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Strong Volumes on Belfast Ferry Routes

3rd August 2017
Stena Superfast VIII, one of a pair that operates the Belfast-Cairnryan route Stena Superfast VIII, one of a pair that operates the Belfast-Cairnryan route Photo: Stena Line

#ferry - Strong volumes have been recorded by Stena Line on the ferry firms services out of Belfast for the first six months of 2017.

To the end of June, freight volumes increased +5%, passengers and cars grew +4% year on year. The fastest growing sector was coaches recording a record +19% increase.

The operator has three services from Belfast Harbour which provide up to 14 daily crossings options between its Cairnryan, Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Heysham services.

Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director (Irish Sea North) commented: “Despite operating in a highly competitive environment, we have delivered a very strong set of volume increases across all of our three Belfast services. Despite intense competition, our freight volumes have increased with demand particularly high on our Belfast-Liverpool service. The rise in coach volumes has been assisted significantly by the increasing demand for day visits and from Chinese tour parties.”

Paul Grant added: “Stena Line continues to invested heavily in its Belfast hub. Earlier this month, our parent company made a significant capital investment in acquiring the Superfast VII and VIII vessels which currently operate on our Belfast-Cairnryan service under charter agreement. We will take full ownership of the vessels in December which will be another important milestone in the future development of our Belfast business hub".

"We are hopeful that the second half of 2017 will deliver another positive set of results and call on local politicians to get our Executive up and running to help face up to Brexit challenges and assist in delivering key infrastructure projects such as the York St Interchange and working with their Scottish counterparts on A75 road upgrades to improve infrastructure connections to key markets.”

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