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Monday, September 9, 2019 

DFDS has entered into an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire the two ro-pax ferries, 'Moby Wonder' and 'Moby Aki', in exchange for DFDS' vessels 'King Seaways' and 'Princess Seaways'.

The Moby ferries, built in 2001 and 205 respectively, will be refurbished for the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. They will replace the 1987-built King Seaways and 1985 built Princess Seaways, which currently operate this route.

“The new ferries are ideally suited for our Amsterdam-Newcastle route. Their modern onboard facilities and higher car-deck capacity will allow us to grow revenue by fulfilling the growing demand from high-yield car passengers. To freight customers, we will be able to offer increased capacity that can remain constant throughout the year”, said Peder Gellert Pedersen, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division.

The agreement is expected to be completed in the second half of October 2019. DFDS will subsequently bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways from Moby until January and February 2020, respectively. The refurbished ferries are expected to be deployed on Amsterdam-Newcastle during the first quarter of 2020.

The move supports DFDS' WIN23 strategy, launched in June 2019, driven by four strategic pillars. The renewal of Amsterdam-Newcastle is a key part of the fourth pillar: Creating more value for passengers. “I’m very pleased to already be able to tick off an important milestone of our WIN23 strategy. We now have a strong set-up to continue to grow the route”, said Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS.

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