DFDS investerar för framtiden med nya Volvo FH-lastbilar

DFDS uppgraderar sin fordonspark med 57 nya Volvo FH-lastbilar. Med förbättrad bränsleeffektivitet och förarsäkerhet kommer de nya lastbilarna att hjälpa oss att optimera logistikflödena och minska vägtrafikens miljöpåverkan. 

Volvo FH matchar DFDS topprioriteringar

Vår långvariga relation med Volvo Trucks fortsätter med investeringen av 57 nya Volvo FH-lastbilar. Bränsleeffektivitet, förarsäkerhet och minskade utsläpp är våra högsta prioriteringar och en av anledningarna till investeringen. De nya lastbilarna kommer att användas för regional transport i Sverige.

Spara bränsle och minska utsläppen

Under åren har DFDS fattat strategiska beslut att investera i lastbilar med de högsta Euro-klassmotorerna för att minska avgasutsläppen och säkerställa optimal säkerhet och effektivitet. Volvo FH - motorn möter Euro 6-reglering och utnyttjar den tillgängliga energin till fullo i varje steg.

De nya Volvo FH-lastbilarna kommer att drivas av HVO, en biodiesel tillverkad av 100 procent förnybara råvaror. Att kombinera HVO med de låga utsläppen från Volvo Lastvagnars Euro 6-motorer minskar bränsleförbrukningen och utsläppen kraftigt. Genom att uppgradera flottan med de nya lastbilarna minskar vi vår bränsleförbrukning med 40 000 liter per år.

Förbättrar förarupplevelsen och säkerheten

Volvo FH-lastbilarna är konstruerade för att vara säkra och bekväma över långa sträckor. Dynamisk styrning hjälper förarna att undvika slirning och oavsiktliga körbyten. Förare kan ställa in rattinställningarna eller använda fjärrstyrningskontroll.

En investering för framtiden

”Det är fantastiskt att återigen samarbeta med Volvo Trucks på resan mot mer hållbara vägtransporter. Den nya investeringen kommer att stödja DFDS att hålla sig till utsläppsregleringen och samtidigt förbättra bränsleeffektiviteten och förarsäkerheten, säger Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President & Head of Logistics Division.

Johan Selvén, försäljningsdirektör på Volvo Trucks Sweden, säger: ”Vi är mycket nöjda med den här affären med DFDS. Vi har optimerat våra Volvo FH-lastbilar för dessa rutter med till exempel mindre motorer och ett större fokus på aerodynamik. Det ger DFDS en mer hållbar och effektiv lösning, inklusive servicemarknaden. Liknande motorer och optimering av alla lastbilar leder till lägre bränsleförbrukning och mindre miljöpåverkan. ”

DFDS lanserar ny ensamkommande godstjänst från Sheerness till Calais

The service will start on 1st June and will offer one daily sailing in each direction between the two ports.

It will be operated by the Gothia Seaways, which can carry up to 165 unaccompanied freight units (trailers or containers without drivers).

The port of Sheerness, part of Peel Ports’ London Medway cluster, is located in northern Kent and operates 24 hours a day and is fully open/accessible seven days a week. This flexibility offers our customers congestion free access to drop and collect trailers, with no standage charges applied for the first 48 hours. The port benefits from close proximity to the M25 orbital ring (approx. 40km closer to the M25 than Dover), which is ideal for goods heading to the London area and the Midlands.

The new route expands our existing network of services between the UK and Europe and comes in response to growing demand for unaccompanied freight services.

It is the latest in a series of investments we are making to improve our services. A brand-new freight and passenger ship, the Cote d’Opale will join our Dover to Calais route in July this year, increasing capacity on the route and enhancing the passenger experience onboard its fleet.

Wayne Bullen, Freight Sales Director, said: “We’re really pleased to be adding a new unaccompanied freight service to the extensive route network that DFDS already offers. Sheerness benefits from excellent road links with a close proximity to the M25 orbital ring, which is ideal for goods heading to the London area and the Midlands”.

“Sheerness promises to be a superb ‘partner port’, with an ambitious plan to grow its services over the next decade. We also continue to cement our partnership with the port of Calais and are excited to be expanding our services to the port as it marks the fulfilment of its multi-million-pound expansion project”.

“Launching a new route at this time is a strong indication of our commitment to our customers, our confidence in the popularity of DFDS services and an investment that will help to boost both the UK and French economies. It aligns with our business strategy, helping us to expand our freight network and offer solutions that help our customers, communities and our own business to grow.”

Jean-Marc Puissesseau, Chairman, Port of Calais, said: “We are very proud that DFDS, first RoRo operator in Europe, chose the port of Calais to propose its new unaccompanied route to the UK. It is a clear sign of confidence in the ability of the port to create value for our clients. This new service will perfectly fit with the rail motorways in operation in Calais coming from Italy, Spain and southern France”.

Richard Goffin, Port Director, London Medway said: “We’re delighted to welcome a new unaccompanied freight service from DFDS. This is the first ferry service since Olau Line ceased operating in 1994. Over the past year, we have Brexit-proofed a number of our ports, including London Medway, increasing resiliency to handle additional cargo to help reduce delays and maximise efficiencies for customers to provide a more attractive proposition and UK entry point over other southern ports. Our strategic location provides proximity to market benefits, and we are continuing to drive forward with planned investment in our people, processes and technology, creating further opportunities for our customers through diversification, as well as the creation of up to 100 direct and indirect local jobs.”

The combination of challenges posed by Brexit and Covid-19, has exposed drivers and haulage companies to vulnerabilities in supply chains worldwide. This has resulted in many cargo owners and carriers re-assessing their transport plans and choosing different ports, different shipping methods, and switching transport modes in order to preserve supply chains. Given current restrictions surrounding international travel, stricter border controls and COVID-19 threats, one of the most standout benefits is that by using driverless methods, the risk of delays associated to those particular challenges is reduced.

“Our dedicated RoRo facilities can accommodate unaccompanied freight, providing a huge opportunity for RoRo operators to gain uncongested access to London and the South East easily through London Medway, saving on steaming time. The announcement of this new service is indicative of this shift and the growing demand for unaccompanied freight services to support market changes and adapt to the changing demands of cargo owners, haulers and shipping lines alike.”

“This new service will exploit capacity partly enabled by resilience funding from the Department of Transport (DfT) in 2019.”

Nybyggnad för Baltikum snart redo för sjöprov

A lot is happening at Guangzhou Shipyard International in China where our new combined freight and passenger ferry for the Baltic Sea is being built. On Friday 19 March, another milestone was reached as the inclining test was successfully carried out.

Steen Haurum, Site Manager, says: “An inclining test’s purpose is to establish the vessel’s centre of gravity. Since this is a crucial parameter when calculating stability, it is of course important that the value is accurate, which is why the vessel must be almost finished. This means that the hull must be finalized, and all major equipment installed.

Steen adds, “With the inclining test completed and interior well underway, we now we have another huge task ahead: commissioning of all onboard systems and finalization of the 230-metre-long ferry including sea trials”.

Impressions of the interior design 

The ferry will have capacity for 600 passengers and 270 trailers. Passengers can choose between standard and deluxe cabins.  Two new cabin types have been introduced – allergy friendly and family cabins. The 120 m² onboard shop is three times bigger than on current Baltic vessels.

Drivers can also look forward to their own buffet-restaurant with a lounge area, as the Road Kings brand is re-introduced on our Baltic Routes.

While the final look and feel is still months ahead, the interior design is already taking great shape. The first ship is expected to be completed in the second half of the summer.

Close to sea trials 
Captain Mindaugas Nosavičius, Mechanic Arvydas Maksimavičius and Second Mechanic Mantas Jokšas have left Lithuania and are currently on their way to the shipyard.

Captain Nosavičius, says: “One of the goals for this trip is to get acquainted with the ferry’s machinery, equipment and technology. We’llalso take part in the extensive sea trials which, if all goes well, should take place in the middle of April and last several days. These trials test speed, manoeuvrability, equipment and safety features.“

The trip to China is a challenge in itself. They will have to do eight Covid-19 tests and 21 days isolation in China.

They are planning to stay until mid-May and will be replaced by Captain Vytautas Valteras, Chief Mechanic Pavel Chandogin and Second Mechanic David Viršila.

Frågor och svar med Steve Newbery om Côte d'Opale

Côte d’Opale is our upcoming combined passenger and freight ferry that is destined for the Channel. It is currently under construction at the AVIC WEIHAI SHIPYARD CO LTD in China. With the launch getting closer, we thought we would catch up with our Onboard Commercial Director, Steve Newbery, to find out more about this ship which will be setting sail with us this summer.

What are you most excited about for the new Côte d’Opale ship? 

I’m excited about the impact it will make to our customers. With additional freight capacityspacious interior restaurants, ny Duty Free shop and relaxation areas, it will be a fantastic shjagp for both our freight and leisure customers.

What makes this different to the Calais Seaways which she is replacing? 

De Côte d'Opale is much longer in length. In fact, it will be the longest ship on the channel, meaning freight capacity will be significantly improved. Plus, there will be plenty of room to relax, have a bite to eat and take in the sea air on deck. De Côte d'Opale has half the number of engines as Calais Seaways so will be much more environmentally friendly with improvements in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions compared to the Calais Seaways. She will also offer a very smooth crossing with her active stabilisation.

What can passengers expect to find onboard? 

De Côte d'Opale will have the largest Duty Free retail space on the channel with 1100 square metres.  Our onboard shop will offer Duty Free savings of up to 50% on a range of premium perfumes, wines, spirits and more! 

It will also offer a choice of three restaurants with various dishes, some inspired by the Côte d'Opale region itself.  

As our ferries run 24 hours a day, there will also be dedicated spaces onboard for passengers to relax. Our Premium Lounge will offer an exclusive, laid back space for passengers to spend a peaceful crossing with scenic sea views and complimentary refreshments. But I think everyone will notice the relaxing space onboard available to enjoy the journey.  

Not forgetting our freight drivers, the Road Kings lounge will offer complimentary dining, showers and a place for drivers to rest.  It will be the largest Road Kings and provide everything our valued drivers need to relax and refresh.  

Describe the Côte d’Opale in three words. 

Spacious, modern och exciting.

When will the Côte d’Opale set sail? 

Than Côte d'Opale will set sail this summer, just in time for those long-awaited summer holidays, and all than DFDS Channel team look forward to welcoming her.   

Steve Newbery