Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has signed a strategic partnership with Belgium-based Ghent Port Company as the shipping firm aims to strengthen its position in the port of Ghent.
Namely, DFDS has decided to increase the number of ro/ro freight sailings between Ghent and Gothenburg and strengthen its hinterland anchoring by transporting containers in a fixed schedule three times per week aboard inland vessels in the direction of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Utilizing three ships, DFDS is currently offering six sailings a week on its freight route between Ghent and Gothenburg. During the summer of 2017, the company will add its vessel Ark Germania as the fourth ship on the route, increasing the number of weekly departures from six to eight.
In 2016, the Ghent-Gothenburg service, which also calls at Brevik in Norway once a week, catered for the transport of 2.1 million tonnes of goods, the second highest volume ever.
Furthermore, DFDS is expanding its activities in Ghent port with a fixed schedule of three sailings per week for containers on inland vessels. The barges are loaded at the multimodal terminal located at the Mercatordok. From there, a regular container line will be set up between Ghent and the ports of Zeeland Seaports, Rotterdam and Antwerp.