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CLdN moves to strengthen Iberian freight service to the UK & Ireland

Short sea Ro-Ro specialist CLdN RoRo has announced it will offer a twice weekly service between Santander and both Liverpool and Dublin from week 14 of 2021. The change is a result of the individual services to Liverpool and Dublin being merged again. The company had previously been forced to offer totally separate services to the ports as a direct result of Brexit.

CLdN is taking advantage of its status as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) to reinstate its Santander-Liverpool-Dublin-Santander triangular service. AEO status means the company complies with the strictest customs, safety, and security regimes. This allows the company to combine intra EU and non-EU sailings.

A CLdN Kawasaki Class vessel, deployed on the Santander – Liverpool - Dublin triangle trade. Image: CLdN Ro-Ro SA.
A CLdN Kawasaki Class vessel, deployed on the Santander – Liverpool – Dublin triangle trade. Image: CLdN Ro-Ro SA.

A ship will leave Santander each Saturday and Wednesday, arriving in Liverpool on Monday and Friday and subsequently calling at Dublin on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s before returning to Santander. Unlike the previous services, Porto (Leixões) is not part of the itinerary. The Portuguese port was also recently dropped from the direct UK and Ireland services.

Image: CLdN Ro-Ro SA

A CLdN spokesman commented: 

”Driven by the success of our youngest unaccompanied routes from the Iberian Peninsula directly to the UK and Ireland, the market can benefit from increased capacity and frequency shortly. Allowing our customers to increase turnaround times of their equipment and rely on a robust service bypassing the Landbridge, with its administrative burdens. We are confident this will give a boost to our services and is the right answer to growing market demand, the modal shift from accompanied to unaccompanied transport and to designing sustainable supply chains with a low carbon footprint“

CLdN RoRo SA press release

The reinstatement of the triangular service linking the UK, Ireland, and Iberia follows the announcement that CLdN will offer additional sailings from Zeebrugge to the UK and Ireland.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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