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Ship fire forces DFDS to close its Zeebrugge - Rosyth freight route

An engine room fire on board the DFDS ro-ro freight ship Finlandia Seaways, which operates between Rosyth in Scotland and Zeebrugge in Belgium, has resulted in the closure of the route altogether.

The ship will be out of action for several months for repairs to be undertaken, and as the company has been unable to find a suitable replacement, it has decided to close the loss-making service.

Finlandia Seaways
It will take several months for the Finlandia Seaways to be repaired

An injured crew member was airlifted to hospital after last Monday’s fire (16 April), where was treated for injuries caused by smoke inhalation.

The ship was towed to DFDS’s terminal in Immingham, where the cargo was unloaded and an inspection was carried out.

“The inspection revealed substantial damage to the ship’s engine room, and we estimate it will be out of service for several months for repairs,” said DFDS spokesman Kell Robdrup. “Furthermore, our search for a replacement vessel was fruitless and revealed that there are no suitable ships available.

“Unfortunately, this will bring about further losses on the route, and it means that we have lost all hope of being able to turn around the route’s loss-making situation. Therefore, we have no alternative but to close the route as we undoubt-edly will lose clients who will be forced to seek alternative solutions for their transport.

“We are extremely sorry for the effect this has on our customers and partners in Scotland and Belgium. In cooperation with the Scottish Government and the port, we have tried everything in our power to save the route.”

DFDS has not made any decisions yet as regards the deployment of Finlandia Seaways when she returns from her repair docking.

Posted on 23rd April 2018 at 12:23 pm in Ferry Operators | DFDS Seaways | Ferry News |

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