DFDS is to expand and improve its route between Norway, Belgium and Immingham. Currently, the weekly service is operated by side port/container vessel Lysbris Seaways, which mainly carries paper and containers with various types of cargo.
The larger Findlandia Seaways, a roll-on roll-off vessel, will take it over, with a third Norwegian port of Brevik added to the schedule.
A spokesman said: “This means that, in addition to containers and paper, DFDS will be able to offer sea transport for Ro-Ro cargo such as trailers, self-drives, machinery and a wider variety of project cargo between the hubs.”
“DFDS will add Brevik to the port rotation, in addition to the current Ports of Fredrikstad and Halden. This means that DFDS will be able to offer quick transport solutions from the continent and the UK to both the east and west shores of Oslofjord. With late-week departures from Zeebrugge and Immingham, and early-week arrivals in Norway, DFDS will offer the market a unique solution for all kinds of goods along the transport corridors.”
It will launch in February, calling at Zeebrugge on Thursday, leaving Friday, turning round in Immingham on the Saturday, before the Norwegian calls on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Findlandia has a gross tonnage of 11,530, compared to Lysbris’ 7,409. She is more than 30m longer too, and 2.5 wider.
It is a return to service for Finlandia, following a substantial engine room fire that saw her out of service for several months, while operating the Rosyth to Zeebrugge route. She was towed to Immingham for discharge following the incident back in April. DFDS closed the route following the incident, 11 miles off Lowestoft.
The company has recently committed to expanding its footprint in Immingham, with a keen eye on what Brexit border controls could bring, as well as strong growth as witnessed in the wider port.