DFDS, a Danish shipping company, is introducing a new daily service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk.
It will take between 22 and 24 hours, Dunkirk is only 15km from the Belgian border, so it will give Irish companies direct access to the major European road networks.
Speaking moments ago, Senator Malcolm Byrne welcomed the news,
“This is a really welcome development and well done to the team at Rosslare. The government is committed to finding additional direct routes to the continent to avoid the UK landbridge and the potential Brexit mess.”
Deputy Verona Murphy, who has been heavily involved in securing this service, also reacted to the news this morning:
“This announcement has been work in progress since before my election as an Independent TD for Wexford. I have engaged on almost a daily basis with the major stakeholders over the past 8 months to secure this ferry service for Rosslare Europort. Commitment to the development of Rosslare Europort is a pledge I will continually engage on until the Port reaches it full potential.
The Port of Dunkerque is France’s biggest harbour on the North Sea in terms of total traffic throughout. The Ports location gives it a platform for goods consolidation and redistribution in Europe.
It goes without saying that this will be of huge benefit to Irish businesses, it allows export and import to mainland Europe to remain within the single market.
DFDS have honoured the call to ensure capacity on RORO ferries post Brexit.”
Minister James Browne TD commented,
“I am delighted to see confirmation of a new shipping route from Rosslare Europort to Dunkirk, operated by DFDS. This new route will be a game changer for the South East and the rest of the country when the route commences on January 1st 2021.
Having a new direct route to mainland Europe will be vital for trade, particularly if the expected delays at British Ports materialises as is predicted from December 31st.
I have advocated for a new route with numerous stakeholders in Government and in the industry. Recently I met with Minister for Trade Promotion Robert Troy TD on this very issue.
Recently, on my invitation Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne TD visited Rosslare Europort and met with General Manager of Rosslare Europort Glenn Carr, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Tom Enright, Gardaí Superintendent Jim Doyle, and Chair of Wexford County Council Cllr. Ger Carthy. At this meeting the future of the Port and new routes were discussed.
Today’s announcement is massively important for the South East. It secures our county as a key trading location for decades to come and will be hugely beneficial to Wexford and the wider region.”