CLdN Ro-Ro continues with expansion drive
Following the September 2015 announcement on the company's commitment to a new-building programme, CLdN Ro-Ro has confirmed two additional new vessel orders.
On the back of the announcement made in September to embark on an ambitious expansion programme of its RoRo fleet, CLdN Ro-Ro SA has now confirmed two more vessels have been ordered, with options for a further four, through the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik. European short Sea RoRo specialist CLdN RoRo SA, who operate 24 modern RoRo vessels, offering in excess of 100 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg and Porto had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years.
CLdN also announced increased capacity for the Zeebrugge-Dublin ro-ro service . The company added an extra ro-ro departure to its Zeebrugge to Dublin schedule, increasing the frequency to four departures per week in both directions. The additional departure from Zeebrugge has been scheduled over the weekend (Saturday evening) to cover for the increasing demand for capacity at the end of the week. In addition a better spread of the sailings from Dublin during the week is achieved with an additional departure for Zeebrugge on Monday afternoon (the other sailings take place on Thurday, Saturday and Sunday). They are taken care of by a Kawasaki-class ship. This increases the capacity for both trailers and containers and almost doubles the number of cars transported on the route from and to Dublin.
CLdN, whose core services have traditionally been the Continent/UK, has been steadily expanding the company's services and geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal in recent years. The initial orders, being built at the Korean yard of Hyundai were described as ‘Game changers’ at the time of order, offering 8,000 lane meters of Ro-Ro capacity. The additional orders are of the same flexible and radical design and offer 5400 lane meters, to accommodate high utilisation of trailers, containers and automotive products in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner, being ‘’LNG ready’’ for straightforward conversion to LNG propulsion.
A company spokesperson described the additional orders as the ‘workhorses’ of the expanding fleet, as they have the durability and flexibility to operate on any of the network and offer complete interchangeability to cater for the demands of the differing trades. The company sees this as giving a key advantage in this segment and allows it to adapt to customer demands or changing market conditions very rapidly.
These orders fit with CLdN's ambition to develop an additional 70% capacity over the next four years and the Ports Division, C.Ro Ports has now embarked on preparing Terminal infrastructure to be ready for the arrival of the new ships, which will commence delivery Quarter 3 2017.
Source: www.multimodal.org.uk, March 2016