Ferry Operator Increases Freight Capacity on European and Irish Routes
Stena Line Adds New RoRo Vessel Before Christmas UK – EUROPE – Stena Line has announced that it is increasing sailings on its Belfast to Liverpool route as well as bringing a second RoRo vessel into service on its Rotterdam to Killingholme route in response to increased demand by freight operators and in anticipation of the pre-Christmas boost in tonnage requirements.
The company says that in response to demand for increased services from Rotterdam/Europoort to Killingholme it is introducing the Caroline Russ from 31 October. The ship will join the current RoRo ship, the Stena Scotia, on the route and will mean an increase to six departures per week in each direction. The service to Europoort compliments Stena Lines other ferry service to the Hoek van Holland which is also serviced by two ships.
Annika Hult, Route Manager at Stena Line North Sea observed: “We have seen a strong growth in the transport market to the UK over the past several years. We introduced our freight ship the Stena Scotia in 2014 in order to accommodate growing volumes of traffic.
I am very pleased to announce that we will now take the next step in the strategic development of our Rotterdam (Europoort) – Killingholme route.” Stena has also announced that in October it will also be boosting their capacity on the busy Belfast-Liverpool service in support of the retail sector as it starts to ramp up for its key pre-Christmas trading period by adding an extra two sailings per week, from 21 October until 16 December. The extra sailings will provide increased freight capacity for up to 2,000 more freight units across the Irish Sea at a crucial time for businesses seeking to maximise their Christmas trade.
Richard Horswill, Stena Line’s Head of Freight (UK and Ireland) said: “The extra sailings we have announced today represent an additional 25% capacity on our Belfast-Liverpool freight only service with departures times designed to optimise customer delivery schedules. Putting extra capacity on now comes at a critical time for many businesses who rely on pre-Christmas sales to make a success of their trading year.
As the largest operator on the Irish Sea, we have the flexibility to respond to the needs of the market and deploy additional freight capacity where and when it’s most needed.”
Photo: The Caroline Russ.