The Port of Felixstowe and DFDS have agreed to increase Ro-Ro capacity at the UK port by over 40% through investment in a new link-span, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities
Commenting on the move, 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 link-span capable of handling the latest generation of Ro-Ro vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied Ro-Ro traffic.”
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. We are very excited about this investment which allows 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.”
Clemence Cheng added:
“This investment is driven by our long-term confidence in the Ro-Ro route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam. We are seeing increasing interest in both Ro-Ro and short sea container connections at all three of our UK ports as shippers seek to minimise risks to their supply chains resulting from Brexit.”