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Seatruck ups Liverpool-Dublin capacity

[ September 11, 2018   //   ]

Seatruck Ferries has increased capacity and frequency between Dublin and Liverpool by replacing its smallest vessel on the route, the Clipper Ranger, with a larger P series vessel offering almost twice the capacity.

It has also added additional Friday sailings, bringing its frequency on the route to 44 per week, or 78 per week across all three of its Irish Sea services.

Seatruck, which currently moves around 20% of total Irish Sea ro ro freight volumes, says that truck driver shortages are causing many operators to reassess their traditional accompanied method.

Capacity on Seatruck’s Warrenpoint to Heysham. route has just been increased by 30% with the introduction of the Seatruck Performance and Seatruck Precision.

Chief executive Alistair Eagles, said: “The recent vessel changes in Warrenpoint have allowed us to cascade additional modern tonnage onto our fast-growing Dublin – Liverpool route. The P series vessel is larger, faster and will improve schedule reliability in inclement weather.

“We are seeing unprecedented demand for unaccompanied trailer shipments across our network and with the driver shortage worsening we see this trend continuing. By switching to unaccompanied shipments our customers can ensure that they are using their resources in the most efficient way possible. The Dublin Liverpool route is now serviced by a modern fleet of purpose-built vessels offering unrivalled service for trailer operators with four midweek sailings per day in each direction.”