EPHESUS SEAWAYS is DFDS’s biggest freighter yet on its Turkey-EU service over Trieste, with space for 6,700 lane/metres of cargo. The rail link (Trieste-Ghent) on the rail-ro service to Scandinavia can now cater for non-liftable trailers
“We are extremely proud to present this new ferry to our customers," said EVP Peder Gellert, Head of DFDS Ferry Division at the christening ceremony in Istanbul. "With space for 6,700 lane metres of cargo, our customers, the Turkish and European logistics companies, can look forward to greater capacity."
On its maiden voyage, the ferry sailed to Trieste with a full complement of 460 trailers.
The ferry is the first of an order of six from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard and will be deployed in DFDS’ route network. It was reflagged under the Turkish flag, and renamed EPHESUS SEAWAYS in accordance with DFDS’ principle of naming its Mediterranean ships after UNESCO heritage sites in Turkey.
"The second of the new mega freight ferries will also join our Turkish fleet when it arrives in late spring," said Selçuk Boztepe, Senior Vice President of DFDS in the Mediterranean.
The new freight ferries are each equipped with three independent stern ramps and internal ramps, making it possible to load and unload trailers quickly and efficiently. “This means that the freight ferries can be discharged and loaded in record time to enable efficient and reliable transport, to the benefit of the many logistics operators we service in Turkey as well as in the EU, and to the benefit of industries as well,” said Boztepe.
In a separate but linked development, DFDS has announced the rail link between Trieste and Ghent, for onward sailings to Gothenburg, can now cater for non-craneable trailers, greatly expanding the market capture possibilities, since ordinary road trailers make up around 90% of the trailer population in Europe.
Sam De Wilde, Managing Director or DFDS Seawways NV in Belgium, told WorldCargo News that DFDS’s rail freight partner on the route, CFL, is using the Nikrasa system. This was developed by Uhly Maschinentechnik several years ago and is widely used by TX Logistik on several routes.
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 have started up with five rail connections per week,” said Jens Juel, Head of Strategic Sales, Ferry Division.