All aboard at Rosslare for Dunkirk

By Dan Walsh

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the first day of sailings on the new direct ferry service by Dutch shipping operator DFDS between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk and the voyage is fully booked out, according to a company spokesperson.

DFDS is launching the new six-times weekly direct service from Rosslare Europort to Dunkirk in northern France as an alternative to the British land-bridge route and new EU-UK border checks put in place after Brexit came into effect at 11pm on New Year’s Eve (Thursday). The voyage time will be 24 hours.

Aidan Coffey, Route Director with DFDS, said the two ships leaving Rosslare on Saturday, at 2pm and 11pm, were fully booked, as is the 10pm sailing from Dunkirk on the same day.

Mr Coffey said there were about 120 freight units on each sailing with a mix of both driver-accompanied trucks and unaccompanied trailers including refrigerated and ambient units.

The DFDS ships are already in place, the MS Visby in Dunkirk and Kerry and Optima Seaways in Rosslare and have carried out berthing exercises in recent days.

The Stena Horizon sailing on Saturday will carry more than 50 driver-accompanied lorries along with between 40 and 50 unaccompanied trailers on the sailing from Rosslare to Cherbourg.

Extra ships involved in berthing exercises at Rosslare Europort last week in preparation for new direct routes to Europe. (Pic; George Lawlor).

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