DFDS loses English Channel freight due to tighter competition

The Danish ferry operator and logistics company notes reduced freight volumes, attributed to factors such as increased competition on the English Channel between Dover and Calais.

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During August, DFDS saw its total cargo volumes decrease against the same period of 2021. Ferry passenger numbers, however, more than quadrupled relative to Covid-19-stricken 2021.

Freight volumes slid by 5.2% to 3.129 million lane meters from roughly 3.3 million lane meters, attributed to less cargo in the Baltic Sea region and the Strait of Dover. On the other hand, freight volumes are up across all other regions.

More rivalry on Dover-Calais

”Channel volumes were lower than in 2021 because of decline on the Strait of Dover partly due to decreased total volumes, and partly on account of added capacity from a third ferry operator. Baltic Sea volumes were lower than in 2021 resulting from the war in Ukraine,” DFDS writes in a statement.

Although the number of ferry passengers grew more than fourfold to 693,000, equating to 82% of the 2019 level before the coronavirus pandemic impacted traffic.

Measured over the past 12 months, passengers totaled 3 million against 700,000 year-over-year.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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