A new freight service is to be launched between Kent and France, creating around 100 jobs.
Ferry operator DFDS says the new freight-only service will start operating between Sheerness and Calais from June.
The new route will be operated by the Gothia, which can carry up to 165 unaccompanied freight units. Picture: DFDS
It will offer one daily sailing in each direction between the two ports on ship Gothia, which can carry up to 165 unaccompanied freight units – which are trailers or containers without drivers.
The new route expands DFDS’ existing network of services between the UK and Europe and comes in response to growing demand for unaccompanied freight services.
Most of the unaccompanied freight carried today by DFDS on the two Dover Strait routes – Dover-Calais and Dover-Dunkirk – is expected to be transferred to the new route.
It is the latest in a series of investments that the company is making to improve its services; a brand-new freight and passenger ship, the Cote d’Opale will join its Dover to Calais route in July this year, increasing capacity on the route and enhancing the passenger experience onboard its fleet.
Wayne Bullen, freight sales director at DFDS, said: “We’re really pleased to be adding a new unaccompanied freight service to the extensive route network that DFDS already offers.
“Sheerness benefits from excellent road links and is closer to the M25 than other routes, making it ideal for goods heading to the London area and the Midlands.
“Sheerness promises to be a superb ‘partner port’, with an ambitious plan to grow its services over the next decade.
“We also continue to cement our partnership with the port of Calais and are excited to be expanding our services to the port as it marks the fulfilment of its multi-million-pound expansion project . . . .
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