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Ferry Firm Stena Adds New Dublin-Cherbourg Route, As Hauliers Warn of Major Problem

16th January 2021
The Stena Estrid will operate on the new weekend Dublin-Cherbourg route. AFLOAT adds the ferry firm will compete with Irish Ferries, to become the second operator serving on the Irish capital-mainland continental Europe route. The Stena Estrid will operate on the new weekend Dublin-Cherbourg route. AFLOAT adds the ferry firm will compete with Irish Ferries, to become the second operator serving on the Irish capital-mainland continental Europe route. Credit: RTE News-twitter

Stena Line is to further increase its freight-ferry capacity direct from Ireland to continental Europe in response to increased post-Brexit demand by adding a new weekend sailing from Dublin to Cherbourg.

The new service, reports RTE News, will start next Saturday and will result in a temporary reduction in weekend capacity on the Dublin to Holyhead route, where demand has dropped dramatically since 1 January.

The new route will use the Stena Estrid, while the Stena Adventurer will continue to operate on the Holyhead route at weekends.

Trade volumes across the Irish Sea are down substantially on normal levels due to new customs procedures and systems that were introduced when the UK became a third country on 1 January.

Hauliers and freight operators have complained of delays in getting goods through customs on both sides of the Irish Sea, due to the challenges.

For much click here including the impact on filling supermarket shelves.

The move by Stena follows that of rivals Irish Ferries, which Afloat reported on the reintroduction last week of W.B.Yeats, but months in advance of a scheduled resumption on the Dublin-Cherbourg route. This development was also in response to a surge in demand from freight hauliers.

Just before lunchtime today, Afloat tracked Stena Embla (sister of the 'Estrid') complete its maiden commercial round trip on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route.

The brand new 'E-Flexer' Ro-Pax ferry was pressed early into service to provide temporary capacity to the French route's existing two-ship service.

The Chinese built ship however is as planned to enter the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route joining another sister the Stena Edda. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 17 routes in Northern Europe operating 25,000 sailings each year. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line has 4,300 employees and an annual turnover of 14 billion SEK.

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