DFDS stays in Ghent

The Danish shipping & logistics company has signed a long-term concession and partnership agreement with Sea-Invest.

DFDS will continue to operate its terminal in the Port of Ghent (part of the North Sea Port that brings together within one company the Belgian Ghent and the Dutch Vlissingen and Terneuzen) in where the shipping line handles its Ghent-Gothenburg/Brevik ro-ro service, together with a number of container barge connections to the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Zeebrugge. In addition, the terminal takes care of 14 weekly trains with steel, truck cabins, and palletized goods.

"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," Sam de Wilde, Managing Director, Shipping Division, Ghent, DFDS, said.

He added, "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."

"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," Daan Schalck, CEO, North Sea Port, also commented.

Photo: DFDS Seaways