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DFDS accepts new cross-channel ferry Côte D’Opale following successful sea trials

DFDS new ferry
  • Handover complete, the new ferry sets sail from China next week
  • Côte d’Opale enters service later this summer
  • Ferry offers largest duty-free shopping experience on the Channel

(17 May 2021) DFDS has completed the handover of its new ferry, Côte d’Opale, which will set sail from China next week. The modern ferry will be the longest to operate on the Channel when it joins DFDS’ route from Dover to Calais later this summer.

Côte d’Opale was ordered by DFDS in April 2018 (on a ten-year charter from Stena RoRo) and has been built at the CMI Jinling (Weihai) shipyard in China. DFDS will operate the ship for an initial decade with an option to buy it after that. The ferry has the capacity to handle growth in both freight and leisure customers post-Brexit and Covid-19.

Côte d’Opale will see improvements in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous vessels, will be faster than Calais Seaways, which it is replacing, reaching a service speed of 20-22 knots and will have two engines instead of four.

Filip Hermann, Vice-President and Head of BU Channel at DFDS, said: “We are delighted to take ownership of this new ferry, which will usher in a new era for our services on the Channel. With 3,100 lane metres and space for 1,000 passengers, the Côte d’Opale will provide more capacity to help our customers to grow as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and recover from post-Brexit challenges.

“We would like to thank Stena RoRo for the opportunity to bring Côte d’Opale in to the DFDS fleet and for a fantastic co-operation in allowing us to customise her design for our needs. The work completed by the 300 dedicated staff at CMI Jinling (Weihai) shipyard has been impeccable and allowed the delivery of the ferry to us earlier than billed.

“A key strategic focus for our business is to meet our responsibilities to the environment and reduce emissions. Côte d’Opale is just one example of the steps we are taking to deliver on our objective to reduce our environmental impact.”

To find about more about Côte d’Opale visit www.dfds.com