DFDS, northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company is transferring eight ships into Lloyd’s Register class to help further support the DFDS Seaways operational activities.
The increase in ships classed by LR deepens and broadens the support provided by the classification market leader in the passenger ship, ro-pax and ro-ro freight ferry sectors.
Lloyd’s Register’s Ship Emergency Response Programme (SERS) has also been contracted fleet wide to provide damage stability and crisis support to DFDS, further underlining the extent of safety and operational services now available to DFDS.
Kasper Moos, Vice President of DFDS, said: “DFDS Fleet has been growing because of recent acquisitions, and this means that by coincidence we have our ships registered in various classification societies.
We have therefore decided to transfer a number of our ships to LR in order to reduce the number of partners and achieve a leaner process in our daily work with the class.
LR has already proven that they have the size and the services we need for fully covering our needs for a safe and efficient operation of our ships.”
Lloyd’s Register’s Kim Wiese, Marine Business Development Manager for Denmark, said: “DFDS has always maintained a close relationship with LR, with the vast majority of new buildings being ordered to LR class. Our relationship has been strengthened through the agreement to transfer a number of vessels to LR Class.
Furthermore, enrolling their fleet in to our SERS programme shows DFDS’ commitment to safety of life at sea and their care for the environment.”
DFDS currently operates 55 ships, predominantly ro-ro freight ships, ro-pax ships, and passenger ships; with few exceptions these ships will now all be classed by LR.
May 27, 2014