Freight News, Sea

Ferry freight remains buoyant

[ July 14, 2016   //   ]

Ro ro freight on the English Channel and the Irish Sea increased by 4.8% to 4.41 million units in 2015, according to figures published by industry group, Discover Ferries. Introducing its first-ever freight figures, Discover Ferries, which represents 12 UK and Irish operators, said that growth was driven by a strong economy and has continued this year, with freight increasing by 3.1 per cent in the half year to June to 2.26m units.

Discover Ferries’ director, William Gibbons, said: “These are very encouraging figures and they show that the ferry freight industry is in good health – driven by wider economic factors.

“The short sea routes have consistently been the powerhouse of the UK ferry industry but it is also encouraging to see such a good freight performance on the Western Channel and the Irish Sea. Ferry freight has proved to be resilient as business on the short sea routes increased despite disruption in June and July last year which led to a shortage of capacity.”