DFDS unveils Immingham-Rotterdam ro-ro ‘superferry’


This week marked a new era in North Sea freight services between the UK’s Humber region and the Netherlands, as DFDS unveiled one of two new freight ‘superferries’ entering DFDS’ Immingham-Rotterdam service later this month.

The Tulipa Seaways, unveiled this week during a ceremony at the Flensburg shipyard, and her sister ship Gardenia Seaways are a new generation of freight superferries commissioned to handle increased volumes on DFDS’ busy North Sea freight route. Each vessel is 210 metres long, with the capacity for 262 trailers and a load space of 4,076 lane metres.

Gardenia Seaways will enter service on the Rotterdam/Immingham freight route later this month (June), with Tulipa Seaways entering service in autumn.

Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, commented “In spite of Brexit, we still see freight volumes on our North Sea routes growing and are confident that these new ships will offer the capacity, reliability and a significantly improved quality of service which our customers will appreciate. The two newbuildings represent the first step in an ambitious newbuilding programme that will add considerable capacity to our North Sea network over the next few years.”

DFDS will take on both vessels under a bareboat charter contract. It said the ship design “meets current environmental requirements, reducing fuel consumption and providing much better handling during loading and unloading in port”.

Tulipa Seaways was launched at the ceremony and moved to the quayside, where superstructure, consisting of the bridge and accommodation facilities, will be added.