A CRUISE ferry operator has been awarded the freedom of North Tyneside.
DFDS Seaways has been given the freedom of the borough in recognition of the contribution its sailings to and from North Shields make to the north east’s economy and tourism industry.
Arrangements will now be made for a formal ceremony later this year.
The Denmark-based firm employs 60 staff at its office at the international ferry terminal in North Shields, from which it operates a daily service to Ijmuiden, near Amsterdam.
More than 560,000 passengers travelled on the route last year, with growing numbers of continental visitors heading west from Holland and Germany on trips to the region.
DFDS Seaways passenger director John Crummie said: “We are honoured to receive the freedom of the borough from North Tyneside Council.
“To be recognised for the work we do to support the region’s tourism industry, and the service we provide, is something that all of our staff can be immensely proud of.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the council to ensure our passengers get the most out of their visit to the area.”