DFDS axes 86 jobs in Grimsby and Immingham

DFDS axes 86 jobs in Grimsby and Immingham

DFDS axes 86 jobs in Grimsby and Immingham

DFDS have axed 86 jobs in Grimsby and Immingham as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The figure makes up nearly 10 per cent of the 1,000-strong workforce for DFDS in North East Lincolnshire.

A total of 62 roles will be lost in the Immingham ferries and terminals business.

24 will be lost in logistics in Grimsby.

Overall, 650 jobs are to be lost across the entire European operations, as the economic impact of coronavirus hits the ports.

At the peak of the pandemic, the shipping giant has seen 12 of the 50 freight vessels it operates laid up.

The company is anticipating losses of £200 million this financial year.

Andrew Byrne, managing director, said:

“The unexpected Covid-19 pandemic left no company in the travel and transport sector unaffected.

“As a ferry and logistics company, DFDS has experienced that passenger numbers, freight volumes and terminal activity dropped dramatically.

“Throughout our network, restrictions are being lifted, manufacturers are resuming operations, and government support measures are ending, and we are now seeing the outlines of a new normal.

“However, it will not be a return to the situation before the crisis. We are facing a world with less freight and fewer passengers to carry.

“Consequently, we are adapting our structure, staff and costs to the business that will emerge from Covid-19.

“We regret this situation, which affects many good colleagues.

“With the measures being implemented, we are confident that it will allow us to regain growth and profitability, maintain our ambitions to deliver excellent customer services and continue being an attractive employer.”

He added that staff and trade union consultations have begun, and all employees have been made aware of the situation.

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