Monday, June 15, 2020

New RoRo Unaccompanied Trailer Short Sea Service Opens

Weekly Ferry to Link Three Countries
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – IRELAND – UK – RoRo and bulk freight specialist CLdN, and owner of Cobelfret Ferries, has said that introducing its new short sea service between Santander, Liverpool and Dublin is a 'bold move', but many in the industry will see it as very pragmatic given the timing.

From today (15 June 2020) CLdN will operate one sailing per week from Santander to Liverpool. The schedule has been created with the intention of being agile, enabling the vessel to make additional Landbridge calls between Liverpool and Dublin before returning to Santander. The new route is the second expansionary move for the company’s network, following the recent increase in frequency and capacity on CLdN’s Irish and UK services from continental Europe.

With the uncertainty of Brexit still pervading the logistics market it will be seen perhaps as a wise move to bring in a new RoRo ferry service aimed purely at the unaccompanied market. Much of the traffic post-Brexit is likely to see a reduction in driver accompanied vehicles as doubts over clearance times persist and the pandemic has little or no effect on such services as it removes the human element to a very large extent.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began CLdN says it has actively maintained and now increased its capacity. As all cargoes are moved in an unaccompanied mode on pure freight ferries, CLdN is still able to maintain its regular sailing schedules on all routes without a state subsidy of any kind. The company says this latest offering will provide an environmentally efficient solution for the trailer business, by cutting down on excessive road and sea miles, and by following the shortest, most direct route which will avoid channel and road trips.

CLdN now has developed a network of short sea services, connecting Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to London, Humberside and Dublin as well as Santander, Porto, Gothenburg, and Esbjerg and a spokesman said:

“Whilst our vessels are designed to move four product groups, trailers, containers, project cargo and finished vehicles, all industries and cargo types can gain advantage from this service. Our schedule increases freight capacity between the UK and Ireland by allowing for additional Landbridge sailings between Liverpool and Dublin and proves that freight routes can be Brexit-resilient and flourish without additional state aid.”