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As BBC News reports, the Irish port of Rosslare (Europort) hopes Brexit will be good for it as increasing numbers of hauliers seek to avoid the UK land bridge as the UK prepares to leave the EU. 

That is because of fears about (ferry-related) traffic delays at Holyhead in Wales and Dover in Kent.

Two hours before dawn it is dark at Rosslare port in County Wexford, as a roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry arrives from Wales to dock.

First light brings more ships; some from Wales, others from France and twice weekly from Bilbao in Spain.

The port is busy as the trucks leave with their cargoes for destinations all over Ireland.

But the hope is that because of Brexit and increased paper work it will get even busier.

For further reading on the increasingly important role of the ro-ro ferryport click here. 

Published in Ferry

#ferryports - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport writes The Irish Times, has admitted that there would be checks on lorries coming into the Republic of Ireland from the UK via Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“I would anticipate that there would be checks,” Mr Ross told reporters at a briefing on the Government’s latest plans to deal with the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

The Minister was answering a question about whether a lorry carrying agri-food produce from Scotland into the Republic via Northern Ireland would face border checks.

“Well no,” said Tánaiste Simon Coveney, intervening after Mr Ross answered, saying that the Border would be dealt with through the divorce deal, just hours before the UK parliament overwhelmingly rejected it.

Mr Coveney said that the Government had “deliberately not” gone into contingency plans for dealing with the Border in a no-deal scenario because the UK had not voted on the plan.

“If Britain leaves without a deal well, then we obviously have to difficult discussions with the European Commission and with the UK in terms of how we protect the EU single market,” he said.

The Tánaiste said the Government could discuss no-deal contingency plans for Dublin Port and Rosslare because there was not the same “political sensitivity” around those as with the Border.

Delays At Irish Ferryports 

Mr Ross, setting out transport no-deal contingency plans, conceded that post-Brexit delays on the UK landbridge would be “a major difficulty” for perishable goods or short shelf-life goods.

He identified the Irish, UK and French ports, in particular Dublin, Rosslare, Dover in England and Calais in France, the main “pinch-points” where delays would emerge.

The Minister insisted that “the initial findings” of a review of shipping routes was that there was enough capacity on direct ferries travelling to continental Europe to provide an alternative for Irish importers and exporters to avoid delays on the landbridge from a no-deal Brexit.

Checks at Irish, UK and French ports “could provoke a difficult situation” for the €21 billion worth of goods that rely on the landbridge for €21 billion worth of trade with the EU.

Mr Ross said he was satisfied that the shipping sector “can respond quickly” to meet demands for further capacity on direct sea routes with the EU.

The new Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats (see Afloat's Dublin Port story)  would be “pivotal” in creating more capacity, he added. 

He had two discussions with the company about its decision to cease its Rosslare to France direct route in favour of operating directly from Dublin and this was because of “extra capacity.”

He was “almost certain,” he said, that an inter-department body was considering a simulation exercise, similar to one carried out near Dover, to assess the impact of Brexit-related traffic jams.

Dublin Port, the country’s busiest port, was expecting disruptions in a no-deal scenario, he said.

“The volume of trade with the UK and the scale of the checks required when the UK becomes a third country will likely result in delays of goods moving through the ports,” he said.

He expects no disruptions in air travel to materialise. Ryanair’s “template” to meet post-Brexit EU majority ownership rules was “ready to go” and Aer Lingus was confident that it would comply too.

 

 

Published in Ferry

Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!

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