Turkish rival ro-ro operators to cooperate under new Danish umbrella
The deal signed between Ekol and DFDS’ controlled U.N Ro-Ro means that the former is to cease its shipping line from Turkey to Trieste and pass this trade to the latter
DFDS and Ekol Logistics agreed to significantly expand their cooperation along the sea transport of trailers between Istanbul in Turkey and Trieste in Italy.
The latter, one of Turkey's leading logistics providers, operates its own ro-ro services to Italy and France (Toulon) under a maritime subsidiary branded Alternative Transport to complete its full spectrum provision of transport and logistics solutions for freight between Turkey and Europe.
The Danish group, which is involved in this trade area through newly acquired specialized Turkish ro-ro operator U.N Ro-Ro, expects to increase by 30% freight volumes in the Mediterranean.
To accommodate those extra volumes, DFDS will expand terminal capacities.
“We have signed a contract for the use of a recently built (by Ekol Logistics) ro-ro terminal in Yalova southeast of Istanbul, a very important move to effectively reduce constraints in terminal capacity, so we can ensure a more frictionless flow for our customers. Adding calls to Yalova also provides a wider geographic coverage for our many customers in and around Istanbul” said Peder Gellert, Executive Vice President and Head of DFDS’ Shipping Division.
The 10-year agreement signed to use the Yalova terminal brings to three the number of terminals in the Istanbul region, further to Ambarli and Pendik
DFDS will increase capacity by allocating more ships to this market, including 2 new freight ferries (in a series of 6 ordered) under construction at Chinese shipyard Jinling, to be introduced between Istanbul and Trieste in the early part of 2019, which will be the largest ever in DFDS’ fleet.
The two ro-ro are believed to be named Gothia and Belgia Seaways and are due respectively in March and April 2019, boasting a 6,700-lanemetre for a 450-trailer, to meet a rising demand.
“Since investing in Turkish company U.N Ro-Ro in June 2018 we have ordered lengthening of ships to provide more capacity for our customers and in environmental equipment to adapt the fleet to new 2020 legislation. DFDS has also established a new IT development center in Istanbul adding new colleagues to DFDS in Turkey. With this new customer agreement and increased capacity in the fleet and ports, we will continue to support Turkish exports and transport industries” stated Selcuk Boztepe, Senior Vice President and Head of DFDS’ Business Unit Mediterranean.
In addition capacity could be increased through reallocations in DFDS's route network and charters.
For this purpose, U.N Ro-Ro has just taken in its fleet the Alf Pollak, a newbuilding recently completed in Germany for Onorato Armatori’s Group by Flensburger shipyard, for its next introduction along the Turkey-Italy trade.