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The transformation of Danish group DFDS is one of the more enduring stories of the European freight business. Over a decade ago it was a truly multimodal operator, before DSV bought its haulage arm in a classic minnow-eating-the-monster yarn. But now it is one of the chief architects in the consolidation of Europe’s ferry and ro-ro sector, and this deal with LD Lines sees it venture beyond the north to the sunny climes of the Med.