Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Stena cuts capacity on Harwich-Rotterdam route

Stena Line is replacing two ships on the Harwich-Rotterdam route with smaller vessels.

The two freight vessels Capucine and Severine will replace the Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter from the beginning of September.

Pim de Lange, Stena Line area director for the business area North Sea, said market conditions for the route have been very tough during the past few years. “This has led to a low capacity utilisation of our two current vessels and a consequential poor financial development for the route.

“We need to improve efficiency and reduce our operational costs to be able to increase our competitiveness. With this solution we can accomplish that because we will have smaller and cheaper tonnage and, at the same time, we can carry the same volumes that we have today and deliver the same service to our customers.”

The new ships are being chartered from Cobelfret on a five-year contract.