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European shipping and logistics group DFDS has acquired Turkey-based freight ferry operator U.N. RoRo.
U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Trieste in Italy and Toulon in France with 12 freight ferries and its own port terminals in Istanbul and Trieste.
The company also offers intermodal solutions to and from other European markets.
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President and CEO at DFDS, Niels Smedegaard, said: “Trade between the EU and Turkey has been booming for a long time and the future prospects are very encouraging for seaborne transportation, which bypasses border controls and road congestion in several countries.
“Together, we will be able to offer our customers a unique service.
“U.N. Ro-Ro is strong in the Turkish and Mediterranean markets, whereas DFDS has a very efficient network in northern Europe.
“With efficient road and intermodal networks to combine the two areas, we will be able to support exporters and transporters to an even greater scale than before.
“This will be for the benefit of growing trade and employment in Turkey as well as in the EU.
“With the 12 ships from U.N. Ro-Ro and the 50 ships from DFDS, including orders for new, very large ro-ro vessels, we have a unique flexibility in our fleet to offer competitive transportation of ever-growing volumes of export cargo on the Mediterranean Sea as well as in Europe’s northern region.”