DFDS and Moby have cancelled their agreement to swap the ropaxes operating on the Amsterdam (Ijmuiden)/Newcastle route.
On 6th September, 2019, DFDS agreed with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire two ropaxes, ‘Moby Wonder’ and ‘Moby Aki’, for deployment on the Amsterdam/Newcastle route.
In turn, Moby would acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on the route, ‘King Seaways’ and ‘Princess Seaways’.
The swap was expected to be completed in the second half of October, 2019 but Moby has not been able to meet the agreement’s delivery terms. Therefore, the agreement was cancelled, DFDS explained.
“We will continue to explore solutions for a renewal of the ferries on the Amsterdam/Newcastle route in line with our customers’ wishes and our strategic ambitions for the route and for DFDS.
“The two current ferries offer a great service today, and they will continue doing so until a new solution with new ferries is in place. Therefore, this will not change our plans for developing the route, it will merely delay it,” said Peder Gellert, EVP and Head of DFDS’ Ferry Division.