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Charter to boost Stena’s freight space to Belfast

[ August 19, 2020   //   ]

Stena Line is chartering the Seatruck Panorama to boost freight capacity on its Belfast to Liverpool and Belfast to Heysham routes. 

Following the dramatic COVID related drop in freight volumes, the operator was forced to remove one freight ship from its Belfast hub which resulted in reduced capacity and frequency. 

However, it has seen an increase in freight demand during summer and anticipates that extra capacity is required for the traditionally busy Autumn period as well as the expected increase in pre-Brexit trade activity.

The freight-only ship is expected to start service on 2 September and will make 10 sailings weekly between Belfast and Liverpool/Heysham,  increasing freight capacity by 28% and boosting frequency from 46 to 56 weekly crossings.

In January 2021, capacity will be increased still further when the new Stena Embla joins its Belfast – Liverpool service, replacing the smaller Stena Mersey. Stena already operates the sister ships Stena Edda and Stena Estrid.