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Issue 3 2021 - Freight Business Journal

be a superb ‘partner port’,

with an ambitious plan to grow its services over the next decade. We also continue to cement our partnership with the port of Calais and are excited to be expanding our services to the port as it marks the fulfi lment of its multi-million- pound expansion project.” He added that launching a new

route was a strong indication of DFDS’ commitment to its customers and would help to boost both the UK and French economies.

The new service will also be

one of a handful of services from Calais to serve a port other than Dover, although P&O Ferries did operate a freight service to Tilbury before ceasing the operation at the height of the Covid crisis. Calais chairman Jean-Marc

Puissesseau, said it was: “A clear sign of confi dence in the ability of the port to create value for our clients. This new service will perfectly fi t with the rail motorways in operation in Calais coming from Italy, Spain and

Irish Ferries to launch Dover-Calais service

Irish Continental Group’s Irish Ferries’ arm is to launch services on the Dover-Calais

route in

June with the transfer of the Isle of Inishmore from the Irish Sea. Additional capacity will be

added in the coming months. The operator said the move

would help movement of freight between Ireland and Europe via the UK landbridge and signifi cantly strengthen

southern France.” London Medway port director Richard Goffi n, Port


added: “We’re delighted to welcome a new unaccompanied

capacity and reliability of the route. Hauliers can now use a single ferry fi rm on the Dublin - Holyhead, Rosslare - Pembroke and Dover - Calais routes, giving traders easier, cheaper, and quicker access to European markets through the Common Transit Convention. Passenger services will also be off ered, although the initial

freight service from DFDS. This is the fi rst ferry service since Olau Line ceased operating in 1994. Over the past year, we have Brexit-proofed a number of our

level will depend on the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions. The operator declined to give

further details of the schedule, but a single vessel operation would imply a frequency of, at best, fi ve return services each day. The 26-year-old Isle


Inishmore is currently deployed on the Rosslare-Pembroke route and has a freight capacity of about 120 trailers.

Stena restores sailings ahead of staycation surge

Stena Line is boosting its weekly sailings between Fishguard and Rosslare from 14 to 24. The Welsh port had seen services reduced due to lower demand from freight and passengers, as a consequence of the Covid-19 lockdowns and Brexit. However, with the easing of restrictions, and a hope that international tourist travel will resume shortly, Stena Line is anticipating a busy summer. The Fishguard-Rosslare route is particularly popular with tourists.

No quarantine, but

tests every two days for truckers

Your Partner in Ireland

A new Covid testing regime will apply to international arrivals in England from 6 April, including truck drivers. However, they will be one of a limited number of professions that will be exempt from quarantining in order to keep freight and other crucial industries moving. All hauliers staying in the

country for longer than two days are required to take a lateral fl ow test before the end of day two. Hauliers remaining in the country will then be required to take a

further test every three days – typically on days fi ve and eight. Hauliers will be able to access

testing at government information and advice sites – which provide hauliers with free coronavirus tests – or use workplace or community testing centres. There are also new legal

requirements to limit contact between the community and international hauliers. All hauliers arriving in the country now have to self-isolate in their cabs during their time in England, leaving only

for specifi c reasons such as to buy food, use a toilet, limited exercise or get a Covid-19 test, among others. These requirements will apply

for ten days aſt er arrival. Hauliers found breaking the rules could be fi ned up to £1,000. Hauliers that test positive at any

point throughout their journey in England, and that cannot secure a safe environment in which to self- isolate, will have to immediately self-isolate

in Government-

designated hotels. If they are able to safely self-isolate at home or with family or friends in the UK, they are expected to do so. Hauliers will be subject to regular

monitoring on arrival in England. The government says it is

confi dent new inbound testing

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ports, including London Medway, increasing resiliency to handle additional cargo to help reduce delays and maximise effi ciencies for customers to provide a more attractive proposition and UK entry point over other southern ports. “The combination of

challenges posed by Brexit and Covid-19 has exposed drivers and haulage companies to vulnerabilities in supply chains worldwide. This has resulted in many cargo owners and carriers re-assessing their transport plans


and choosing diff erent ports, diff erent shipping methods and switching transport modes in order to preserve supply chains. Given current restrictions surrounding international travel, stricter border controls and Covid-19 threats, one of the most standout benefi ts is that by using driverless methods, the risk of delays associated to those particular challenges is reduced.” DFDS

will provide further

information, including a detailed sailing schedule for the route, shortly before the service starts.

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