will not be able to enjoy the holidays at home as they are committed to keeping the wheels turning and ships sailing – and to servicing our customers.
A big thank you to all of you for doing your part in making this another great year for DFDS and giving us confidence in our ability to make 2019 another year where we move for all to grow.
On behalf of me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee,
December 21, 2018