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Operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight-ferry route, DFDS have chartered the Drotten, a sister ropax from Scandinavian operator 'Destination Gotland'. The near 30,000 gross tonnage vessel replaces Optima Seaways, so to increase freight capacity between Ireland and mainland Europe. As above the ship is seen stern first making an inaugural arriving at the Wexford's port outer pier to undertake berthing trials in advance of commencing operations
Ferry changes yet again took place at Rosslare Europort as the ropax Drotten made a first arrival from Dunkirk, France, the bypass Brexit route that DFDS only launched this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat first became aware of the Drotten…
Brittany Ferries is to open a second route out of Rosslare to Cherbourg but by two months ahead of schedule to meet driving freight demand between Ireland and mainland Europe. The service is to be operated by Cap Finistère, at 204m long and of 33,000 gross registered tonnes. The ferry first entered service with the French operator in 2010, on long-haul routes connecting Portsmouth (UK) and Santander and Bilbao (Northern Spain). The ‘Superfast’ class ferry has plenty of space for drivers and passengers, with 265 en-suite cabins. The garage decks offer nearly 2km of space for freight vehicles, and the ferry is the fastest in the fleet with a top cruising speed of 28 knots.
Hot on the heals of Stena Line's new Dublin-Cherbourg route announced today, Brittany Ferries has also acted quickly to support the freight sector and meet the needs of an industry battling Brexit by confirming a new weekly Rosslare-Cherbourg service. As…
Stena Embla on her berth in Belfast in early January
Stena Line’s newest addition to its fleet, the brand-new Stena Embla ferry will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service. Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes…
The fast ropax vessel Visby operated the first 'inbound' sailing of DFDS new route from Dunkirk in northern France which arrived in Rosslare Europort last night at around 2200hrs. Visby was 'fully booked' with vital direct freight conveniently bypassing a post Brexit UK. In addition avoiding related UK/EU customs checks and potential traffic congestion.
The chartered Visby became the first freight-ferry of DFDS new Ireland-mainland Europe ro-ro route to operate the inaugural 'inbound' sailing from Dunkirk in France with an arrival in Rosslare Europort last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. As Afloat previously reported, the…
Rosslare Europort and hauliers alike welcomed the first arrival of the DFDS owned Optima Seaways this morning so to enable berthing trials prior to the launch of a new direct ro-ro freight-only route to Dunkirk, France on mainland continental Europe. This new 'Brexit-buster' service will avoid the UK Land-Bridge. AFLOAT also adds the direct Ireland-France route will be the first ever ro-ro route to transit straight through the entire English Channel as the French port is located on the North Sea and is east of Calais from where DFDS operate an existing service to Dover along with Dunkirk-Dover.
Rosslare Europort welcomed the first of three ro-ro freight-ferries, that DFDS will operate on the eagerly awaited new direct route to Dunkirk (Dunkerque) in northern France thus avoiding the UK's Brexit Land-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat tracked the Italian 'Visentini'…
Rosslare Port in County Wexford hopes it will be busier as a result of Brexit. Above ferries (l-r) serving UK, Spain and France occupy berths.
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…
The freight-only Stena Foreteller will join the Stena Horizon which already operates on the Rosslare - Cherbourg route
The Stena Foreteller is to be redeployed on the direct route to the Continent following border closures between the UK and France. As Afloat reported earlier, in light of recent international border closures which have seriously impacted freight flows, Stena…
Irish Exporters Association welcome added Rosslare-Cherbourg route capacity by Stena Line on the Ireland-mainland Europe route. AFLOAT adds the increased sailings will be operated by the 'freight-only' ferry Stena Foreteller as pictured above. The ro-ro vessel has 3,000 lane freight metres and can accommodate 12 freight drivers in single berth cabins. As for the existing passenger and ferry service this is served by ropax Stena Horizon.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the announcement that Rosslare Europort will from January 2021 accommodate an additional sailing to Cherbourg, operated by Stena Line. The additional 'freight-only' ferry, that will commence sailing from 4th January 2021, is a…
Stena Foreteller
Stena Line has today announced that it will add an additional freight-only vessel to its Rosslare to Cherbourg route from 4th January 2021. The Stena Foreteller will join the Stena Horizon which already operates on the route, doubling the freight…
EURO-route: The new service brings to 13 the number of direct sailings between Rosslare Europort and the European continent. Afloat adds the Danish based giant operator, DFDS is to launch the new direct ro-ro service on 1st January 2021, offering increased frequency, which will appeal to Irish hauliers to avoid the UK landbridge with new delays, customs clearance and checks of a post-Brexit. Above is ro-ro freightferry Gardenia Seaways which is part of DFDS extensive fleet.
A new ferry route between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk in northern France offering a six-day weekly service has been announced by logistics giant DFDS. The new direct ro-ro service is aimed at giving hauliers and the wider Irish industry sector…
File image of Rosslare Europort
Iarnród Éireann is inviting applications for the position of Harbour Master at Rosslare Europort. The closing date is Friday 29 October for suitably qualified candidates for the job — which would involve overseeing the safe and efficient management Ireland’s second-busiest…
Glenn Carr, general manager of Rosslare Europort says hauliers want certainty and frequency beyond a three-days-a-week service (to the continental mainland). Above this file photo of the ferryport where the access road to the port terminal. Ferries ply on routine trade to the UK, France and Spain while on left AFLOAT adds is cruiseship Braemar of Fred Olsen Lines.
As Afloat reported today Rosslare Europort recently received a relief ferry to the port which is in advanced talks with a shipping company to start a direct ro-ro service to continental Europe. The talks, writes The Irish Times, is from…
All together now as a trio of Stena ferries gather in Rosslare Europort with the first time arrival of Stena Vinga (on right) which is serving as Irish Sea relief duty vessel this winter.  Afloat also adds however that the ferry firstly is operating on the Ireland-France (Cherbourg) connection though tonights 21:30 sailing from Rosslare has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Afloat highlights the above busy scene as a trio of ferries and all from the same operator gathered recently in Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most notably among the Stena Line ferries was the arrival of Stena Vinga (on right)…
Rosslare Europort welcomed the Dutch Ambassador to see plans for offshore wind energy and how the Irish port will handle traffic post-Brexit. AFLOAT adds the Irish south-east port is seen earlier this month with a project cargo of new LUAS trams (bound for Dublin) which arrived from Cherbourg, France using the Stena Line service operated by ropax Stena Horizon. Also present in port was fleetmate Stena Europe when preparing to berth from Fishguard, Wales.
Rosslare Europort is where the Dutch Ambassador Adriaan Palm visited on Friday to see for himself plans that are being put in place for offshore wind energy as well as gauging the Wexford ferryport's viability in terms of handling imports…
Set for a €30m investment, and transformation is Rosslare Europort as a new Port Masterplan, for which planning permission is about to be sought. ABOVE AFLOAT adds is the south-east port's current compound layout with ferry terminal dating to 1989. Also identified are ships (left to right): Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar, Stena Line's Fishguard route superferry Stena Europe (currently at H&W, Belfast) and Irish Ferries cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore underway bound for Pembroke, south Wales.
Port authority Iarnród Éireann, operator of Rosslare Europort, is to undergo a major transformation as part of its Port Masterplan, as the authority is set to apply for planning permission next week. The Masterplan, together with initiatives under the strategic…
Wexford's ferryport of Rosslare as seen in April where Irish Ferries cruisferry Isle of Inishmore is preparing to depart for Pembroke and Stena Line's ropax ferry Stena Horizon which connects Cherbourg. In addition is Brittany Ferries 'economie' branded ropax Kerry (which AFLOAT adds is seen as a 'dot' above the bridge of the Stena ferry) which arrived from Bilbao awaits offshore for a berth to become vacant.
Rosslare Europort is where political rivalries have been put aside in a bid to finally see the (ferry) port achieve its potential. Although Chairman of the Rosslare District Cllr Ger Carthy went head to head with independent TD Verona Murphy…

About Rosslare Europort

2021 sees Rosslare Europort hitting a new record with a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port making it one of the premier Irish ports serving the European Continent. Rosslare Europort is a gateway to Europe for the freight and tourist industries. It is strategically located on the sunny south-east coast of Ireland.

Rosslare is within a 90-minute driving radius of major Irish cities; Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Rosslare Europort is a RoRo, RoPax, offshore and bulk port with three RoRo berths with a two-tier linkspan, we also have a dedicated offshore bulk berth.

Exports in Rosslare Europort comprise mainly of fresh products, food, pharmaceuticals, steel, timber and building supplies. While imports are largely in the form of consumer goods such as clothes, furniture, food, trade vehicles, and electronics.

The entire Europort is bar-swept to 7.2 meters, allowing unrestricted access to vessels with draughts up to 6.5 metres. Rosslare Europort offers a comprehensive service including mooring, stevedoring and passenger-car check-in for RoRo shipping lines. It also provides facilities for offshore, dry bulk and general cargo.

The port currently has twice-daily round services to the UK and direct services to the continent each day. Rosslare Europort has a fleet of Tugmasters service, fork-lift trucks, tractors and other handling equipment to cater for non-standard RoRo freight.

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