At this time, when all cross-border ferry operators ex UK must be extremely apprehensive as leaving the EU approaches, Seatruck Ferries paints a very positive picture of its morale and business situation.
The Irish Sea freight specialist have increased capacity and sailing frequency on their Dublin to Liverpool route.
The smallest vessel on the route, the Clipper Ranger, has been replaced by a larger P series vessel, offering almost twice the capacity. At the same time, additional Friday sailings have been introduced meaning that Seatruck now operate 44 sailings per week on what is their busiest Irish Sea service.
The introduction of the larger vessel is the next stage in Seatruck Ferries’ strategic development plan, with the company now operating 78 departures per week across three key routes on the Irish Sea. This vessel switch follows the remarkable exponential growth for Seatruck in recent years, with trailer volumes rising by more than 250% since 2007.
Responding to customer feedback, departure times have also been tailored to refl ect the changing needs of the Irish market. Seatruck currently move around 20% of the total Irish Sea ro-ro freight volumes.
Driver shortages are causing many operators to reassess their traditional accompanied method. Seatruck Ferries believes in a switch to greater volumes of unaccompanied movements from ports, which reduces road mileage compared with the more traditional transit through Wales or Scotland. ‘Trailer only’ shipments mean that Seatruck customers can use their drivers and equipment more efficiently.
This positive move will complement the existing Seatruck services operating from Dublin to Heysham and Warrenpoint to Heysham. Warrenpoint capacity has just been increased by 30% with the introduction of the Seatruck Performance and Seatruck Precision.