DFDS buys Shetland fish transport firm

DFDS, the big Danish transport company, has acquired Lerwick based Haulage Shetland, whose main activity is delivering fresh fish under temperature controlled conditions.
Eddie Green, executive vice president of DFDS Logistics Division, said: ‘The acquisition of Shetland Transport enhances DFDS’ service offering to our many customers, including an even more robust logistics platform in Scotland for the aquaculture industry.’
Haulage Shetland, which trades under the name Shetland Transport, is a well known company in Shetland and northern Scotland where it has a distribution warehouse in Aberdeen . It operates a fleet of 28 tractor vehicles and 128 trailers.
Since 1982, Shetland Transport has provided transport services to and from the islands of Shetland and Orkney to the UK mainland via Aberdeen.
Shetland Transport’s revenue was £10 million (DKK 84m) in 2015/2016 and the company has 55 employees.
DFDS said the acquisition of Shetland Transport adds further temperature controlled warehousing and distribution capabilities to its similar existing activities in Scotland. The acquisition is expected to support DFDS’ goal of a 10 per cent return on invested capital from the outset.
Two years ago DFDS bought Quayside Distribution, the big Grimsby based seafood transport and cold storage company.