A 63 per cent increase in freight volumes on the Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes in the second quarter of 2016 has helped DFDS register a positive financial performance for the first half of the year.
The growth, which has been achieved following the introduction of two new ships on the Dover-Calais service, is the strongest recorded in the companys history. With the introduction of the Cotes des Dunes and Cote de Flandres to the route during the spring the ferry company now offers greater flexibility, reliability and choice for its freight customers.
The business provides up to 54 daily sailings on its two routes to France and recorded record freight volumes in March 2016, carrying more than 110,000 vehicles on the Dover routes for the first time. It launched a dedicated online booking service for freight, simplifying the booking process and making it possible for operators to track shipments and view real-time departure and arrival information.
Wayne Bullen, freight sales director for DFDS on the Channel, said: Weve invested heavily in improving capacity and enhancing both the booking and travel experience for our freight customers on the English Channel routes. Our new Dover-Calais ships allow us to offer higher frequency and more choice for our customers and were delighted to see the significant volume growth achieved as a result.
Were also seeing the benefits of our new and improved terminal at Dunkirk. Traffic flow has been improved to allow for faster discharge and loading at the port, which helps us better utilize the ships capacity and ensures we keep shipments on track for our customers. This is a strong performance across both routes that reflects the hard work and customer-focused approach of the whole team here.
Freight drivers benefit from their own dedicated services on board when travelling with DFDS, including private lounges, the Road Kings restaurant, and free shower and Wifi facilities.
DFDS provides shipping and logistics services to more than 8,000 freight customers across its 30 route network, including 11 UK routes.