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Stena takes over Celtic Link route

[ April 4, 2014   //   ]

Stena Line has started operating the Rosslare-Cherbourg ferry service following its acquisition of the route from Celtic Link. It is the company’s first direct ferry link between Ireland and the Continent and will operate an all year round service with three weekly sailings in each direction with space for up to 120 freight units per sailing. Stena Line will operate the 28,000 tonne MV Stena Horizon (formerly the MV Celtic Horizon) on the route from Rosslare at 21.30 on Tuesday and Thursday with a Saturday sailing at 16.00. From Cherbourg the schedule is 21.00 on Wednesday and Friday with a Sunday sailing at 16.00 with a journey time of about 17 hours.

Richard Horswill, Stena Line’s head of freight UK and Ireland (pictured left) said: “We believe the timing is opportune for this development as improving economic data in Ireland and Europe points to the potential for increased traffic on this important commercial link between both regions.”

John Lynch, general manager Rosslare Europort commented: “There has been a lot of positive feedback from customers of the port since Stena Line confirmed it was acquiring the route and there is a sense of collective relief that the future of the route has now been safeguarded in the hands of a highly respected global ferry business.”