DFDS Seaways’ long-established Immingham-Gothenburg route, originally launched under the Tor Line banner, has direct competition since newly-founded Swedish company North Sea RoRo launched a three return sailings a week service to and from the Humber, and also with vessels built in Germany by FSG.
Sailings between Killingholme and Gothenburg began on 24 January using the 22,900gt UK-flagged sisters Beachy Head and Longstone, delivered in 2003, completing a four-ship series from Flensburger Schiffsbau. With sisters Hurst Point and Eddystone, delivered in 2002, they are owned by Andrew Weir offshoot Foreland Shipping.
Two further vessels, built in Belfast to the same design by Harland and Wolff, appeared in 2002 and 2003 as Hartland Point and Anvil Point. DFDS operate Immingham-Gothenburg sailings daily except Mondays with three ships on 26-hour passage times.