Jump to content

DFDS 'Côte D’Opale'


Recommended Posts

New DFDS ferry Côte D’Opale will start on Dover-Calais route in 2021

A giant new ferry will criss-cross the Channel in two years. Operator DFDS has announced that the Côte D’Opale will start service on the Dover-Calais in 2021. It will be the longest ship on the Channel with capacity for 1,000 passengers and crew.

The ferry had its first steel plate cut in a ceremony today. It is is being built at the AVIC shipyard in Weihai, China. 

The vessel's name literally means in English, Opal Coast.

It is christened after the entire French coastal area in the Hauts-de-France (Upper France) region covering Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk.

Kasper Moos, Head of short routes and passenger in DFDS said “We have great pleasure in announcing our new ship will be named the Cote D’Opale and the steel cutting marked a very special and exciting time as the ship starts to take shape in the construction process. " The Côte D’Opale will give our passengers a relaxed travel experience with modern food concepts and the largest shopping experience on the channel. "We continue to have a clear focus on our customers and take great pride in continually seeking improvements to ensure those special memorable experiences of travelling with DFDS.’’

1.JPG

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 51
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

this has to be a record for slowest crossing?

DFDS have posted an update on the CDO progress: https://www.dfds.com/en-gb/passenger-ferries/onboard/dover-calais/new-ship

That is so true. In June, July and August, we were loading sometimes up to 400 cars in peak weeks, and some 50/60 lorries. But during the rest of the year, it was packed with freight, and only 20/30 c

Posted Images

1,000 passengers and crew doesn't sound many. Less than half the capacity of the P & O Spirits, I believe. Doesn't look like any significant open air space either. Another ship to avoid, I suspect.

 

I also suspect that it will not be the longest ship on the channel. Longest ferry, maybe, but dwarfed by the length of the Maersk carriers and various VLCCs that are continuously on the channel.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, hf_uk said:

E-by gum, those Flexers get everywhere! :)

And they clearly seem to be growing!  This one apparently longer than all the others that will be in service by then. 🙄

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's only Kent online who've said that it'll be the longest ship, the official pressers state she'll be the longest ferry on the Strait, at 214m she will be.

DFDS don't really compete with P&O on the Dover-Calais service, they're focused on Dunkerque. 

@rogerpatenall is right of course she'll carry 50% of the pax that a Spirit is capable of but I think more importantly DFDS will lower their own pax capacity sailing to Calais by nigh on 50% too. It's the tall HGV's they're going after, you can fit 155 draw bar HGV's on a standard E-flexer or 172 standard HGV's without effecting passenger vehicle capacity.

When P&O launch their proposed 2 new builds they'll run four ships from Dover to Calais. Rumour is they'll be 2m longer than the Spirits, 3200 LM's 1800 Pax. This will reduce their overall passenger capacity from 9000 to 7600 but again drastically increases their ability to haul freight.

Currently there's a capability at Dover to carry nearly 11000 passengers on 7 ships that will drop to 8600 on 5 and by 2022/23 P&O's rotations between Dover & Calais will be fewer by a third too... DFDS' will remain the same.

If you consider the sailing frequency now, 23 times a day for P&O, 15 for DFDS there'll be a lot of passengers heading elsewhere on a daily basis.

...Possibly Dunkerque which could be why DFDS are looking at replacing the 3 Samsung built ships there too.

More E-flexers? Maybe but the original deal with AVIC has only one 214m vessel left and two 240m variants and currently out of the seven berths at Dover only four can handle ferries upto 215m. France's 3rd port, Dunkerque, is planning a large expansion which overall will take 15 years but there's nothing yet to suggest the ferry berths will be extended in the short term.

Edited by jonno
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 10 months later...
  • 3 weeks later...
2 minutes ago, jamie said:

How on earth can that yard churn out those e-flexers so fast and fsg can’t simply deliver a single boat on time?!😳

There’s a documentary that was on Netflix called “American factory “ about a Chinese firm who took over a windscreen factory in Detroit that explains a lot , if you have 10 days holiday a year and work weekends all year then it’s easily done.

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, neilcvx said:

There’s a documentary that was on Netflix called “American factory “ about a Chinese firm who took over a windscreen factory in Detroit that explains a lot , if you have 10 days holiday a year and work weekends all year then it’s easily done.

I’ll try and find that to watch while I’m still at home for furlough.

so far the PlayStation not been touched, not put Dave on tv or even put the world at war box set on 😀😜😅

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 02/05/2020 at 16:53, jamie said:

How on earth did you find that?

i can’t even start to dig around that site as we don’t have a Chinese takeaway in marlow any more😜

Not sure what the relevance of the takeaway is here. Google Translate will help https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwh-shipyard.com%2Fwenzhang.asp%3Fid%3D895%26fbclid%3DIwAR1Y7PP9hkY8M_zDKTZbwg0dRwLnMs5Zgfu48jdzoNQzoFYhN12nv84XeQo

 

5 minutes ago, jamie said:

How on earth can that yard churn out those e-flexers so fast and fsg can’t simply deliver a single boat on time?!😳

The same link as above gives a hint - four months of work was compressed into three. The amount of work doesn't decrease, but the amount of people and working hours you chuck at it gets increased. As Neil alludes to, there's an entirely different working culture at play here.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 5 months later...
  • 1 month later...
  • 1 month later...
On 17/01/2021 at 11:18, jamie said:

The cote d opale is now showing on marine traffic.

 

She is progressing very well, considering she isn't in service until next Summer.

We'll have a sneak peak at the COTE D'OPALE on the NI Ferry Site later this week.  Will share the link here.

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Gareth said:

Hard to see a fully loaded e-flexer being turned around in an hour 8 times a day!

The lower hold is unlikely to see much use.   The challenge is going to be when the separate car deck is required.  The rest of the ship shouldn't prove any different to any other drive through ship at Dover.

Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, RickOShea said:

The lower hold is unlikely to see much use.   The challenge is going to be when the separate car deck is required.  The rest of the ship shouldn't prove any different to any other drive through ship at Dover.

I can't see any reason it would be different to P&O's spirits or DFDS's own D class other than the passengers will have to be patient in allowing the upper freight deck to be cleared first.

Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, Danim24 said:

I can't see any reason it would be different to P&O's spirits or DFDS's own D class other than the passengers will have to be patient in allowing the upper freight deck to be cleared first.

Yes - I don't think it should prove a big issue but may lead to small delays on the busiest days of the year.  Given where we have been of late I think we'd all be happy with a delay to see ships full of passengers again 😛 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, well.  Indeed.  I struggle to imagine how those ships (Spirits and Cotes) can turn round in an hour either.  But these flexers are an order of magnitude bigger aren’t they?  And none of their sisters in the Western Channel and Irish Sea can turn round in an hour.  Even when using the twin loading facilities at Holyhead / Dublin / Cherbourg / Portsmouth.

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Gareth said:

Yes, well.  Indeed.  I struggle to imagine how those ships (Spirits and Cotes) can turn round in an hour either.  But these flexers are an order of magnitude bigger aren’t they?  And none of their sisters in the Western Channel and Irish Sea can turn round in an hour.  Even when using the twin loading facilities at Holyhead / Dublin / Cherbourg / Portsmouth.

Unaccompanied freight and awkward to access decks are always the slow points.  Traffic that can drive off is rarely an issue.  So I think pinch point is most likely to be the separate car deck but I guess if you unload the right freight lanes first you might get a good flow.

Let's hope we see in the summer!  Praying everyone is busy again for the sake of the industry.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...