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Activity at Rosslare Europort which has exploded post-Brexit is continuing in earnest with yet another new route set to be announced for the Wexford ferry port.

According to Wexford People, it’s been reported that Finnlines are now set to operate a twice weekly Ro-Ro freight service between Rosslare and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge commencing in July of this year.

However, Rosslare Europort management (see press release below) are insisting that a deal has not been concluded yet, although they are in “advanced discussions” with Finnlines. They stressed that “while agreement has not yet been reached, Rosslare Europort is optimistic that this new route can be established to give yet another crucial link for Irish industry to and from mainland Europe.”

The addition of a route to the Belgian port has been rumoured for quite some time as demand for sailings to continental Europe continues to grow in the wake of Brexit. It appears that it is now coming to fruition as a result of consultations between New Ross based Nolan Transport and Finnlines, although the transport company may have jumped the gun slightly with their announcement.

More reports Wexford People which as alluded above referred to Rosslare Europort which today (2 June) issued a press release as also below:

In response to speculation, Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort has confirmed that Port management are in advanced discussion with Finnlines – part of the world-leading logistics and shipping Grimaldi Group – about a possible new connection between the Co Wexford port and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, one of Europe’s largest RoRo ports.

Port management have stressed that while agreement has not yet been reached, Rosslare Europort is optimistic that this new route can be established to give yet another crucial link for Irish industry to and from mainland Europe.  

Since Brexit, Rosslare Europort has established itself as Ireland’s Gateway to Europe, with the highest RoRo volumes of any Irish port to/from the continent during 2021.  Rosslare Europort continues to engage with new and established shipping lines and with partner ports in Europe as it seeks to further build the range of services operating from the port. 

Published in Rosslare Europort

The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School is based on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier on Dublin Bay and in the heart of Ireland's marine leisure capital.

Whether you are looking at beginners start sailing course, a junior course or something more advanced in yacht racing, the INSS prides itself in being able to provide it as Ireland's largest sailing school.

Since its establishment in 1978, INSS says it has provided sailing and powerboat training to approximately 170,000 trainees. The school has a team of full-time instructors and they operate all year round. Lead by the father and son team of Alistair and Kenneth Rumball, the school has a great passion for the sport of sailing and boating and it enjoys nothing more than introducing it to beginners for the first time. 

Programmes include:

  • Shorebased Courses, including VHF, First Aid, Navigation
  • Powerboat Courses
  • Junior Sailing
  • Schools and College Sailing
  • Adult Dinghy and Yacht Training
  • Corporate Sailing & Events

History of the INSS

Set up by Alistair Rumball in 1978, the sailing school had very humble beginnings, with the original clubhouse situated on the first floor of what is now a charity shop on Dun Laoghaire's main street. Through the late 1970s and 1980s, the business began to establish a foothold, and Alistair's late brother Arthur set up the chandler Viking Marine during this period, which he ran until selling on to its present owners in 1999.

In 1991, the Irish National Sailing School relocated to its current premises at the foot of the West Pier. Throughout the 1990s the business continued to build on its reputation and became the training institution of choice for budding sailors. The 2000s saw the business break barriers - firstly by introducing more people to the water than any other organisation, and secondly pioneering low-cost course fees, thereby rubbishing the assertion that sailing is an expensive sport.