Good to know - About DFDS network



DFDS SEAWAYS and LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS (LDA) have entered into an agreement to form a new company that combines DFDS Seaways’ and LD Lines' ferry routes in the Channel. From 1 July 2012, the new company will operate 9 passenger and freight ferries on four routes in the English Channel and one in the Mediterranean Sea, between France and Tunisia. DFDS Seaways will own 82 % of the company and LDA 18%.

The following Western Channel ferry routes are now operated by DFDS SEAWAYS:

  • Dover-Dunkirk 
  • Dover-Calais 
  • Portsmouth-Le Havre 
  • Newhaven-Dieppe  

DFDS operates a network of 25 ferry routes and has extensive logistics activities. In the Channel, DFDS operates three ships on the Dover-Dunkirk route and, in partnership with LD lines, two ships on the newly inaugurated Dover-Calais route. Both operations will be transferred to the new company.

Stronger services

“The new company expands DFDS Seaways’ route network in line with DFDS Seaways’ strategy of creating a European shipping and logistics network. By combining the capabilities and operations of LD Lines and DFDS, a new and stronger company is formed that is well positioned to deliver the ferry services that are required by our customers in the very competitive market on the Channel,” says Niels Smedegaard, CEO & President of the DFDS Group.

“This new company confirms our strategy to create a European leader in the Channel ferry business. All ships we bring will remain of course under the French flag. We strongly believe that this is the right answer to the many challenges the industry has to cope with and are confident this fully integrated network will offer our clients a unique flexibility” says Gildas Maire, President of LD Lines.

Press contact:
DGM Conseil
Michel Calzaroni & Tarick Dali
Tel +33 1 40 70 11 89



Transmanche Ferries was set up by the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de l’Activité Transmanche, with the ambition to preserve the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service. In the context of a Public Services Contract, the running of Transmanche Ferries was handed over to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs in 2007, and in turn to DFDS Seaways in 2012.