Stena Line launches Dublin-Liverpool freight route

Stena Line launches Dublin-Liverpool freight route

Stena Line, a ferry and port operator, has officially launched its new Dublin-Liverpool (Birkenhead) freight service.

The new route is projected to increase the company’s freight volumes after a record year in 2023.

According to Peel Ports, the inaugural sailing on the new service departed Dublin Port’s Terminal 5 on the morning of 15 February.

The return service will depart from Dublin in the morning and return in the evening from Birkenhead’s 12 Quays terminal.

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The new service will be Stena Line’s seventh route in the Irish Sea area, joining: Belfast-Cairnryan, Belfast-Heysham, Belfast-Liverpool, Dublin-Holyhead, Rosslare-Fishguard, and Rosslare-Cherbourg.

Stena Horizon is temporarily operating on the Dublin-Liverpool route. The company is reportedly evaluating alternatives for a permanent freight-only vessel.

The new service will reportedly provide freight clients on both sides of the Irish Sea more options for ensuring an efficient and stable link between Ireland and Britain.

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Paul Grant, Trade Director (Irish Sea), Stena Line, said: “We are excited to launch our much-anticipated new freight route between Dublin and Liverpool, securing a key trading route across the Irish Sea.

“With two services now operating from both Dublin Port and 12 Quays in Birkenhead, we’re expanding our logistics hubs in both ports creating more efficiencies for our customers.”

Phil Hall, Port Director Liverpool, Peel Ports Group, stated: “We are delighted to be supporting this new freight route as part of our long-standing partnership programme with Stena-Line, which further enhances trade opportunities, efficiency and capability for our customers.”   

In December 2023, Stena Line signed a significant deal with Peel Ports Group to operate from Heysham Port for the next 77-years until 2100.

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