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Stena celebrates quarter century between Dublin and Holyhead

[ November 18, 2020   //   ]

Stena Line celebrated the 25th anniversary of its ferry operations between Dublin Port and Holyhead on 18 November. During its quarter century on the route, it has carried over 3.5 million freight units, 12 million passengers and almost 3 million cars. 

If all vehicles that  have travelled with Stena Line to and from Dublin Port were laid end to end, they would circle the entire globe.

Then trading as Stena Sealink, the first vessel to sail on the new service in 1995 was the Stena Traveller. Today the ferry company operates the Stena Adventurer and the recently-built Stena Estrid, the first of three next generation ro pax vessels commissioned for the Irish Sea.

Over the last 25 years, Stena Line has invested significantly in the Dublin to Holyhead route as volumes have increased significantly both in freight and leisure travel numbers. 

“The establishment of our Dublin Port-Holyhead operation 25 years ago today has been something of a game changer for us on the Irish Sea,” said

Stena Line trade director (Irish Sea) Paul Grant, said: “Holyhead has been a strategically important commercial gateway between Britain and Ireland for well over a century.  Back in 1995 it was clear that Dublin Port was able to offer Stena Line the future expansion opportunities we required to help develop our business potential in the region, and that vision has now been rewarded. 

“Today the service is one of Stena Line’s best performing Irish Sea routes which is why it was chosen to receive the first of the company’s three new build ferries, Stena Estrid, in January of this year. “However, no amount of foresight or planning could have factored in the devastating impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, but I am proud of the key role that Stena Line and my colleagues have played in helping to keep vital food and medical supply lines operational between Ireland and Britain throughout this crisis.”