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Regarding the Newcastle to IJmuiden route, a couple of FACTS

1. DFDS has publicly stated that the route is performing well

2. There are live plans to bring in replacement tonnage

This was all discussed at the "capital markets day" presentation just last month!

https://www.dfds.com/en/about/investors/capital-markets-day

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An interesting read. I note that they view Newcastle-Amsterdam as a 'ro-pax +' route, as opposed to Copenhagen-Oslo which is seen as a 'cruise' route. This would seem to suggest some kind of enhanced ro-pax vessels for the future, rather than cruise-ferries, though I also note that they are considering 'different renewal models' which presumably means if the right vessels become available somewhere, they might acquire them?

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7 hours ago, Ryan_H said:

An interesting read. I note that they view Newcastle-Amsterdam as a 'ro-pax +' route, as opposed to Copenhagen-Oslo which is seen as a 'cruise' route. This would seem to suggest some kind of enhanced ro-pax vessels for the future, rather than cruise-ferries, though I also note that they are considering 'different renewal models' which presumably means if the right vessels become available somewhere, they might acquire them?

The route has strong freight trade as well as the passenger trade, so what would traditionally be called a “cruise ferry” wouldn’t be suitable.  Lack of vehicle space is already an issue and they are looking to grow the route.  There’s nothing wrong with a Ro-Pax - even Brittany Ferries are rather fond of them these days!!!

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The future (sadly) is ro-pax.

Judging by the video, DFDS are looking to replace the vessels soon as we already presume, but that is very much ongoing.

It is all speculation but good to see some positivity regarding their vision for Newc-Ij. It would seem crazy for them to close down a very profitable, successful route.

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New ships on Newcastle Ijmuiden from early next year, press release below - 

New Amsterdam-Newcastle Ferries To Create More Value For Passengers And Freight Customers

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DFDS has entered into an agreement with Moby to acquire the two ro-pax ferries MOBY WONDER and MOBY AKI, for the purpose of raising the customer experience and the capacity for both passengers and freight customers on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. The ferries are built in 2001 and 2005, respectively.
 
Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle — KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS, built in 1987 and 1986, respectively.
 
“The new ferries are ideally suited for our Amsterdam-Newcastle route. Their modern onboard facilities and higher car-deck capacity will allow us to grow revenue by fulfilling the growing demand from high-yield car passengers. To freight customers, we will be able to offer increased capacity that can remain constant throughout the year”, says Peder Gellert Pedersen, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division. 
 
The agreement is expected to be completed in the second half of October 2019. DFDS will subsequently bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways from Moby until January and February 2020, respectively.
 
Meanwhile, the acquired ferries from Moby will be refurbished to suit the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. This includes commercial and technical investments on board as well as port investments. The refurbished ferries are expected to be deployed on Amsterdam-Newcastle during the first quarter of 2020.    
 
The freight capacity will increase around 40% on a full-year basis. The car capacity will increase around 5% on a full-year basis supported by a cabin configuration that is well suited to the requirements of holiday-makers travelling by car.
 
In 2018, Amsterdam-Newcastle carried more than 600,000 passengers, 122,000 passenger vehicles and 350,000 lane metres of freight.
 
The capacity increase will provide an opportunity to accommodate further growth in trade and travel, including a large tourism flow, between UK and Continental Europe.
 
Renewal supports WIN23 strategy and ambitions
In June 2019, DFDS launched the WIN23 strategy driven by four strategic pillars. The renewal of Amsterdam-Newcastle is a key part of the fourth pillar: Creating more value for passengers.
 
“I’m very pleased to already be able tick off an important milestone of our WIN23 strategy. We now have a strong set-up to continue to grow the route”, says Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS.
 
Revised outlook 2019
 
The expected completion in October 2019 of the sale of the two ferries is estimated to entail an accounting profit of around DKK 100m to be recognised under Special items in Q4 2019. The full-year outlook for Special items is thus increased to
DKK 70m from previously DKK -30m.  
 
The investment in the renewal, including proceeds from the sale of Princess Seaways and King Seaways, is expected to amount to around DKK 1.0bn of which DKK 650m is expected to be paid in 2019. The remaining DKK 350m is expected to be paid in 2020. The investment includes a substantial investment in refurbishment.
 
The investment outlook for 2019 is therefore changed to around DKK 3.4bn from previously DKK 2.8bn.

(Press release DFDS)
 
 
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MOBY WONDER  

Built 2001 by Daewoo
LOA 174m
GT 36,093
Pax 1880 (1190 in cabins)
Lane metres 1950
Cars 665
 
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MOBY AKI

Built 2005 by Fincantieri
LOA 175m
GT 36,400
Pax 2080
Lane metres 1950
Cars 710
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Good looking futuristic ships too with plenty of a panahromic forward facing windows. Will be very interesting to see what plans they have for onboard facilities.

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3 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

Hopefully they will get a thorough refurbishment. 

They will.  Spending 1bn DKK in total after the proceeds from selling Princess and King are taken into account

 

 

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11 minutes ago, tarbyonline said:

They will.  Spending 1bn DKK in total after the proceeds from selling Princess and King are taken into account

 

 

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As previously posted, DFDS have been looking at replacing the tonnage on the route for a while.  Finally the deal has been done.  Tidily it also solves the problem of what to do with the displaced tonnage

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A positive move from DFDS, and finally a vote of confidence in North Sea passenger provision.

I’m slightly confused about what the plans are for the current Newcastle pair - on one hand it talks about the sale of them, and on the other it talks about bareboat charter.  Is the idea that the charter precedes the sale?

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Just now, Gareth said:

A positive move from DFDS, and finally a vote of confidence in North Sea passenger provision.

I’m slightly confused about what the plans are for the current Newcastle pair - on one hand it talks about the sale of them, and on the other it talks about bareboat charter.  Is the idea that the charter precedes the sale?

I think they sell them now then charter them back until the new vessels are delivered once refurbished. Ed. 

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This is good news, I think the plan is to hand over the Peter Pans as part of the payment with DFDS chartering them back until Aki & Wonder are ready.

Looking forward to sailing on these two.

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I remember Silja Line chartering back Finlandia and Silva Regina before selling them to make way for Serenade and Symphony so something like that. Although in that case their were no vessel swaps with Stena Line and DFDS who bought the 1980s built Silja pair. 

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Interesting news.... is the deck space strictly limited to the top of the ship and a little bit near the lifeboats?

 

Now contemplating a possible final sailing on the King and Princess.

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57 minutes ago, Gareth said:

A positive move from DFDS, and finally a vote of confidence in North Sea passenger provision.

I’m slightly confused about what the plans are for the current Newcastle pair - on one hand it talks about the sale of them, and on the other it talks about bareboat charter.  Is the idea that the charter precedes the sale?

Its a sale with a temporary charter back so they don't leave the route until the "new" ships are ready for service.

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Reckon it’ll take a couple of coats to paint over the old livery though. 

Great news for the route, though I had been hoping for a new build. That said this looks like a commercially sustainable option.

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They will have to really upgrade these ships and the refurbishment will have to reflect Northern European tastes.  Current decor and furnishings are quite basic and cabins are nothing special.  Also outside deck space good for daytime sailings in the med, a little less suitable for the North Sea when crossings start at 5pm.

I don’t see the outside pool being used, somehow.  But an interesting move which if done properly may prove a wise one.

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The open deck right at the top of the ship is unsuitable for a North Sea vessel. One of the strong points of the King/Princess is the various deck space on port/starboard and stern of ship.

This move has come quicker than expected, surprised all and caught a few off guard. My feelings are mixed.

2 distinctly Mediterranean vessels on the North Sea? hmmm... 

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11 minutes ago, Hampshire said:

They will have to really upgrade these ships and the refurbishment will have to reflect Northern European tastes.  Current decor and furnishings are quite basic and cabins are nothing special.  Also outside deck space good for daytime sailings in the med, a little less suitable for the North Sea when crossings start at 5pm.

I don’t see the outside pool being used, somehow.  But an interesting move which if done properly may prove a wise one.

Decor isn't basic as such but fits a particular style which is cheerful in nature. I doubt much in the way of soft furnishings will survive. The cabins are of a good standard designed originally by the same people who did Stena's standard cabin so shares the lower double bed idea.

They are nice ships and its good to see the cruise aspect retained. I've got a farewell trip booked on the Wonder the week after next so it'll be interesting to see what condition she's being left in as Moby will have been winding things down for a few months now.

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