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Robbie Campbell
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« on: December 30, 2010, 07:50:16 pm »

 


New Freight Service Set To Sail On Scotland-Belgium Route
 
 
 
DFDS Seaways has outlined details of its new, enhanced freight service on the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry route.
 
The new schedule, which takes effect from January 5, will see two ships operate on the route providing four departures a week from each port, allowing freight capacity on the service to be significantly improved.
 
Sailing  schedules- have also been reconfigured to accommodate the delivery  demands of key operators, specifically early Monday morning arrivals in both Rosyth and Zeebrugge.
 
The new freight service has been introduced after it was announced in August that the Rosyth-Zeebrugge combined freight-passenger route - operated by the Scottish Viking vessel - was to end in mid December.
 
The Scottish Viking is to operate as a freight only service until December 24 to allow DFDS Seaways to continue to provide freight services on the route on an interim basis.
 
Allan Hull, Route Director, said: “The freight service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge has been very popular with the haulage industry, which has recognised the benefits of the route providing the only direct Ro-Ro link between Scotland and the continent.
 
“While it was a matter of deep regret that the passenger service had to be withdrawn, we saw potential in enhancing the freight service to meet increased demand from the sector.
 
“Our new schedule will see two Ro-Ro ships operate on the route with the number of sailings increasing from three to four departures a week. This will increase overall weekly capacity by 25%.
 
“In addition, we were anxious to seek the views of the sector on how the new schedule should operate. The result is that we have geared timings to meet the specific delivery schedules of the unaccompanied trailer and container operators who will be key to the success of the route. 
 
"We have sought to not just to expand but to improve the service to meet the demands of the freight trade, not least  with the early arrivals and later departures.
 
“The new schedule offers great potential to the freight industry to expand their use of the route, which can only serve to underline the importance of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge link to Scotland .�
 
The new ships to be deployed on the service are the Tor Finladia and the Tor Cimbria (see full spec at end).  Both vessels will have capacity for around 130 trailers – the Scottish Viking could accommodate 120 trailers.
 
DFDS Seaways will also move to a dedicated Ro-Ro terminal in Zeebrugge, which has direct rail connections and room for further expansion, from the start of the new freight only service.
 
DFDS Seaways operates a daily passenger service from Newcastle to Amsterdam , offering Scottish customers  a continued opportunity to travel to Europe by making a short car journey across the border for travel with or without their vehicle.
 
Regular updates and special fare offers on the Newcastle to Amsterdam route can be found on the DFDS Seaways website at http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/.
 
 
 
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Specification:
 
Tor Finlandia:                                                                       Tor Cimbria:
 
                                                                                                 
 
Length                  162 metres                                                    Length                  145 metres
 
Beam                    21 metres                                                      Beam                    20 metres
 
Capacity               1900 lane metres                                          Capacity               2000 lane metres
 
Drivers                  12                                                                   Drivers                  12
 
Speed                   17 knots                                                         Speed                   16 knots
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 10:06:30 am »

The A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh is mainly single lane and has an appalling accident

record.

That is why the Rosyth-Zeebrugge passenger ferry was so useful.

The last time DFDS Seaways ordered a newbuild ship was in 1978.

They generally buy old ferries and run them until they are 25 or 30 years old.

The ex Norfolkline Scottish Viking ferry was a brand new chartered ferry so it did not fit

in with their business plan.


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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 10:32:48 pm »

Please forgive my ignorance but I can't quite see the correlation between the A1 Newcastle-Edinburgh and a ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge ?? Can anybody enlighten me ??  Huh Huh Huh
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 11:30:37 pm »

If you read Robbie Campbell's you will find this sentence..

"DFDS Seaways operates a daily passenger service from Newcastle to Amsterdam , offering Scottish customers  a continued opportunity to travel to Europe by making a short car journey across the border for travel with or without their vehicle."

There is no passenger service from Rosyth to Zeebrugge since DFDS took over Norfolkline.

They hope to maximise profits on their existing  Newcastle - Ijmuiden ferry.

DFDS Seaways' passenger director John Crummie said that the service has  "good motorway

connections" to east and west Scotland.

There are no motorways connecting Newcastle to east and west Scotland.

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