Freight network on the North Sea between Rotterdam and the UK to be strengthened by adding further capacity
Earlier this year we announced the increase of our freight capacity on the Rotterdam to Harwich route in January 2018 by replacing the current two RoRo vessels by two larger ships. We can now also reveal our plans to increase the capacity on the Rotterdam to Killingholme route in January 2018, which increase our total capacity from Rotterdam by 20%.
A decision has now been taken to introduce a larger RoRo vessel on the North Sea to replace the current chartered ship, the Caroline Russ, when its contract expires in January 2018. Furthermore, as of next year we will reposition the RoRo ships between the Rotterdam routes to further optimize the available capacity. On the Rotterdam to Killingholme route, which started with one vessel in 2014 and has had daily departures since 2016, MV Misida and MV Misana will operate. The new ship will operate with the Stena Scotia on the Rotterdam – Harwich route in January 2018.
We have seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years and we are currently trading at very high utilization on both routes. We also see
a good development in freight volumes arriving to Rotterdam by train. We believe that the combination of rail and RoRo transportation will only increase in the future and our vision is that Rotterdam will develop into a key rail freight connection point to and from the UK.