Northern Europe’s largest shipping and logistics company DFDS has decided to introduce changes to the operations on the Baltic Sea market as part of the ongoing adaptation to changes in customer demands and markets.
As customer demand for shipping services between Sweden and the Baltics continues to be robust, to increase capacity on Karlshamn-Klaipeda, DFDS decided to swap tonnage between Karlshamn-Klaipeda and Kiel-Klaipeda during the summer.
Volumes and financial performance on DFDS’ route between Germany and Russia continue to be lower than envisaged and the current two-ship operation will therefore be reduced to a one-ship operation in the beginning of June 2014.
In the freight market between Germany and Lithuania, customer demand is growing for intermodal transport solutions combining shipping and rail transport. In order to meet this demand and balance the capacity reduction following the tonnage swap on Kiel-Klaipeda, DFDS will open a new freight route for unaccompanied trailers and other cargo between Travemunde and Klaipeda on 6 June 2014.
“The port of Travemunde has excellent rail connections to facilitate intermodal transport solutions. The new route will be a one-ship operation deploying the ship released from the route between Germany and Russia,” DFDS said in a release.
Press Release, May 9, 2014; Image: DFDS