Seatruck leaps ahead on the Dublin-Liverpool route
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist will add larger 3rd vessel to the Dublin-Liverpool route from Monday, the 7th of March.
Seatruck Ferries current vessel will be replaced by a larger and faster P series vessel almost doubling the freight capacity with space for 110 trailers per sailing.
The third vessel on the route was only added in mid-November 2015 but has already attracted significant flows of new traffic since its introduction. The deployment of a proven P series vessel as the 3rd vessel to run alongside the 2 larger FSG vessels will ensure that Seatruck can deal with the strong and continued growth in their Dublin-Liverpool route. Mid-week, Seatruck now offers 3 sailing per day in each direction.
The vessel switch is in direct response to demand and feedback from the Seatruck customer base and the schedule has been tailored to reflect the changing needs of the Irish market. Crucially it will add further capacity during the busy midweek period. The 110 unit vessel will bring speed, schedule reliability, free height and even faster turnaround times in port. Drivers will appreciate the single berth en-suite cabins and comfortable lounge area. The ship also benefits from a ramp interface to the lower hold in place of a lift. Driver shortages are causing operators to reassess their traditional accompanied method. Seatruck Ferries believes in a switch to greater volumes of unaccompanied movements from ports, which reduces road mileage compared with the transit through Wales or Scotland. As economic conditions improve, this addition is the next stage in Seatruck Ferries’ strategic development plan. This positive move will complement the existing Seatruck services from Warrenpoint- Heysham and from Dublin-Heysham. The M6 Link road is nearing completion and will dramatically reduce the transit time to Heysham Port from junction 34 of the M6.
Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles comments; “Since the introduction of the 3rd vessel on the route volumes for Seatruck have grown quickly and strongly. I have absolutely no doubt that this switch to a larger vessel will allow operators to take further advantage of Seatruck Ferries services. As we approach our 20 year anniversary it seems fitting that we are continuing to listen carefully to the market and then reacting decisively and rapidly to their changing needs. We are all really excited about the extra space that we will soon be able to offer to both existing and new customers. 2016 will be a pivotal year for Seatruck with not only the additional capacity on this route but with the opening of the M6 link which will be a game changer for the development of our routes from the Port of Heysham”
Seatruck Ferries is a UK registered Freight Ferry operator with 3 routes on the Irish Sea. The company was established in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Clipper Group A/S. Seatruck has the youngest ferry fleet on the Irish Sea and is the only operator 100% dedicated to freight.
Clipper is an industry leader in dry-bulk with a modern fleet of approximately 100 handysize, supramax and ultramax vessels, transporting a wide range of cargo from dry bulk to break bulk. Clipper Fleet Management has around 30 vessels in technical management and runs a proprietary performance management solution COACH, covering more than 250 vessels globally. In addition to dry bulk, Clipper has investments in multipurpose vessels, ro-ro and ferry services and cruise ships. Clipper is commercially headquartered in Copenhagen, employs a staff of 200 on shore, and has offices in 10 countries.