DFDS Seaways

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DFDS Seaways
Industry Freight Transportation
Passenge/Car Transportation
Genre Ferry Company
Predecessor DFDS Tor Line
DFDS Lisco
Scandinavian Seaways
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Area served
Baltic Sea
English Channel
North Sea
Parent DFDS
Divisions DFDS Seaways France
Website www.dfdsseaways.com
Crown of Scandinavia departing Oslo
Ark Germania seen at the shipyard now serves on the Esbjerg route

DFDS Seaways is a large Danish shipping company operating passenger and freight services across Northern Europe. Following the acquisition of Norfolkline in 2010, DFDS restructured its other shipping divisions (DFDS Tor Line and DFDS Lisco) into the previously passenger only operation of DFDS Seaways.


The company renewed their fleet in 2006, purchasing MS King of Scandinavia and MS Princess of Norway to replace the last ships dating from the 1970s still in service. The company has acquired a reputation as something of an expert in purchasing used ships, as the last time DFDS Seaways ordered a newbuild was in 1978 (although they have since taken over build contracts and taken delivery of newbuilds originally ordered by other companies). In 2006 DFDS Seaways stopped serving Sweden when MS Princess of Scandinavia was taken off service and the CopenhagenOslo service ships stopped calling at Helsingborg. In May 2008 DFDS made public their plan to close down the loss-making United Kingdom–Norway service on 1 September 2008.[1][2] MS Queen of Scandinavia, the ship that was used in the service, has since been chartered out to St Peter Line.

In July 2010, DFDS acquired Norfolkline from Maersk. The Norfolkline routes and vessels were integrated into DFDS Seaways. Now, DFDS Seaways have the Dover–Dunkerque route and have launched the new Dover–Calais route from February 2012.

In 2015, DFDS announced that it had unveiled a new logo, which saw 'DFDS' in a new font and the logo with the white Maltese cross lost its outer circle, furthermore DFDS announced that the DFDS Seaways subsidiary would be shortened to just 'DFDS' carrying a dark blue hull in the same font instead of the traditional light blue hull, and the Maltese cross with the circle. The first vessels to receive the new livery are the former MyFerryLink ferries, Rodin soon to become Cote des Dunes and the Berlioz soon to become the Cote des Flandres, would be the first vessels to receive the new livery and new name scheme, that would eventually be rolled out throughout the whole fleet. All the fleet will lose the 'Seaways' suffix from its name and will instead receive local preference names.


DFDS Seaways operate twenty routes across the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Passenger & Freight

Freight only routes


DFDS Seaways operate a large fleet of Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax and Cruise ferries. Following restructuring in 2010 all shipping activities (including those of DFDS Tor Line and DFDS Lisco) were rebranded as DFDS Seaways.

Current fleet

Name Built Enterered service Tonnage Notes
Britannia Seaways 2000 2010 24.196 GT
Cimbria Seaways 1986 2010 12,189 GT On charter from LD Lines
Crown Seaways 1994 1994 35,495 GT
Sirena Seaways 2002 2002 22,382 GT On charter to Brittany Ferries for five years.
Delft Seaways 2006 2010 35,923 GT
Dover Seaways 2006 2010 35,923 GT
Dunkerque Seaways 2005 2010 35,923 GT
Ficaria Seaways 2006 2010 32,289 GT
Fionia Seaways 2009 2010 32,289 GT
Hafnia Seaways 2008 2010 32,289 GT
Humber Viking 2009 2010 29,004 GT
Jutlandia Seaways 2010 2010 32,289 GT
Kaunas Seaways 1989 2010 25,606 GT
King Seaways 1987 2006 31,395 GT
Victoria Seaways 2009 2010 25,518 GT
Optima Seaways 1999 2010 25,206 GT
Liverpool Seaways 1997 2010 21,856 GT
Cragside 2010 2010 29,004 GT
Magnolia Seaways 2003 2010 32,400 GT
Calais Seaways 1991 2011 28,838 GT On charter from LD Lines
Patria Seaways 1992 2010 18,332 GT
Pearl Seaways 1989 2001 40,039 GT
Petunia Seaways 2003 2010 32,289 GT
Primula Seaways 2003 2010 32,400 GT
Princess Maria 1986 2006 34,093 GT On charter to St Peter Line
Princess Seaways 1986 2006 31,356 GT
Regina Seaways 2010 2011 25,518 GT
Selandia Seaways 2000 2010 24,196 GT
Begonia Seaways 2004 2010 32,289 GT
Botnia Seaways 2000 2010 11,530 GT
Corona Seaways 2007 2010 25,600 GT
Finlandia Seaways 2000 2010 11,530 GT
Freesia Seaways 2004 2010 32,289 GT
Vilnius Seaways 1987 2010 27,414 GT
Suecia Seaways 1999 1999 24,196 GT

Former ships

Ship In service Gross
Status as of 2010
MS Skipper Clement 1964–1976 2,964 GRT Scrapped 2010
MS Akershus 1965–1973 5,012 GRT Burnt and sunk 1989
MS Winston Churchill 1967–1996 8,657 GRT Scrapped 2004
MS Kong Olav V 1968–1984 7,965 GRT Burnt 1993, later scrapped
MS Prinsesse Margrethe 1968–1983 7,965 GRT Scrapped 2005
MS Aalborgshus
MS Dana Sirena
MS Dana Corona
7,697 GRT
7,988 GRT
Scrapped in China, 2000
MS Trekroner
MS Dana Corona
MS Dana Sirena
7,692 GRT Sunk 1994
MS Dana Regina 1974–1990 10,002 GRT Since 1998 MS Vana Tallinn with Tallink
MS Dana Anglia
MS Duke of Scandinavia
14,399 GRT
15,589 GRT
Since 2009 MS Moby Corse with Moby Lines
MS Dana Gloria
MS King of Scandinavia
1981–1984, 1986–1989
12,348 GRT
20,581 GRT
Since 2006 MS Jupiter for Royal Group Ltd
MS Tor Scandinavia
MS Princess of Scandinavia
15,673 GRT
21,545 GRT
Since 2006 MS Moby Otta with Moby Lines
MS Scandinavia 1982–1985 26,747 GRT Since 2002 MS Island Escape with Island Cruises
MS Tor Britannia
MS Prince of Scandinavia
14,905 GRT
21,545 GRT
Since 2003 MS Moby Drea with Moby Lines
MS Hamburg
MS Admiral of Scandinavia
12,752 GRT
19,292 GRT
Originally MS Kronprins Harald with Jahre Line (1976-1987); Since 2002 MS Caribbean Express with Access Ferries; Scrapped 2011 in India
MS Duchess of Scandinavia 2003–2005 16,794 GRT From 2008 to 2014 MS Bergensfjord with Fjord Line. To be renamed Oslofjord 2014.
MS Dieppe Seaways 2012–2014 29,800 GRT Sold to Stena Line in Nov 2014. Renamed MS Stena Superfast X. Entered Service 09/03/2015.

Accidents and Incidents

Victoria Seaways 2013 fire

On 23 April 2013, Victoria Seaways caught fire whilst on passage between Kiel, Germany and Klaipeda in Lithuania. The fire was discovered on the main vehicle deck at around midnight on the 22/23 April. The ship's fire extinguishing system took control of the fire quickly, and passengers were sent to muster stations whilst the fire was put out. The ship continued to Klaipeda shortly after. The cause of the incident is unknown.[3]

Sirena Seaways 2013 dock collision

On 22 June 2013, Sirena Seaways collided with the dockside at Harwich, Essex, with 489 passengers on board. The incident caused some damage to both the dockside, loading ramp and ship, resulting in the vessel taking on water. The crew blocked the opening from inside and the watertight compartments were used to prevent the ship from capisizing. The Harwich RNLI lifeboat, Walton Coastguard rescue team and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield responded to the incident, along with a number of other vessels nearby. The ferry was brought alongside at 14:45 and the passengers were disembarked. The cause of the collision is unknown.[4]

Britannia Seaways 2013 fire

On Saturday 16 November 2013, Britannia Seaways caught fire in the North Sea trapping 32 crew on board. Helicopters were despatched from Norway were unable to take the crew off of the ship due to bad weather conditions. The fire caught alight in a container on one of the upper decks and was extinguished 13 hours after it broke out. The ship was carrying military equipment to Norway for a military exercise and reached Bergen a few days later. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.[5]

Corona Seaways 2013 fire

On 4 December 2013, at 02:30, Corona Seaways caught fire whilst the vessel was travelling from Fredericia to Copenhagen. The fire broke out in the main closed deck, and was briefly under control with the ships sprinkler systems before flaring up again. The ship arrived at Helsingborg at 07.00, where the fire was extinguished by the local fire services. There have been no injuries reported amongst the 10 passengers and 19 crew members. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.[6]

King Seaways 2013 fire

On 28 December 2013, a cabin aboard the ferry King Seaways caught fire while it was approximately 30 miles off Flamborough Head whilst travelling to IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[7] The fire started at 22:45 GMT on Saturday and was extinguished within 15 minutes. RAF rescue helicopters from RAF Boulmer and RAF Leconfield winched two passengers and four crew off the ship. The vessel returned to North Shields on Sunday morning.[8] The cause is still under investigation however two people have been arrested in connection with the fire. One was subsequently charged with arson reckless to endangering life, and affray.[9][10] On 8 July 2014 it was reported that one of them had pleaded guilty in Newcastle Crown Court to a charge of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. [11]

Crown Seaways 2014 engine incident

On 27 April 2014, Crown Seaways experienced engine problems near the Danish island of Anholt, whislt travelling between Copenhagen and Oslo. It is reported that passengers heard a loud bang, a shudder and smoke at about 21:30, when the vessel suffered an engine failure and crank explosion. The ship soon continued on its way towards Oslo. The cause of the incident is unknown.[12]

Dover Seaways 2014 dock collision

On 10 November 2014, Dover Seaways collided with a harbour wall at the Port of Dover, shortly after leaving the port at 08:00. The ship was heading to Dunkirk carrying 320 passengers. Several passengers were treated with minor injuries, and four were taken to hospital for additional treatment. The cause of the collision is unknown.[13]

Closure of the Harwich - Esbjerg route

The Harwich - Esbjerg route was closed on the 29th September 2014 due to loss of passengers. The Harwich - Esbjerg route operated since 1875. This closure caused the issue of no DFDS Seaways ferry route crossing directly from England to Denmark. DFDS Seaways worked hard to cut costs on the route to make it more competitive. DFDS Seaways reported that MS Sirena Seaways will move on other duties on the route between Kapellskar, Sweden and Paldiski, Estonia. A petition has been set up to attempt to show DFDS that there is a demand for the route.


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