Cobelfret Pushes Ahead with UK-Zeebrugge Ferry Expansion
CLdN has today confirmed the order of an additional two 5400 lane metre vessels from the Korean shipyard, Hyundai, with options for a further four of the same class.
The additional vessels will compliment the other four vessels which are already on order. The first two 8000 lane metre vessels will be delivered this year and will operate on the UK - Zeebrugge routes.
To support the additional vessels, a new 59 hectare port facility at Zeebrugge will be open mid 2017.
European short Sea RoRo specialist CLdN - Cobelfret RoRo SA operate 24 modern RoRo vessels with more than 130 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander and Porto. CLdN had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years, of which six are now confirmed and with additional options for a further four.
"These additions, coupled with the massive expansion of our Zeebrugge Port facilities, will allow CLdN to replicate the hub and spoke concept developed in the recently expanded Rotterdam facility. We will, with immediate effect, have our Iberian services, from Rotterdam to Santander and Leixoes, call twice weekly into Zeebrugge also. This will open up a new market segment and also allow direct shipments from all ports served by CLdN, in one transaction."
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