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Celtic Link Add To Liverpool's Prominence In Irish Sea Freight

A new freight ferry service has been launched between Liverpool and Dublin, consolidating the Mersey's position as the major gateway for Irish Sea trade.

Celtic Link Ferries Limited is initially operating an evening sailing from Liverpool and a morning departure from Dublin. They plan to introduce a second vessel to double the service by mid-summer.





Managing Director Paul Tyrrell said the market's initial response to the service had been very positive. "Volumes have been very strong and the service has maintained schedule. We are now looking forward to the introduction of the second vessel."



The service from Liverpool's Brocklebank Dock to Terminal 4 on Dublin's Alexandra Road, is being operated by the Celtic Star with capacity for 70 trailers and accommodation for up to 12 accompanying drivers. The second vessel, due in July, is the Kilmore with a similar capacity.



Said Mr Tyrrell: "We believe there is a niche for another freight service between Liverpool and Dublin. Although our vessels can carry accompanying drivers, we are offering a predominantly unaccompanied trailer service across the Irish Sea."



Frank Robotham, Marketing Director for Peel Ports Group, owner of the Port of Liverpool, said: "We are delighted that the demand which has made Liverpool the leading British port for trade with Ireland has prompted yet another addition to the cluster of ro-ro and lo-lo ferry services which now account for more than 40% of all freight crossing the Irish Sea."



Celtic Link Ferries, which is registered in County Wexford, Ireland, also operates a mainly freight ferry service for both accompanied and unaccompanied traffic from Rosslaire to Cherbourg.



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