DFDS to introduce fourth ferry service to Rosslare – Dunkirk


*Rosslare Europort will have 36 direct services a week to and from Rosslare to the Continent

Rosslare Europort has welcomed the announcement by DFDS that from 1 April the shipping line will introduce a fourth freight ferry to the current successful direct ferry service between Rosslare Europort in Ireland and the Grand Port of Dunkerque in Northern France.

The freight ferry will be DFDS’ “Ark Dania” with capacity of 188 truck units (including 12 driver accompanied units and 176 trailers).

The direct service is favoured by haulage companies and industry alike, as it avoids the timely delays, border checks and complicated paperwork using the UK as a landbridge. Upon arrival in Dunkerque or Rosslare, the drivers are fully rested and can continue driving immediately to reach many major destinations within their legal driving limit.

Just after Brexit, the direct route between Rosslare and Dunkerque was launched on 2 January, with three ships as part of DFDS’ strategy to develop and expand its ferry and logistics network. By offering greater efficiency and more capacity, Ark Dania will help our customers grow their business also post Brexit.

Commenting on the increased services Aidan Coffey, Route Director, stated: “Ark Dania will be the flagship of our route. and very manoeuvrable, with the capabilities of carrying diverse cargo. It will also free up capacity on our three other ferries for more driver accompanied trucks. We have a huge demand from all sectors of industry looking to use the direct route to North Central Europe, as more and more realise the benefits of using the direct route compared to the UK the landbridge.

Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort added: “ We are absolutely delighted with the announcement by DFDS in adding additional capacity and frequency on our Rosslare to Dunkirk route with these two additional sailings. This further demonstrates the commitment of Rosslare Europort and DFDS to meet industry demand and ensure the continuity of Ireland’s supply chain post Brexit. As further border control  procedures are implemented by the UK Government in the coming weeks, additional direct services from Rosslare Europort to avoid the landbridge are timely and will be very welcomed by all industries  across Ireland.” 

Rosslare Europort is now Ireland’s number one port for direct services to Europe serving the ports of Bilbao, San Malo/Roscoff, Cherbourg and Dunkirk. Its weekly direct services to Europe with DFDS, Stena Line and Brittainy Ferries offer the most frequent and quickest direct option from Ireland to Europe.