Ferry operator DFDS is set to welcome two new ferries into its fleet later this year – but it won't be expanding its fleet.
Instead, the company will be swapping two of its ferries with two currently belonging to Italian operator Moby.
The duo have entered an agreement in which DFDS will acquire two passenger ferries; Moby Wonder, built in 2001, and Moby Aki, built in 2005.
In exchange, the ferry operator will be giving up King Seaways, built in 1987, and Princess Seaways, built in 1986.
These currently serve DFDS' Newcastle-Amsterdam route. The same route will be served by the new ships joining the fleet later this year.
DFDS gave ferry enthusiasts a sneak peek of the new ships as it released artists' impressions of the new offerings, which will feature the brand's iconic blue-and-white design.
It also revealed that the ships will be renamed when they join the fleet, although at this stage no names have been decided.
The new ferries are expected to be delivered in the second half of October 2019, at which point they will undergo extensive refurbishments. The company has said this will include "commercial and technical investments on board as well as port investments".
DFDS will subsequently bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways until January and February 2020.
Kasper Moos, Vice President & Head of BU Short Routes & Passengers at DFDS, said: "The new ferries are ideally suited to our Newcastle to Amsterdam route.
"They will provide our passengers with modern onboard facilities and with more car-deck capacity, the new tonnage will allow DFDS to increase passenger revenue by fulfilling the growing demand for high yield car passengers.
"To freight customers, we will be able to offer increased capacity that can remain constant throughout the entire year."
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