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Stena Line officially commences Liverpool-Dublin freight route

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line officially commenced its new Liverpool (Birkenhead)-Dublin freight service on 15 February 2024. The addition of the new route is expected to further boost the company’s freight volumes following a record year on its Irish Sea services in 2023.

The first sailing on the new service left Dublin Port’s Terminal 5 at 6:30am. The return service will operate daily from Dublin in the morning, making the evening return journey from 12 Quays terminal in Birkenhead.

The addition of the new service will be Stena Line’s seventh route in the Irish Sea region complementing its Belfast-Cairnryan, Belfast-Heysham, Belfast-Liverpool, Dublin-Holyhead, Rosslare-Fishguard and Rosslare-Cherbourg services.

With Stena Horizon temporarily operating on the new Liverpool-Dublin route, the company is currently assessing ship deployment options for a permanent freight-only vessel.

The new service will provide freight customers on both sides of the Irish Sea with even more choice when it comes to securing an efficient and reliable connection between Britain and Ireland.

Paul Grant, Trade Director (Irish Sea), Stena Line said:

“We are excited to launch our much-anticipated new freight route between Liverpool and Dublin, securing a key trading route across the Irish Sea. With two services now operating from both Dublin Port and 12 Quays in Birkenhead, we’re expanding our operational hubs in both ports creating more efficiencies for our customers.

“Currently, we have deployed the Stena Horizon temporarily, but we hope to be able to confirm a permanent solution soon that will help to maximise freight capacity and boost trade volumes.”

Barry O’Connell, CEO, Dublin Port Company, said:

“We are pleased to welcome Stena Line’s new Dublin-Liverpool route, which will provide freight customers with a choice of routes across the Irish Sea. It is essential to the Irish economy that we have strong, reliable connections to Great Britain and this dedicated freight service helps to secure a key trading corridor.”

In 2023, Stena Line signed an agreement with Peel Ports to operate at the 12 Quays Terminal until the year 2100, demonstrating the company’s long-term commitment to the region.

Photo by Steve Corish

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