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DFDS Open New Calais/Sheerness Unaccompanied Freight Route


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DFDS launches new unaccompanied freight service from Sheerness to Calais.
The service will start on 1st June and will offer one daily sailing in each direction between the two ports.
It will be operated by the Gothia Seaways, which can carry up to 165 unaccompanied freight units (trailers or containers without drivers).

https://www.dfds.com/en/about/media/news/dfds-launches-new-freight-service-from-sheerness-to-calais?fbclid=IwAR27IaQjCkpFaRGDeTegUb1UNwsi-KRc3XEMcxnalxXnj2O38VyNj1Qa9Qs 

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  • Andy changed the title to DFDS Open New Calais/Sheerness Unaccompanied Freight Route

Strange.  This feels similar to P&O’s Tilbury-Calais experiment, which either never got off the ground or was terminated almost as soon as it started (can’t remember which).

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IIRC Tilbury Calais ran for a couple of months with very light loadings before being suspended. However this was before all the changes with the current situation, plus issues with SNCF not bringing traffic, so potentially could all add up now.

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I think this is in response to P&O's decision to stop carrying unaccompanied freight. Shorter passage and cheaper port fees than Tilbury. DFDS are carrying more than three times their usual volume and Brittany Ferries will also have the renewed inter modal rail link from Sete direct to Calais.

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2 hours ago, captjack said:

How would this work and what ship ?, as far as I’m aware there’s no link span in Sheerness anymore?

The old passenger ferry berth is not there, but there is a freight roro ramp to the south of where the original Olau berth was.  It’s used weekly by the Wagenborg liner service between Haraholmen and Ternueuzen.  It also used to be used regularly by the UECC Sheerness-Calais car carrier service, but I’m not sure whether that is still running.  Whatever, there is a fully functioning freight roro berth at Sheerness.
 

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The old Ro Ro berth is still there, it had jack up rigs moored alongside from May last year while Borr Drilling found work for them. They were due to leave last November.

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