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WEC launches Iberia-Ireland-Liverpool link

[ June 11, 2024   //   ]

WEC Lines is to launch a direct, weekly service linking Portugal and Spain with Ireland and the UK on 29 June. It will be operated by an 812teu WEC-owned vessel in a fixed-day rotation, departing Bilbao on Saturdays, arriving in Dublin on Mondays, and Liverpool on Tuesdays.

Managing director WEC Lines UK As Roger Megann, said: “WEC Lines has been active in the Irish market for over 30 years from Portugal and following our successful entry into the Spanish market in 2021 by connecting Bilbao to Liverpool our clients in both trades have been requesting WEC Lines to add Dublin and offer a wider product scope,” adding: “This was further encouraged when WEC Lines entered the reefer market at the beginning of 2024 as there is a strong reefer trade between Ireland, Spain and Portugal.”

 Dutch-owned WEC will now call in Liverpool twice a week, as it is also a port of call in the existing NSC UK/PT service. The route also integrates with WEC Lines’ rail connections between Bilbao and Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Zaragoza, and Agoncillo (La Rioja) as well as its existing short sea linkages with Setúbal, Leixões, Vigo, Gijón, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Casablanca, and Agadir.

Managing director WEC Lines España, Patrick Ram, added: “We are delighted with this new upgrade and expansion of our current services, adding a weekly direct service to Dublin from Bilbao from where we connect with our sustainable, weekly rail network to inland Spain. This also creates new opportunities from Canary Islands, Gijón and Vigo in line with our goals of continuously adding value to our products and our commitment to providing the best customer service to our clients.”

 The service can carry 20′, 40′ DV/HC/HCPW, 45′ HCPW, 45ft reefers, 20′, 40′ flats, and open top containers.