DANISH operator DFDS has announced plans to stretch three of its vessels next year in order to boost freight capacity by 25%. The plan is to increase capacity on the route between the UK and Sweden. MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven has been awarded the contract to stretch the Tor Begonia, Tor Freesia and Tor Ficaria by 30 m. Total investment in the project will reach DKr280m of which DKr170m will be carried out in 2008 and the remainder in 2009, the company said. The ships operate between Immingham and Gothenburg.
Once stretched they will be able to carry 4,700 lane metres of freight. "Even though the ships provided a great increase in capacity when they were delivered a few years ago, we already lack capacity on our North Sea routes between Sweden and the United Kingdom, which continue to show good growth," explained executive vice president for ro-ro shipping, Peder Gellert Pedersen.
While increasing freight capacity, fuel consumption will barely
increase Mr Pederesen said, resulting in a reduction in operating
costs. This supports suggestions that the larger, more fuel efficient
ships are likely to be better placed to weather the tough economic
conditions which took their toll on DFDS' first half performance.
Source: lloyd's list
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