Short-sea operator CLdN Ro- Ro has expanded its service to Ireland following the addition of new vessels to its fleet. The carrier is deploying

dedicated vessels on its direct Rotterdam/Dublin route and has increased sailings from three to four in each direction It points out that the increased capacity on the direct route between Dublin and the Continent is coming onstream at a time when Brexit uncertainty is a major feature in clients’ planning. Three of the sailings will

be ro ro vessels, departing from Rotterdam on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Dublin Thursday, Saturday and Monday. In addition a lo lo vessel will sail ex-Rotterdam

on Saturday and ex-Dublin on Tuesday. CLdn says the expansion

will reduce its customers’ dependence on land bridge solutions and strengthen the direct Irish Continental trade. It adds that while its Zeebrugge/ Dublin service remains unchanged for the time being, the

intention is to develop

this route also, as additional tonnage comes on line. In a statement CLdN Ro-

Ro said: “These further developments are in line with CLdN’s long-term strategy, supported by substantial investments in both terminals and fleet, guaranteeing our customers continuity and a solid service on the Irish corridor for many years

another record

Dublin Port hit record levels of traffi c in 2018 for the fourth year in a row with growth of 4.3% to reach 38m gross tonnes. This brings overall growth in the fi ve years since economic recovery began in 2013 to 35.7%. Imports rose by 5.5% to 22.7mt

while exports by 2.5% to 15.3mt. Containers and freight


accounted for 82% of all cargo. Ro- Ro grew by 4.0% in 2018 to over one million units for the fi rst time (1,032,000). Lo-Lo container volumes also

grew by 4.0% to 726,000teu. While

nationally fi rst time

registrations of new trade vehicles declined by 2.5%, imports through Dublin increased by +4.1% to 103,000 during 2018 suggesting an increase in

the port’s share of the market. Bulk liquids - mostly petroleum

products - grew by 7.8% to 4.6m tonnes driven by increasing activity in the road transport and aviation sectors. Bulk solid commodities, such as animal feeds and cereals, also increased (16.8% to 2.4mt) during the year following poor weather conditions for agriculture over the previous 12 months. Dublin Port chief executive, Eamonn O’Reilly, said: “Every year

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from 1993 to 2007 was a record year in Dublin Port. In the past four years we have seen this pattern re- emerge, with 2018 the fourth year in a row for record growth. Volumes are now 23% higher than they were in 2007 before the crash.” He added that there had been

major increases in shipping capacity on services linking Ireland directly to Continental Europe to the extent that two and a half times more freight already moves on direct routes to Continental Europe than via the UK landbridge.

Port hits to come. It also shows the

company’s ability to adapt to challenging market conditions, and our customers’ demands, in a very flexible and rapid way.”

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