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Thursday, August 5, 2021 

The latest ro-pax vessel in the DFDS fleet, 'Côte d’Opale' has arrived in Dover ready to start English Channel operations.

The E-flexer vessel, chartered from Stena RoRo with an option to purchase, can carry 3,100 lane metres of freight, making it the longest ferry on the Channel, and has space for up to 1,000 passengers and crew. It replaces Calais Seaways.

Côte d’Opale will be efficient and environmentally friendly with an expected reduction in fuel consumption of around 25% compared to the current fleet. With two engines instead of four, she will offer improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and give a service speed of 20-22 knots.

Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division, said: “As we return to a new and changed world, we are seeing a gradual return of normality within our ferry business – and we welcome Côte D’Opale to it. Her arrival is a signal. A signal that people can start to think about moving again. Moving is vital to a ferry and logistics company like DFDS. We do so, with people and planet in mind. With more capacity, greater operational efficiency, and a dedicated crew, we will ensure safe travel for passengers, reliable delivery of goods and a reduced impact to the environment.”

Filip Hermann, VP and Head of BU Channel for DFDS, said: “The outbound ferry journey sets the scene for a traveller’s whole holiday experience. Customers today have higher expectations and the Côte d’Opale will exceed anything they have experienced before on this route. With excellent passenger and driver facilities, improved environmental impact and increased capacity, we are excited to welcome Côte d’Opale to Dover to launch a new era of cross channel ferry travel.”

Côte d’Opale was ordered  in April 2018 and was built at the CMI Jinling Weihei shipyard in China, alongside other E-flexers for Stena Line, Brittany Ferries and Canadian operator Marine Atlantic. The new ship offers capacity to handle growth in both freight and leisure customers post-Brexit and Covid-19.

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