DFDS has sold DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Limited, including two routes in the northern part of the Irish Sea, to Stena Line.
The sale covers the routes between Belfast and Birkenhead (Liverpool), and Belfast-Heysham. Two ro-ro vessels (Hibernia Seaways and Scotia Seaways) and two chartered ro-pax vessels are included in the transaction.
Stena Line will also take over operations at the port terminals of Belfast, Birkenhead and Heysham.
DFDS will now focus on services from Dublin to Birkenhead and from Dublin to Heysham.
Niels Smedegaard, chief executive DFDS, said: “The Irish routes we took over in conjunction with the purchase of Norfolkline have, in spite of the recent impressive efforts by everyone employed on the routes, in the last two years lost more than thirty million euros. Given the depressed economies a turnaround of the activities, without structural solutions, is not realistic. On this basis, we have decided to scale back our activities and sell the two routes to and from Belfast.”
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