The Port of Felixstowe and leading Danish ferry operator DFDS have agreed to increase ro-ro capacity at the port by over 40% through investment in a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, said: “As well as being the UK’s largest container port, Felixstowe is also a key gateway for ro-ro trade with Europe. Demand on DFDS’s service to Rotterdam has been growing steadily for a number of years and we are delighted to have agreed a new contract with them to secure the service at Felixstowe for another 15 years.
“The new contract includes a significant investment by Hutchison Ports replacing one of our existing ro-ro bridges with a modern floating linkspan capable of handling the latest generation of vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied traffic.
“This investment is driven by our long-term confidence in the route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam. We are seeing increasing interest in ro-ro and short sea container connections at all three of our UK ports [Thamesport, Harwich] as shippers seek to minimise risks to their supply chains resulting from Brexit.”
Niels Smedegaard, CEO & President of DFDS, said: “We are very happy to continue our excellent relation with the Port of Felixstowe and their ro-ro staff. This investment will allow us to further enhance the high level of customer service that is expected by our clients. It is also a further step in our striving to provide necessary capacity to continue supporting our customers’ trade and business, even in a possible post-Brexit world.”