Ro-pax ferry, Pelagos, to enter service for DFDS between the Irish Republic and France.
DFDS has chartered yet another ferry on the expanding Rosslare-Dunkirk route. The ro-pax, Pelagos, will become the fifth ferry the Danish company has introduced to meet the growing demand for direct sailings between Ireland and the rest of the EU.
The Pelagos will replace the Drotten that entered service in January. Pelagos was built by Visentini and is a 114-freight trailer-unit vessel. Drotten will move to the Baltic where she will enter service with Destination Gotland, running between the Swedish mainland and Visby.
DFDS’ rapid re-shuffling of vessels is the company’s response to post-Brexit conditions and a fast-changing ferry sector. Hauliers have come to prefer the direct route between the Republic and the EU because it bypasses new and complicated UK customs and border checks.