Felixstowe makes history with 50-years of Ro/Ro operations

There have been celebrations to record the 50th anniversary of Roll-on/Roll-off operations at the Port of Felixstowe.

Guests and local dignitaries enjoyed a reception followed by a visit to the Ro/Ro ferry Suecia Seaways at the port’s Dooley Terminal.  The event was also attended by a number of retired employees who have worked at the port’s Ro/Ro terminals over the last 50 years.

To commemorate the occasion, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, presented Mark Woodard of DFDS Seaways, with a framed copy of a DFDS advert from the port’s 1965 Handbook.

In 1965 DFDS operated a weekly service to Copenhagen.  Fifty years the company operates three sailings per day from Felixstowe to Rotterdam.

Speaking at the event, Mr Cheng said: “Ro/Ro operations were introduced at Felixstowe before we handled our first container and have continued, uninterrupted, ever since.

“Freight ferries remain hugely important for trade with Europe and we are delighted to be celebrating this event with DFDS.  Their North Sea service offers shippers a vital route for UK trade with the Netherlands and the rest of mainland Europe.”

Mark Woodard, Manager of DFDS Seaways in Felixstowe, added: “We are very pleased to be able to take part in these important celebrations. We have operated our route for some decades now and it has developed into a high frequency and capacity driven freight service with daily crossings to Rotterdam.

“I believe it is important to acknowledge the professional and efficient operations here in Felixstowe where a quick turnaround time in port is extremely important to our customers who mainly trade in time-sensitive goods.  We therefore congratulate the port and staff and we look forward to many more years to come of Ro/Ro in Felixstowe.”