If DFDS are closing perhaps what was once their most iconic route they have made a bid for a wholly new direction and large scale expansion by attempting to acquire the ground breaking 12 ship freight operation of the Turkish company UN Ro-Ro operating modern Flensburg built freighters.
The company commenced in 1994 and was acquired by New York investors in 2007 who now want to sell their stake. UN Ro-Ro, with state of the art Flensburg built ships, must have transformed freight links between Central and Southern Europe and Turkey having developed long-distance routes linking Pendik (Istanbul) with Trieste, Toulon and also Damietta (Egypt). These routes by-pass multiple borders and varied substandard trunk roads giving the sea-born alternative obvious advantages for speed and reliability. It is easy to see why DFDS would welcome this well developed new addition to their ferry empire.
Domestic Turkish interests are also bidding but whoever wins the excellent modern fleet, their contribution to keeping the freight flowing to and from Turkey would seem unlikely to change. They did have their own major incident in 2008 when the UND Adriyatic 22,900,’01 had a major fire off the Croatian coast en voyage Pendik to Trieste. She was sold soon after and apparently rebuilding was unfeasible and she was scrapped in 2010.