Karlshamn prepares for the new ferry

The vision picture shows the port of Karlshamn after the expansion of the ferry port. Picture from Port of Karlshamn.

230-meter-long, a load capacity of 4,500 lane meter and 600 passengers. These are some of the specifications that make our two upcoming freight and passenger ferries from Guangzhou in China the largest of their type to have regularly operated the Baltic Sea. In summer 2021, the first ferry will be set in service and the Port of Karlshamn are already preparing for the arrival with a major investment of SEK 156million.

Per-Henrik Persson, Route Director in Karlshamn, says: “The Port is currently undergoing extensive construction of berths with extra capacity and 30-meter-wide ramps that are required to accommodate this large ferry. When the project is completed, the port will have three ferry berths, two of which have capacity for the new ferries”

“Every day, we follow the construction progress while working hard to operate the daily traffic without disruption despite dredgers, construction barges and other things in the same harbor basin. However, our colleagues in Karlshamn and on board the ships are taking this with great spirit and we are eagerly counting the days till the new ferry arrives in the Baltic network for the first time”

Maria Franksen new MD of Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal

Maria Franksen

The Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal has found its new Managing Director. From 1 November 2020 the position will be filled by Maria Franksen, an international businesswoman with a mountain of experience in the supply chain business, which the terminal is there to serve.

Maria’s career in the supply chain industry began as a forklift driver   in a warehouse in the port during her studies, and this taught her an important lesson: Nearly everything is related to supply chain. This took her to Volvo Logistics and a 20-year long management career in various Volvo companies. She continued her career as a Supply Chain Director and Production Manager at Stena Steel and, finally, as National Warehouse Manager at Carlsberg Sverige from 2018 – and now she joins Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal.

“I get energy from seeing people develop and from being able to do things better and together, and I look very much forward to getting to know my new colleagues at Gothenburg Ro-Ro and working with all the terminal’s many stakeholders,” Maria says.

Morgan Olausson, Vice President and Head of Business Unit BU North Sea North, says: “With her strong leadership skills, her vast experience of supply chain operations and cooperation with customers and unions, I believe she will be exactly the right person to bring the Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal forward towards excellence and ensure that the company stays a key terminal in the trade from and to Sweden. And, not least, a good workplace that provides many jobs.”

“I warmly welcome Maria to DFDS and hope you will all join me in giving her a good start in her new job.”

Fire in trailers in Gothenburg

*This article was published on 24 June. Updated with comments from MD Björn Wånge and pictures*

On Wednesday 24 June, a fire broke out in a trailer at the Gothenburg Terminal in Sweden.

Björn Wånge, Managing Director, says: “The fire started at around 16.00 CET and quickly spread to adjacent trailers, in the end destroying a total of 18 trailers. Luckily, no persons were injured. The fire brigade was at site from 16.00-02.00, however they had the fire under full control when I left at around 23.00. “

“The cooperation between DFDS and APM Terminals was very good, and they all handled the fire with good discipline and according to the checklist and established routines. The management would like to extend a thank you to the involved colleagues for well done work in connection with the fire” says Björn.

“All customers and employees have been informed. Now we will start to remove trailers and clean the surfaces, but first I want to ensure that the insurance surveyors have the information they need. There will be no further investigation according to the police.”

Challenging situation in the Gothenburg Terminal

The Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal will be hit by loss of business during the Covid-19 crisis. As the trade union, in contrast to other employees in Sweden, refuses to go on leave based on the Swedish Short- Time Work Allowance, management has no alternative to starting negotiations on staff reductions to bring the terminal through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal in Sweden will also be hit by a Covid-19 reduction in volumes. However, the terminal’s management team is facing a challenging situation as the negotiations about the Short- Time Work Allowance failed.

“Both Sweden, the terminal and our many customers are in an extremely difficult situation. To mitigate the consequences for us and our customers, and to bring the terminal safely through the crisis, we have had a dialogue with our trade union Transportarbetarförbundet in order to temporarily adjust staff in the terminal to the lower workload and at the same time maintain the flexibility of staffing we need to serve ships that depend on weather and wind,” says Björn Wånge, Managing Director of Gothenburg Ro-Ro.

Paid short-term leave in accordance with the Swedish Short- Time Work Allowance has been positively received by employees of many Swedish companies and is seen as an opportunity to jointly help companies and workplaces through the crisis, without permanently damaging the company and employment. Employees get more than 90% of their salary during the leave.

“However, in spite of long negotiations, we failed to reach an agreement on temporary leave for our workers. Therefore, we see no other option than to begin negotiations for termination due to shortage of work. It is a very sad situation, which I regret very much, but we are simply left without any alternatives,” says Björn.

Swedish logistics hauliers meet with DFDS

In Gothenburg, 16 haulier companies and other partners in Sweden met with DFDS to share knowledge and work together to serve customers.


It is very important to remain close with haulier companies and other partners that we work with in Logistics. For this reason, 16 hauliers, planners and self-billing partners were invited to a lunch meeting on 29 January at Arken Hotel in Gothenburg.

More than just a good meal in great company, the meeting aimed to ensure that our partners remain informed about what we are doing and also to ensure that we discuss developments together.

Mathias Dahlström, Managing Director of Sweden, spoke of DFDS in general, the DFDS Way and our Swedish Logistics organisation. “The meeting sparked discussions about how we can do even better together and what practical challenges we expect to face because of Brexit, including customs clearance. It was encouraging for everyone to hear how prepared we are and to get details about what we have done.”

Alice Rrucaj and Simon Allen from PrimeRevenue were also invited to speak about the benefits of early payments, which several of the participating hauliers spoke highly about.

Haulage Procurement Manager in Logistics Sweden, Anneli Hellgren, says: “We spent three enjoyable hours together, and though the busy times prevented everybody from being there, we appreciate the great support. We expect and hope that more hauliers will join in with PrimeRevenue and early payments, as it makes lives easier for both parties, since they get paid for services much quicker, and it also streamlines things for us.”

New pink labels make a difference

Logistics Contracts in Gothenburg made a colour change in labels for goods arriving and supported the fight against breast cancer with donations to Pink Ribbon. From left: Cristopher Fagerlund, Malin Malmhage and Victor Nilsson have been part of the project to improve the visibility of the special labels while supporting the Pink Ribbon campaign.


If you want something to be noticed, consider making it pink. This was one of the thoughts behind a simple but effective change in labels for goods arriving at Logistics Contracts in Gothenburg.

A task force was recently established to find improvements for labelling arriving goods. The idea of changing the colour from casual white was one of the actions that came out of the first meeting. The new colour was to be pink and the test batch happened to be delivered in October, appropriately enough, given the Pink Ribbon campaign running through the month.

Victor Nilsson, Group Manager for Export in Customer Service, says: “We saw this as an opportunity to do something good, both for operational purposes and for charity, so we took to fundraising in order to raise awareness of the Pink Ribbon campaign. In two whole working days (22 and 23 October) we donated an amount for every arriving shipment, which were all given the pink labels to announce the campaign.”

Victor adds: “We cannot say the reason we ended up with pink for this test among all the other colours, but maybe it’s to do with the historical meaning. According to the Pink Ribbon it’s a symbol of awareness and support. These are also key factors for our search for development and improvement every day.”

In case you wonder how you can contribute to cancer research, please find a local charity to donate to and help us spread the word.

Open port day in Karlshamn

This year the Port of Karlshamn is celebrating its centenary and to acknowledge that, the port arranged an open port day for the public on 19 October.

Most companies within the port participated by inviting the public to their respective sites to showcase who they are and what they do. At DFDS we are very proud of our ferries, so visitors were naturally invited to visit Patria Seaways. On board, visitors could play golf and take a quiz to win prizes. For those who were interested, we also arranged excursions to visit the bridge where the Captain and officers answered questions about the vessel and operations.

The tourist office in Klaipėda had a stand and informed visitors how best to spend their holiday in Lithuania. You could also hop on a bike and take a virtual cycling tour to get a taste of places to see in Klaipėda.

For the children’s amusement, Jack the Pirate had brought his treasure chest full of gold to share with them and handed out pretend pirate tattoos, sweets and balloons.

Johan Stegerö, Freight Department Manager, says: “It was a rather challenging event as we only had a three-hour window between completion of discharge and commencing of loading. Rigging all equipment, bringing people on board for the event, and afterwards preparing to start loading became even more challenging as another hour was lost due to the delayed arrival time of the vessel.

However, meticulous pre-planning of the event by our colleagues Anastasia Plyusova-Binders and Anna Szelberg and great teamwork by the rest of our colleagues and crew on board our vessel made sure that we pulled it off! And after completion of loading, the vessel departed almost 30 minutes ahead of schedule.”

Karlshamn improves check-in for customers

Johan Stegerö, Freight Manager, says: “All self-service kiosks at the gate in Karlshamn have been updated to accept both QR codes and bar codes. This means drivers who need to drop off or pick up trailers can use the DFDS Freight Terminals app to check if units are available and then scan the QR code to pass the gate instead of typing the release number manually.

“The same functionality is implemented in the gates for accompanied traffic, meaning regardless of having a freight booking in Phoenix or a passenger booking in Seabook, the gate may be passed by scanning the code from the various apps, or printed tickets.

“Solutions like these are really win-win for everyone. The drivers and passengers can check in a lot faster and we ensure an even smoother operation at the terminal during peak hours.

The feedback on this new function has been good. We always strive to make it easier for our customers to operate at our terminal so it is great to see that customer service improvements like this are well received.”

The self-service kiosks at the gate in Karlshamn 

Freesia back from Remontowa Shiprepair Yard

Freesia Seaways in Gothenburg, Sweden

All flowers need careful tending in order to blossom, and that applies to flowers made of metal as well. Last Sunday, one of our six flower vessels, Freesia Seaways, came back from a 12-day dry-dock stay at the Remontowa Shiprepair Yard in Gdańsk, Poland.

Superintendent Albert Lars-Olof says: “In addition to the usual maintenance of the machinery and systems, a hull inspection including cleaning and repairing was carried out, to make Freesia sail more smoothly through the water and to save fuel. She was also rebranded with the modern DFDS logo.”

Martin Larsson, Traffic Manager in Gothenburg, has just shared some amazing drone photos of a fully-loaded Freesia back in business, just arriving outside Gothenburg Terminal.

Swedish minister visits Port of Karlshamn

Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, on the floor informing about investments and future plans

Last Friday, Tomas Eneroth, the Swedish Minister for infrastructure, visited the Port of Karlshamn and met with representatives for haulage companies and drivers. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the current situation, with everything from legislation to current and upcoming challenges and opportunities with electrification, autonomous cars and trucks, alternative fuel types etc.
Among the participants were the CEO of Port of Karlshamn, the chairman of the board of Port of Karlshamn and the city’s mayor.

Johan Stegerö, Freight Manager, says: “It was interesting to hear the minister’s thoughts and insight regarding investments on a national level, future plans and his thoughts on the lack of domestic drivers and the need to make the transport industry more attractive. In relation to this there were some follow-up comments in the Q&A about how to secure jobs and haulage domestically rather than foreign hauliers performing domestic traffic. The minister also commented that the investments by Stena Line and others is well in line with the government’s wish to move more transport from land to sea.”

CEO of Port of Karlshamn provided insight into the port’s operations and its various businesses, where DFDS’ development and investment for the massive newbuildings was mentioned.

Spring race in Gothenburg with enthusiastic DFDS attendance and sponsorship

The Spring race in Gothenburg was well-attended by female DFDS employees from several divisions, and the participating men from DFDS made sure that the runners had food and drink.


On May 8, 62 participants from all DFDS divisions in Gothenburg participated in a race for women called “Vårruset” (spring race) in central Gothenburg. It is a 5-kilometre race, and you can choose to run, power walk or just take a slow stroll while talking to your colleagues and friends. In that way everyone can participate in five kilometres of joy! The race is organised to sponsor the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund, an important organisation that works to ensure that affected children, teens and their families receive the care and support they need.

The Spring race takes place in 21 cities around Sweden from Malmö to Luleå. DFDS sponsored the race in Gothenburg and had an event at the finish line for all the participants from DFDS. The ladies ran or walked, and the DFDS gentlemen prepared the barbecue in our DFDS tent. The event was highly appreciated by all the employees, and it was amazing to join Ferry, Logistics, the Gothenburg ro-ro terminal, Contracts and Services at the same event.

Niklas Andersson, Vice President, Logistics & Head of Nordic; Mathias Dahlström, Director Sweden International, and Henrik Ageflod, General Manager, Logistics Services – by the grill preparing all the food for the hungry runners.

“For me, our purpose ‘We move for all to grow’ partly means that we are a good employer and that we take care of our people. Initiatives such as this one make that visible and substantial,” says Niklas.

Morgan Olausson, Vice President, BU North Sea North, took care of the bar and handed out much needed refreshments to the thirsty participants.

Some of the participating runners next to the DFDS tents.

Martin Larsson celebrates 50th birthday

Last Friday, Martin Larsson, traffic manager, celebrated his 50th birthday with his family. Today, Monday 13 May, it was his colleagues’ turn to congratulate him and celebrate in the Ferry Division’s office in Gothenburg.

“Martin has been with us for more than 25 years, and I wasn’t surprised to see that captains from three vessels joined the celebration as he is extremely well known and respected for his great work planning operations for the vessels,” says Per Nordvang, operations director and Martin’s manager. “Martin always keeps a cool head, even when things don’t go as planned. With his capabilities, experience and knowledge of our operations, he is an extremely valued member of our team. And in addition to this he has a great personality, so we all look forward to working with Martin for many years to come. We wish him all the best and a very happy birthday.”

Thank you to Per Nordvang for sending the picture through. The editors also congratulate Martin warmly on his birthday and wish him all the best for the future – and look forward to continuing to get stories and news from him about our Gothenburg operation.

DFDS enters long term agreement with Stora Enso and opens new route

DFDS to transport 700,000 tons of paper annually for paper producer Stora Enso on a new route between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. DFDS will acquire two freight ferries for the service. The contract runs for a minimum of five years. DFDS will increase weekly departures between Sweden and Belgium from 8 to 12.

DFDS and Stora Enso have today entered into a 5-year agreement to annually carry around 700,000 tons of paper and board products between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. Stora Enso has options to extend the agreement with three years.

Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. Stora Enso has annual sales of
EUR 10.5bn and 26,000 employees.

“We are very pleased to expand our cooperation with Stora Enso and look forward to supporting their growth through an efficient and flexible route operation. We likewise look forward to offer the transport market additional capacity and services between Sweden and Belgium”, says Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President, DFDS Group, and Head of Ferry Division.

To accommodate the volumes of the agreement, DFDS will open a route between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge which is extending the service frequency between Sweden and Belgium from 8 to 12 weekly departures.

The new route will be operated by three freight ferries. Two freight ferries — Slingeborg and Schieborg — will be acquired from third party owners for DKK 270m, and one will be transferred from the Gothenburg-Ghent route, that currently deploys four freight ferries..

The route is expected to open Mid-June

DFDS attends Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference

DFDS attends Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference

In line with the World Maritime Day theme for 2019 “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took the opportunity to raise awareness of gender equality and highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

Currently women only represent 2% of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers and 94% of female seafarers work in the cruise industry. Our colleagues, Maria Anagnostou, Commercial Fleet Operator, and Karen Baurdoux, Business Controller, represented DFDS and attended the Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference at the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Maria says: “The conference in general was very inspirational. Women from around the world gathered and shared their passion for working in the maritime business and their interest in one common base – the sea.

“I had the opportunity to talk and listen to attendees who came from all over the world and were working on board vessels in different positions, including chief engineer, chief officer on an offshore drilling vessel, directors of ports and tug masters.

“Some of them also shared the challenges they have faced over time to achieve something they believe is their fundamental right to work in the field they have chosen and the desire to be treated as a professional.

“We are always looking for more data to analyse the trends and needs in order to become more inclusive and diverse in DFDS and this conference was also great as benchmark and inspiration for new input and ideas in relation to our own work with gender diversity at DFDS,” says Karen. She is on DFDS’ Gender Diversity Steering Committee.

Women interested in the sea can read more here:

A great mixture of people attended the conference, with presentations on how to achieve equality and diversity and what benefits can be achieved by companies which work towards being more diverse and inclusive.


One sales cooperation for the Belgium – Sweden corridor

The Belgian-Swedish Ferry and Logistics teams met in Gothenburg to introduce One Sales initiatives for the Belgium-Sweden transport corridor

DFDS aims to improve sales through the so-called One Sales concept, in which colleagues from the Ferry Division and Logistics Division team up to improve and gain new business through a joint approach. “By doing it together, and visiting customers where this approach is relevant together, there will only be one point of contact with a customer, and we can reap the benefits of our combined experiences, capabilities and knowledge about industries and markets. We can even suggest solutions that are automatically coordinated as they include both ferry and logistics services,” says David Forsberg, Sales Director of the Ferry Division in Gothenburg.

Geert Liefhooghe, Managing Director of the Logistics Division in Belgium, says: “We already had some One Sales meetings between divisions in Belgium to combine our forces, define our approach to One Sales and to set up a model and a One Sales presentation that we could use for joint customer visits.

“In March during a visit to the Logistics office in Gothenburg, together with Lars Eriksson – Sales Manager of the Logistics Division in Sweden – we concluded that it would be worthwhile joining up with the Swedish and Belgian Ferry and Logistics organisations. The Swedish organisation were the first to roll out the One Sales concept – to see how we can help each other to become more successful in the Belgium – Sweden transport corridor and extend One Sales cooperation across borders. We decided to set up an SOP with a clear account team according to the expectations of the customers and the conditions for customer selection,” he says.

Cross-border workshops continue in Sweden: Logistics and Ferry cooperation stronger than ever

Gothenburg, 27 March: Another successful workshop was held for Logistics and Ferry management teams. Niklas Andersson, VP and Head of Logistics for Nordic and Continental Business Units, seen giving a presentation with Karolina Landin, Head of HR, Nordics & Baltics.


On 27 March, Gothenburg hosted a cross-divisional and cross-border workshop with around 40 participants from the Logistics and Ferry management teams. This is part of an initiative started last year to increase cooperation between divisions and to find and exploit the major unutilised synergies by working better together.

Morgan Olausson, VP, BU North Sea North, and Niklas Andersson, VP and Head of Logistics for Nordic and Continental Business Units, are strong supporters of this direction. “By sharing knowledge and experience, working closer together and acting as one undivided DFDS towards more customers and markets, we can find opportunities we didn’t see before and work much more efficiently,” says Niklas.

Everyone engaged in energetic discussions and knowledge sharing and contributed to making the workshop very successful. Next step will be to put together concrete activities or to start a joint project. In June there will be a conference to follow up and continue the good work.

“This is an ongoing teamwork and I am confident we can accomplish much more together in this extended management team,” Niklas adds.

Port of Karlshamn now a gated terminal

The newly-activated gates at Karlshamn, also showing the trailer gates in the background

On 13 March, our colleagues working at Port of Karlshamn were able to direct our customers through the newly-activated gates at the terminal. All the gates originally went live last November, but start-up issues temporarily postponed the launch of the gate.

Johan Stegerö, Freight Manager, says: “Integrating our own IT systems Phoenix and Seabook with the port´s Gate Operating System and Terminal Operating System proved something of a challenge, as they all need to exchange information about the gate and lane management system in order to function properly; for example, to correctly assign a certain vehicle type to a specific lane.

“Furthermore, after a challenging implementation, we suddenly had a busy time ahead of us as the go-live dates were fixed. Our IT department made extraordinary efforts to supply us with the last bits and pieces, including required developments. They even worked on our project while in Turkey for job interviews. With great teamwork, we got the gates running smoothly, and we are now proud to present a gated Port of Karlshamn, providing additional safety and care for our customers’ units.

“Special credit goes to the team at ESB, which has been instrumental in making this possible.”

The very first T/T passing through the activated gates at Karlshamn at 10:00 on 19 November

DFDS Logistics meets future employees at Yrgo Vocational College

DFDS took part in the informal mingle at Yrgo in Gothenburg, joined by around 30 companies and 100 students, to tell the students about our company and answer questions from the prospective trainees. Pictured is Sara Stenström, Truck Planner, Logistics – Sweden.


On 13 March the Logistics Division in Sweden participated at an exhibition for logistics and forwarding students at Yrgo Vocational College in Gothenburg, an institution from which we have hired many skilled young professionals.

“DFDS needs to be an attractive employer to be able to recruit the stars of the future, and Employer Branding is an area that we have prioritised this year within Logistics in Sweden,” says Mathias Dahlström, Director Sweden International.

Earlier in the week Logistics visited classes to present our company to the students, keeping their awareness of DFDS and what we do at a high level and staying interesting to the students.

“There was a remarkable interest for DFDS in general and the students asked a lot of questions, all my business cards where handed out and I had a lot of them with me,” says Örjan Bråten (right), Business & Operations Manager, Logistics – Sweden – Full Load & Automotive Desk.

Torben Carlsen at annual Shippax conference with a DFDS team

The executive panel at the Shippax Ferry conference (from left): moderator Frederik Erdmann, Shippax; Janette Bell (CEO P&O Ferries); Torben Carlsen; Mark Collins (President and CEO of BC Ferries in Canada); Emanuele Grimaldi (MD of the Grimaldi Group); and Tallink Grupp board member Harri Hanschmidt.

The annual Shippax Ferry conference, which usually takes place on board a ferry, is a two-day global gathering of ferry companies, executives, experts, authorities and media for sharing views and experiences on current trends, future challenges and developments in the industry.

This year’s conference took place from 12-14 March on Silja Serenade on the Stockholm – Helsinki route and attracted about 500 delegates from all over the world, including the industry’s heavyweights.

Among those were DFDS’ CFO Torben Carlsen, and, as our soon-to-be CEO he had found the right networking forum in the ferry executive debate where he shared the panel with Janette Bell (CEO P&O Ferries), Mark Collins (President and CEO of BC Ferries in Canada), Emanuele Grimaldi (MD of the Grimaldi Group) and Tallink Grupp board member Harri Hanschmidt.

Following moderator Philippe Holthof’s presentation about the performance of the ferry industry, each panellist gave a short presentation. This was then followed by the interactive panel debate, moderated by Philippe and his colleague Frederik Erdmann. Torben talked about DFDS’ developments and about the consolidation perspectives in the ferry industry. He also commented on the tonnage market, which he anticipated will be tougher for tonnage providers in the future due to the current shipbuilding volumes.

In a newbuildings session, DFDS Jesper Aagesen and Finn Wollesen, MD of ship design company Knud E. Hansen, introduced the Ephesus Seaways project. When this year’s conference closed, Jesper invited the delegates to next year’s conference, in which DFDS will be deeply involved as it will take place on Pearl Seaways.

Jesper Hartvig Nielsen and Maria Anagnostou from DFDS’ fleet management department were also among the delegates.

Thank you to George Gianakis and Maria Anagnostou for the pictures.

More information and a detailed programme can be found here: and:

Torben Carlsen gave a presentation about DFDS and his view on the market in his address prior to a panel debate at the Shippax Ferry conference on Silja Serenade


The executive panel and moderator Philippe Holthof in the midst of a panel debate about the ferry industry

Peace in Gothenburg: Industrial dispute is over

This is probably the best news, which Björn Wånge, MD of the Gothenburg Ro-Ro terminal has had in a long time: The industrial dispute between the Port Workers Union and Ports of Sweden ended yesterday at 18:00, and the workers are back to work again.

The parties have agreed on new terms, which means they will work according to the collective agreements made with the transport workers union and the Ports of Sweden association. The agreement includes a so-called peace agreement which obliges the parties to refrain from industrial disputes as long as the parties honour the agreement.

“This is really, really good news. Our customers and the terminal have suffered under the many strikes and lockouts that came in response to the strikes, and there was nothing we could do about it locally. We are now back on full capacity and can focus fully on servicing our customers and deliver the services they should be able to expect in a world where time becomes ever more important and delays ever more unacceptable. It is now time to look forward and hope all parties take their responsibility to make Gothenburg RoRo Terminal a truly flexible and efficient terminal that can meet the everyday expectations from our customers,” he says.

New rail service between the Mediterranean and Sweden/Norway

Following the completion of a missing rail link, DFDS now connects Sweden and Norway with Turkey and Southern Europe via efficient and environmentally sound routes that combine ferry and rail services.

From 11 March, trains with trailers and containers from customers throughout Spain and Southern France will arrive at the DFDS terminal in Ghent for sea transport to Gothenburg for the Swedish and Norwegian markets. Or vice versa. This adds a further service to our intermodal links between the Mediterranean and Scandinavia, which will in the future offer the following services:

Spain-Sweden/Norway in 4-5 days
From Barcelona, trailers traveling between Spain and Sweden/Norway can from 11 March transfer between road and rail.
Additionally, the trailers can be transferred in Le Boulou, just north of the Spanish border.
In Ghent, the trailers transfer between rail and the Gothenburg-Ghent ferry service.

Lyon- Sweden/Norway in 4 days
In Lyon, the rail-ship connection links the industrial region in and around Lyon with Sweden and Norway via the Ghent-Gothenburg freight ferry route.

Turkey-Trieste-Sweden/Norway in 8 days
In Trieste, trailers from Turkey are transferred between ship and rail for rail-ship connection via Ghent to Gothenburg

The rail link to Ghent became complete when Ghent was connected directly with the railway hub in Bettembourg where trailers were taken to and from Ghent by road until now. “We will start up with 5 connections per week”, says Jens Juel, Head of Strategic Sales, Ferry Division

Lifting ‘non-craneable trailers’
“For the connection between Trieste and Ghent, a new lifting system enables us to lift any type of trailers onto the trains, including the so-called ‘non – craneable trailers’. This makes things easier for our customers, as there is no need to plan for a specific trailer to benefit from the rail connections”, says Jens.

Several off-the-roads benefits
“There are several benefits for our customers and the general environment in using this intermodal link as it takes a substantial number of trailers off the European roads and reduces congestions. In addition to this, it reduces the need for trucks and drivers at a time where the availability of drivers is low. It has taken the combined efforts of many colleagues to make his happen. A particular thank you goes to Nicola Nelli who has a big stake in this,” says Jens.

Transit times and schedules of shipping routes can be found here.

Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal strike: Notice of Lockout

Sveriges Hamner (Swedish Ports) have given notice of Lockout to Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union). The notice includes salary deduction on free days, ban on overtime, ban on new employees (use of Blixt) outside ordinary working schedules and ban on use of manning company on overtime.

The notice starts on 6 March and is valid until 31 July and does only concern members from Hamnarbetarförbundet.

The notice of Lockout is sanctioned by The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises and the industry.

All Swedish ports are obliged to follow the notice of Lockout.

Below the notices of Strikes that we have received from HF:

  • On Wednesday 27 February, strike notice is for 04.00-06.00
  • Thursday 28 February, strike notice is for 13.00–15.30 + 21.00–23.00
  • Sunday 3 March, strike notice is for 06.00–13.00 + 18.15–22.15
  • Monday 4 March, strike notice is for 04.00–10.00 + 20.00–23.45
  • Tuesday 5 March, strike notice is for 08.00-12.00 + 16.00-20.00

Notice of strikes in Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal continues

The dispute between Sveriges Hamnar (Swedish Ports) and Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement parallel to the one with the Transport Workers Union is still ongoing.

Björn Wånge, Managing Director, says: “Unfortunately the union Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) turned down the mediators’ proposal already on Monday instead of waiting until the stipulated timeframe on Wednesday 20 February at 14.00.
The Swedish Ports have withdrawn all Lockouts for this and next week, meaning that we only have to deal with the strikes. I have now received new notices of strikes for Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal.“

Notice of strikes going forward:

Week 8
On Tuesday 19 February between 13.00-16.00

On Thursday 21 February between 13.00-15.00

On Friday the 22 February between 04.45-08.45

Week 9
On Wednesday 27 February between 04.00-06.00

On Thursday the 28 February 13.00-15.30 and between 21.00-23.00

Further strike warnings for Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal and Karlshamn on February 20, 21 and 22

The dispute between Sveriges Hamnar (Swedish Ports) and Hamnarbetarförbundet (Dock Workers Union) about the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement parallel to the one with the Transport Workers Union is continuing with further strike warnings. The strike situation now looks like this:


The strikes at the Gothenburg Ro-Ro Terminal are (this) set to take place on Sunday 17, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 February (note no warning for Wednesday 20).

  • On Sunday 17 February, strike notice is for 14:00 to 18:00, and as the counter measure is a lock-out, it means that the terminal will be closed for business from 14:00 to midnight.
  • On Monday 18 February, the strike notice is from 4:45 to 8:45, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 4:45 to midnight.
  • On Tuesday 19 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out, it will be closed from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Thursday 21 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 15:00 and with lock-out it will be closed from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Friday 22 February, strike notice is for 04:45 to 08:45 and SH will as a counter measure lockout between 04:45 to midnight.

The gate in Gothenburg RoRo Terminal will however be open, so customers can drop off and pick up cargo.

“We very much regret the effect the strikes have on our customers’ business, and we are working closely with our customers to mitigate the effects, among other things, through daily meetings,” says  Björn Wånge, Managing Director, Gothenburg Ro-Ro


  • On Tuesday 19 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Wednesday 20 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.
  • On Thursday 21 February, strike notice is for 13:00 to 16:00, and with lock-out for workers from dock workers union from 13:00 to midnight.


“Our Karlshamn service will not be closed. The gate will still be open and 2-3 dock workers outside Hamnarbetarförbundet will be working, so we expect to be able to service most customers without them noticing delays,” says Per-Henrik Persson, Route Director.