Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck, part of Clipper Group, has added capacity on its Heysham-Dublin daily service. The 105-trailer ro-ro ferry Clipper Point replaces the smaller Clipper Ranger, adding annual capacity of 25,000 extra spaces, and will enter service ahead of the opening of the M6 Link Road on October 31.
The change confirms the strategic importance of the route to Seatruck’s business. Service benefits from the P series vessel include greater trailer free height and faster turnaround time. Clipper Ranger will move to the Liverpool-Dublin route, supporting Seatruck’s midweek service period, which comprises 4 departures each way per day. This is Seatruck’s fastest growing freight service on the Irish Sea, with the company reporting that its total freight volumes have grown at roughly three times the market level.
CEO of Seatruck Ferries Alistair Eagles commented, “We have been planning for the opening of the M6 Link road for some time and it is no coincidence that we have chosen to upgrade our service offering from Heysham now. On the Liverpool-Dublin route, 4 daily sailings each way will offer an unrivalled freight-only frequency and an even stronger alternative for the traditional driver accompanied transit through Wales or Scotland. We have a firm belief in our business model, a strong team and the right infrastructure in place to take these next steps.”
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