Wexford Independent TD and former President of the IRHA, (Irish Road Haulage Association) Verona Murphy has welcomed the announcement by Stena Line today – 10th December – of an additional vessel on the Rosslare Europort to Cherbourg route and the doubling of weekly sailings. This will bring Stena Line frequency on the route from three to six times weekly each way direct services from January 2021.
This follows the announcement just two weeks ago by DFDS of a new six times weekly each way direct service between Rosslare and Dunkerque, and means Rosslare Europort will be Ireland’s leading port connecting Irish industry to Europe, with up to 15 sailings each way weekly in 2021.
Speaking from Leinster House, Deputy Murphy has said “ this announcement goes further to opening up markets for Irish businesses. It is long overdue and is greatly welcomed by hauliers and businesses alike. The recent IMDO report was gravely misleading and incorrect and caused immense apprehension amongst the haulage industry who have first hand experience of the lack of ferry capacity for RORO traffic to and from Ireland. The report in particular, put the announcement of the new DFDS ferry service in serious jeopardy. Todays announcement from Stena Line further supports the RORO capacity needed to service import and export trade.
The Independent TD continued “Significant government investment into Rosslare Europort, in the region of €200 million, is now needed without delay so as not to hinder capacity and future trade opportunities. Irelands economy is dependent on the growth of Rosslare Europort. Government can no longer ignore the fact that Rosslare is Irelands most strategically placed port and that Port development is pivotal in securing Irelands import and export trades, Irish businesses and Irish jobs.”
Ms. Murphy concluded by commending Stena Line on their forward thinking in light of the Brexit chaos which will ensue in January 2021 and Europort manager Glenn Carr for his ongoing work with stakeholders in developing the port into Irelands gateway with Europe.