From the beginning of September the Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter on the Rotterdam-Harwich route will be replaced by two new, smaller vessels. The two freight vessels Capucine and Severine will be chartered from Cobelfret on a five-year contract.
Pim de Lange, Stena Line area director for the business area North Sea, said: “The market conditions for the Rotterdam-Harwich route have been very tough during the past few years, mainly due to a very competitive environment on the North Sea and the financial instability and recession throughout Europe.
“This has led to a low capacity utilisation of our two current vessels and a consequential poor financial development for the route.”
The two new vessels for the route were built in 2011 and 2012 and have a deck capacity of 1,760 lane metres.
“We need to improve efficiency and reduce our operational costs to be able to increase our competitiveness. With this solution we can accomplish that because we will have smaller and cheaper tonnage and, at the same time, we can carry the same volumes that we have today and deliver the same service to our customers”, Pim de Lange said.
Notes to editors:
Stena Line transports freight across 19 routes in Scandinavia, around the UK and between Germany, Sweden and Latvia in cooperation with Scand lines. In 2011 Stena Line transported 3.1 million vehicles and 1.6 million freight units, with 30 freight-carrying vessels.
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Stena Line, an ABTA member, is an international transport and travel service company and one of the world's leading ferry operators.
Stena Line operates in three business areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea with a network of 18 strategically located ferry routes in Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 35 vessels including fast ferries (Stena HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.
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During 2009, approximately 15.4 million passengers travelled with Stena Line. 3.3 million cars and 1.6 million freight units were transported during the same period.