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PUBLISHED: 
7 Mar 2024

New Cork to Rotterdam Shipping Route to Commence

Shipping firm CLdN is to introduce a new route into Cork this month. The Luxembourg firm will operate a new LoLo (Lift-On/Lift-Off) service into Cork from Rotterdam, catering specifically to short-sea cargoes. 
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This new weekly service is set to commence operations on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

In response to high levels of customer demand to move freight between Ireland and mainland Europe, CLdN has chartered two 962 TEU (20ft equivalent units) cargo vessels, MV Pavo J and MV Andromeda J, to ship cargo between CLdN Distriport in Rotterdam, Dublin and Cork.

Port of Cork Company chief commercial officer Conor Mowlds expressed his enthusiasm regarding this development. 

"The Port of Cork is delighted with the news of CLdN's service expansion in Cork with their new LoLo service from Rotterdam. This marks an important milestone in our ongoing partnership with CLdN and further strengthens Cork's position as a vital hub for maritime trade in the region.

“CLdN has been a valued customer of the Port of Cork Company, which currently operates a Con-Ro (Container-Roll-on/Roll-off) service twice weekly from Ringaskiddy Cork, to the Port of Zeebrugge. 

"Over the past three years, this service has experienced significant growth, showcasing the increasing demand for efficient shipping solutions between Cork, Zeebrugge, and beyond.” 

The introduction of the new LoLo service from Rotterdam into Cork will complement CLdN's existing Con-Ro service, providing enhanced flexibility for their customers to transport cargo between these key ports. This strategic expansion not only benefits CLdN and the Port of Cork but also contributes to facilitating smoother trade flows between Ireland and Europe and fostering economic growth in the region.