Potentially, 2016 will be a year in which DFDS draw a line in the sand. Since the year 2000, the team wearing blue & white have only ever dreamed about competing nose to nose with P&O’s quality tonnage.
Well, in February 2016 that day will come true. DFDS are not doing this with half measures but rather, following a high profile, long battle lasting nearly 18 months, they secured the Berlioz and Rodin ferries in July 2015 for introduction onto the Dover-Calais route.
These two ships were already at a good standard whilst operating for Myferrylink despite some sabotage by French industrial strikers during the summer of 2015. However, DFDS are taking the customer experience to a completely new level – the customer ‘freight’ experience is top of the agenda of this level. The Danish company is a tough competitor, pulling out all stops for the Berlioz and Rodin ships, and will be take on the challenge provided by the competition.
Once in service the vessels will provide:
• 10 additional sailings per day
• 75% capacity increase of for the Dover-Calais service
Côte des Dunes is on schedule to enter service Monday 8th February. The Côte des Flandres will enter service 22nd February.
The freight driver’s area is probably one of the biggest dedicated areas on any ship in Europe, taking almost 50% of one of the decks. With dedicated restaurant facilities offering high quality meals, to luxury Pullman seats and lounge areas. The on-board driver facilities include showers and even exclusive access to an outside sidewalk for freight customers.
The conclusion will mean that DFDS can also compete with P&O on schedule. The combined service of Dunkerque & Calais to Dover will mean they have a comparable number of crossings in a 24-hour period. DFDS freight clients will not only be able to get where they need to quicker, but will be able to club class!
The DFDS schedule page: