Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
UK, Denmark
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50.1 - Sea and coastal passenger water transport

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 April 2014
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2014
Foreseen end date
31 October 2014


DFDS Seaways, a passenger ferry company, has announced that it will cut 130 jobs as a result of the decision to terminate the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry route connecting the UK to Denmark which it operates.

The decision to terminate the ferry route, which constituted the only still operating ferry route between the UK and Scandinavia, was blamed by the company on the high costs necessary to comply with new environmental regulations restricting sulphur emissions, as well as on the dwindling number of passengers and increasing competition from low-cost airlines.

The 130 job losses will affect both on-board and on-shore workers, but it is not yet known how they will be split between the UK and Denmark. In its announcement, the company stated that most on-board workers may be redeployed to alternative ferry routes operated by the company.

For previous restructuring see DFDS 2008.


  • 30 April 2014: The Times
  • 30 April 2014: DFDS Seaways website


Eurofound (2014), DFDS Seaways, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 77003, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77003.