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Ireland gets first US liner service in decades

[ May 28, 2020   //   ]

Ireland has gained its first direct container service to the US in many years with the launch of a new ICL service between Cork and the US East Coast.

The new route is set to start with the sailing of the Independent Vision on 6 June and will then depart the Irish port every Saturday arriving in the US 10 days later, offering Irish exporters the fastest delivery times.

Port of Cork chief executive Brendan Keating said: “The timing is perfect with the opening of our new €80 million Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy on the horizon, and has the potential to grow cargo volumes from and to Ireland. This is a fantastic strategic development for the Port of Cork as we look to develop Ringaskiddy as a modern logistics hub.”

ICL chief executive John Kirkland added: “Ireland is a market we have been keen to develop for a while and we sincerely hope the Irish trade support this commitment by ICL, to bring Ireland its first direct weekly service to the USA East Coast. We look forward to working with the Port of Cork with their exciting expansion plans.”

ICL already operates services between Southampton, Antwerp, Chester in Pensylvannia and Wilmington.