Felixstowe Boosts Capacity Ahead of Brexit

 22 Jan 2019 04.21pm

With uncertainty over Brexit still looming, the Port of Felixstowe has announced an agreement with Danish ferry operator DFDS to increase its roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity by over 40%.

According to a statement, the capacity boost will be achieved through investment in a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities.

The Port of Felixstowe has been described as “key gateway” for ro/ro trade with Europe, and demand on DFDS’ service from the UK trade hub to Rotterdam has been growing year-on-year.

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Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “The new contract includes a significant investment by Hutchison Ports replacing one of our existing ro/ro bridges with a modern floating linkspan capable of handling the latest generation of ro/ro vessels and creating over 300 additional trailer spaces for unaccompanied ro/ro traffic.”

Niels Smedegaard, CEO and President of DFDS, added: “We are very happy to continue our excellent relation with the Port of Felixstowe and their ro/ro staff.

“We are very excited about this investment which allows us to further enhance the high level of customer service that is expected by our clients.

 

 

“It is also a further step in our striving to provide necessary capacity to continue supporting our customers' trade and business, even in a possible post-Brexit world.”

Hutchison Ports has witnessed increasing interest in both ro/ro and short sea container connections at all of its UK ports, with shippers seeking to mitigate the potential risks to their supply chains from Brexit.

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