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DFDS pulls out of Rosyth-Zeebrugge service

The ferry operator is cancelling forthwith its loss-making ro-ro freighter service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge

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A fire on board FINLANDIA SEAWAYS, during which a seaman was badly injured, has evidently proved the last straw for DFDS.

 

Kell Robdrup, senior vice president of DFDS’s route connecting to the southern part of the North Sea, said the loss of the ship would bring about further losses on the route and make it impossible to turn around the route’s loss-making situation.

 

“Therefore we have no alternative but to close the route as we undoubtedly will lose clients who will be forced to seek alternative solutions for their transport.”

 

Apologising to customers, he said that in tandem with the Scottish Government and port, the firm had “tried everything in our power” to save the route.

 

The service was last saved in November 2014 following intervention by Holyrood House. Forth Ports undertook substantial investments, including new paving to support the load of double-stacked cassettes.

 

Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports, said: “We are of course very disappointed that DFDS has closed the Rosyth/Zeebrugge freight ferry service. The service has a long history at Rosyth, operating since 2002, but has faced a number of challenges over the years. We are concerned for the welfare of the injured crew member and we wish him a speedy recovery."

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