Northern Ireland’s biggest ferry operator Stena Line has announced eight additional sailings over three days in response to freight demand. Additionally, the third ship on the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route will return on Monday.
The additional sailings are as follows:
Saturday 23rd January
Belfast to Cairnryan: 1930hrs
Cairnryan to Belfast: 1930hrs
Belfast to Heysham: 2030hrs
Heysham to Belfast: 2030hrs
Sunday 24th January
Belfast to Birkenhead: 1030hrs
Birkenhead to Belfast: 1030hrs
Monday 25th January
Belfast to Cairnryan: 0330hrs
Cairnryan to Belfast: 0345hrs
She makes her return to the “shoulder” service with a 15:15 departure from Belfast on Monday. This means up to three freight departures in each direction per day will be offered on the route again.
Stena’s Busiest Freight Port
Belfast is Stena Line’s busiest port in terms of freight movements. Some 542,000 freight vehicles passed through the port in 2019 on Stena Line services. The entire Stena Line organisation carried 2.1m freight vehicles in same year, making Belfast the busiest freight port for the company.
STENA HORIZON, which has been undergoing maintenance in Belfast, is due to leave for Rosslare early on Saturday to take up service to Cherbourg on Saturday night.
The sailings on the route between Rosslare and Cherbourg this Saturday and Sunday have been retimed. This is likely as a result of the additional round trip being offered by STENA ESTRID between Dublin and Rosslare this weekend.
Stena Line’s Rosslare-Fishguard route continues to have one round trip a day instead of the usual two. This reduction looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
GB-Dublin Freight Recovering Post-Brexit?
According to Stena Line on Twitter, freight going through Holyhead is currently 50% down on last year. This is an increase on the previously published figure of 70% down, suggesting that freight volumes are also recovering on the central corridor post-Brexit.