Liverpool to Dublin ferry operator Seatruck says freight volumes soared 10% in 2017 compared to overall market growth of 3.9%.
Seatruck runs 76 departures per week on its three routes: Liverpool-Dublin, Heysham-Warrenpoint and Heysham-Dublin. It offers up to four daily departures a day from Liverpool’s Brocklebank Dock using vessels Clipper Ranger and Seatruck Pace, Power and Progress.
Since 2015 Seatruck volumes have risen by more than 30% as its long sea unaccompanied service has significantly grown in popularity. Over this period Seatruck has committed additional tonnage and increased sailing frequency in line with customer demand.
Strongest growth has been into Dublin where the company now operate five departures per day in the busy midweek period.
Seatruck executives believe that the continued and worsening HGV driver shortage in Ireland and the UK is leading to a growth in unaccompanied trailer shipments as operates seek to use this vital resource more efficiently.
By shipping trailer only, from ports which reduce road mileage compared with the traditional transit through Wales or Scotland, operators can make significant door-to-door savings in what is an increasingly competitive logistics landscape.
In the coming weeks a new £7m loading ramp will be installed at Heysham Port which will provide Seatruck with an enhanced service in the port from the new dedicated facility.
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