DFDS is changing its service between Rosyth in Scotland and Zeebrugge to become a freight ro-ro route from the end of the year.
It said that the current the freight and passenger service (ro-pax) “has proven not to be financially viable due to insufficient passenger demand, while demand from freight customers has met expectations”.
At the end of 2010 the single ro-pax ship presently deployed on the route will be replaced by two ro-ro ships to improve the frequency and freight capacity of the route, and hence attract additional freight volumes.
Chris MacRae, the Freight Transport Association’s head of policy for Scotland, said: “We welcome the news of investment in this ferry service for freight. The service provides a direct link between Scotland and the continent and is important to Scotland’s supply chains and to achieving the challenging carbon reduction targets set by Scottish government.”