Freight News, Sea

Stena buys Celtic Link

[ February 26, 2014   //   ]

Stena Line has acquired Irish-owned Celtic Link ferry service which operates from Rosslare to Cherbourg. Celtic Link currently provides a three times weekly service with the Mv Celtic Horizon, which has a capacity of 120 freight units, 1,000 passengers and 200 cars.

Stena’s route manager (Irish Sea South) Ian Davies described the move as “a key strategic investment for Stena Line and one which will help stimulate and strengthen new and existing opportunities for trade between Ireland, France and beyond.  With confidence in the Irish economy strengthening, we see positive long term growth in freight traffic from the Continent.”

He added that the Celtic Horizon will continue to operate a year- round service

Stena Line’s chief operating officer, Michael McGrath, said it was “an important milestone for Stena Line as for the first time in our history we will be able to offer a direct ferry link between the Republic of Ireland and the Continent.

The current service sails from Rosslare at 21.30 on Tuesday and Thursday with a Saturday sailing at 16.00.  From Cherbourg the schedule is 21.00 on Wednesday and Friday with a Sunday sailing at 16.00 with a journey time of about 17 hours.

Final details are currently being concluded and Stena Line hopes to take over the running of the service from 31 March.



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