DFDS changed its links to Italy
Ro-ro connections with Trieste and Bari were reorganized to face the Turkish crisis
Danish shipowner DFDS reorganized its ro-ro connections network between Turkey and Western Europe which it “inherited” after the take-over of the Turkish company U.N. Ro-Ro.
The initiative involves routes from and to Italy: weekly departures from Pendik to Trieste will be 6, while those from Yalova will be 2 (both ports are close to Istanbul). Pendik-Trieste connections will arrive at the terminal managed by the subsidiary Samer Seaports, while Yalova-Trieste ones will call at EMT terminal, managed by the Turkish group Ekol. Also the 2 weekly connections from Mersin will arrive at EMT terminal. The Pendik-Trieste connection will call at Patras (Greece) three times a week, while Bari will be connected to Yalova twice a week in export (from Turkey) and 1 in import.
As concerns connections with France, the port of Toulon will be replaced by Sète, connected only to Yalova “but 3 times per week and with greater capacity”, DFDS pointed out, explaining that Sète is “closer to our customers’ final destinations, including Spain and Portugal”.
The restructuring of DFDS services was definitely affected by the Turkish crisis, as proved by the traffic data recently disclosed by the Port Authority of Trieste, being the main port of call for imported/exported goods between Europe and Turkey.
In fact, in the first months of 2019, tons handled in Trieste via ro-ro (mainly consisting of Turkish traffics) decreased to 3.25 million, witnessing a 28.06% reduction compared to the first half of 2018.