20th anniversary for North Sea ferry route

Max Foster, managing director of DFDS Seaways, and Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat celebrate the 20th anniversary of DFDS Seaways at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal.' Picture by North News.
Max Foster, managing director of DFDS Seaways, and Port of Tyne chief executive Andrew Moffat celebrate the 20th anniversary of DFDS Seaways at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal.' Picture by North News.

A link between North Shields and Europe has been celebrating a special milestone.

Bosses at DFDS Seaways and the Port of Tyne are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route, which has carried an estimated ten million passengers so far.

The route’s popularity is testament to the hard work and dedication of our ship and shore-side teams

Max Foster, DFDS Seaways passenger director

Max Foster, DFDS Seaways passenger director, said: “We are really proud of the ferry service that we operate between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

“The route’s popularity is testament to the hard work and dedication of our ship and shore-side teams, who work tirelessly to provide all our guests with a fun, relaxing and comfortable way to travel to continental Europe and to make their journey with us the perfect beginning and end of any European break.”

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, said: “The Newcastle to Amsterdam route is an important gateway to north east England and a very significant driver for the region’s tourist economy.”

“We are proud to have a long term relationship with DFDS.

“Whilst there have been passenger routes for almost 100 years, the Port of Tyne developed the International Passenger Terminal in the 1990s, and has continued to invest in it and passenger services.

“As a result, around £55m per year is added to the regional economy supporting many jobs in the tourism sector.”

Princess Seaways and King Seaways are the two sister ferries that operate a daily service on the route.

In the 20 years since the service began, the ferries have sailed almost four million nautical miles – enough to circumnavigate the globe almost 200 times.

Mr Foster added: “A key element of the route’s success has also been the passengers that we bring into the north east, particularly from The Netherlands and Germany.

“They are not only important to us, but also play a significant role in helping to boost the regional economy and that of Scotland.”

To view some of the most memorable events or share your own memories of the DFDS Seaways service over the last 20 years, visit http://ferrygoodmemories.dfdsseaways.co.uk/