CLdN launches new Rotterdam-Ireland services

CLdN launches new Rotterdam-Ireland services

CLdN has announced the launch of new services between Rotterdam and Ireland and has expanded capacity between Rotterdam and the UK.

CLdN has chartered two 962 TEU lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) cargo vessels (MV Pavo J and MV Andromeda J) that will ship container cargo between the recently acquired Distriport terminal in Rotterdam and Dublin and Cork.  

The introduction of the new LoLo services will also enable an optimisation of CLdN’s RoRo fleet deployment, thereby increasing capacity on the routes between Rotterdam and the UK.

The addition of the new services responds to high levels of customer demand to move freight between Ireland and mainland Europe.

The two additional weekly LoLo sailings complement the three RoRo sailings operated by CLdN each week to and from Dublin.

These RoRo services will continue to operate from CLdN’s RoRo terminal in Rotterdam. The LoLo service to Cork complements the existing RoRo service operated by CLdN from its Zeebrugge terminal. The new services will be operational as from the week commencing 18 March.  

Following the addition of the new lines, CLdN will operate the following Irish services in each direction every week:  

Rotterdam ⟷ Dublin : 5 sailings

Rotterdam ⟷ Cork : 1 sailing         

Zeebrugge ⟷ Dublin : 2 sailings

Zeebrugge ⟷ Cork : 2 sailings 

Santander ⟷ Dublin : 2 sailings 

Liverpool ⟷ Dublin : 60 sailings

Heysham ⟷ Dublin : 6 sailings

In addition to the above direct sailings, CLdN reported it offers extensive transshipment possibilities to the East coast of England (London, Killingholme, and Teesport), Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and Sweden. CLdN also operates 11 weekly sailings between Heysham, UK, and Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland.

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Commenting on the additional capacity, Florent Maes, CEO of CLdN, said: “The addition of these services is a direct benefit of the recent Distriport acquisition and an example of CLdN’s ability to find innovative and timely solutions for its customers.

“The trade flows between Ireland and mainland Europe are significant and CLdN is pleased to be able to further expand its offering in this area.”

This time last year, PD Ports announced a new long-term deal with CLdN to bring additional weekly sailings to Teesport.

More recently, Broekman Logistics announced it is selling the Distriport terminal in Brittanniëhaven to CLdN.

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