The end of an era. The DFDS Service leaves Harwich for the last time.
The last passenger ferry service between the UK and Scandinavia is coming to an end.
The Harwich to Esbjerg route is due to reach Denmark for the final time in the afternoon of 29th September.
It’s the end of an era for the Essex port which saw the first DFDS Service arrive in 1880.
The company says passenger numbers have fallen from 300,000 to 80,000 over the years with cargo levels also dropping. On top of that new EU sulphur rules being introduced in January would have meant additional costs of around £2m a year.
Dovercourt and Harwich traders say passengers did not tend to visit the immediate area but any job losses at the port affect the town. It is believed that up to 50 jobs may have been lost in Harwich as a result of the service ending.
Stena Line offers twice daily crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland and a twice daily freight service from Harwich to Rotterdam. The company estimates that the more expensive low sulphur fuel will cost them an extra £41 million a year. As a result freight customers are expected to see prices go up by around 15%. The company says it will continue to monitor the impact on the business very closely.