DFDS anchors itself in North Sea Port

Published on Fri 4 May 2018
“Ghent, Belgium has become ever more important as a vital port in our North Sea freight services”, says DFDS. Therefore, DFDS has signed a long-term concession agreement and partnership with the Belgian group Sea-Invest. North Sea Port is pleased.

This way, DFDS ensures further anchoring in North Sea Port, in the port area of Ghent. DFDS will continue to operate its terminal in North Sea Port in Ghent where DFDS handles the Ghent – Gothenburg/Brevik RoRo route, together with a number of container barge connections to deep sea ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Furthermore, 14 trains per week with steel, truck cabins and palletized goods are handled by the terminal in Ghent.

Multimodal access

An investment plan to renew the terminal and upgrade the facilities is currently under review. “Long-term stability and a high, consistent service is crucial for our customers, which have received the news on the extension very positively”, says Sam de Wilde, Managing Director, Shipping Division, Ghent. “An upgrade of the current facilities and gates will enable a faster throughput for our customers in collecting and delivering their cargo, both trailers, containers and cars, day and night”, says Sam De Wilde.

“We aim to continue on the path of multimodality, offering a variety of connected services from our location in Ghent to and from destinations required by customers. Specifically, we will further expand our barging activities as a congestion–free alternative to trucking to/from nearby deepsea ports, as well as longer haul rail connections. That way, we can offer very stable end-to-end integrated logistics for companies in the region, such as Volvo.”

For Europe

"North Sea Port is pleased that DFDS has anchored in the port area of Ghent and works closely with the port company. This fits in with the strength of North Sea Port as a cross-border, multimodal port. Moreover, it will provide companies with a lot of extra opportunities to transport goods in various ways from and to every corner of Europe ", says Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port.

Sea-Invest is a privately owned company and one of the largest stevedores in Belgium and Africa.