Swedish ferry company Stena Line has revealed plans to increase capacity on the route Rotterdam-Killingholme in January 2018.
Earlier this year, the company announced increase to its freight capacity on the route Rotterdam (Europoort) to Harwich from January 2018 by replacing the current two RoRo vessels by larger ships.
A decision has now been taken to introduce a larger RoRo vessel on the North Sea to replace a current chartered ship, the Caroline Russ, when its contract expires in January 2018. Stena Line will furthermore as of next year reposition the RoRo ships between the Europoort routes to further optimize the available capacity.
On the route from Rotterdam to Killingholme, which Stena Line started with one vessel in 2014 and which has daily departures since 2016, MV Misida and MV Misana will operate. The new ship will be introduced next to the Stena Scotia on the route Rotterdam – Harwich in January 2018.
As explained, the company will consequently increase its total capacity from Europoort with some 20%.
“(W)e will now take the next step in the strategic development of our Rotterdam (Europoort) freight transport hub to the UK,” Annika Hult, Trade Director at Stena Line North Sea, commented, adding that the company has seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years and it is currently trading at very high utilization on both routes.
Founded in 1962, Stena Line currently operates 37 vessels on 20 routes in Northern Europe.