DFDS Seaways boosts Dover-Calais freight capacity with former MyFerryLink vessels

Danish operator DFDS Seaways is boosting freight capacity on its Dover-Calais ferry service with the relaunch of two former MyFerryLink vessels this month.

The two ships, which now sport the DFDS livery, have been fully refurbished and rebadged the Côte des Dunes and the Côte des Flandres. The Côte des Dunes has resumed sailings this week with the Côte des Flandres relaunching its Dover-Calais service on 22 February.

FTA welcomed the ship's return this week.

Chris Yarsley, FTA’s EU affairs manager, said: “The relaunch of these ships on the Dover-Calais route shows the continuing demand for that route by freight operators as the quickest, shortest and cheapest route, despite the frequent delays experienced at Calais and Dover.”

The transfer of both ships, formerly known as the Rodin and Berlioz, to DFDS from former owner Eurotunnel was delayed last summer, when striking French MyFerryLink workers occupied both ships to protest the planned redundancy of 600 staff following Eurotunnel’s enforced decision to close its MyFerryLink business.

The occupation was called off after DFDS struck a deal with French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies and protesters in September last year, pledging to employ 202 former MyFerryLink workers.

The Danish ferry operator had planned to return both boats to the Dover-Calais route by December last year.

Commercialmotor.com understands the relaunch was delayed because of the extent of the refurbishment needed following the occupation.

The two new additions will see DFDS operate a total of six ferries out of Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, respectively, with three ferries on each route.

Malo Seaways, a chartered ship, which currently sails alongside Calais Seaways on the Dover-Calais service, will be returned to its owner.

The addition of the two ships will see DFDS operate 30 sailings a day between Dover and Calais and a total of 54 daily sailings two the two French ports.

DFDS said both ships will provide high quality facilities for commercial drivers, including showers, a restaurant and a quiet lounge area.