Dublin Port Company announces new licenses for terminal five

by Rachel Cunningham
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Dublin Port Company (DPC) has announced that terminal five in Dublin Port has been licensed to Stena Line and Seatruck Ferries.

Stena Line will operate a new Dublin to Birkenhead, Liverpool, service while Seatruck Ferries and parent company CLDN will further develop their Dublin-UK services as part of this new shared freight terminal agreement. 

In September 2023 DPC called for proposals from interested ferry lines to service west coast English or Welsh ports, excluding Dublin-Holyhead, out of Dublin.

This followed confirmation that P&O, which previously operated from terminal five, would exit by year end.

Stena Line’s new freight service commences mid-February 2024, while Seatruck Ferries will move its Dublin-Heysham freight service within Dublin Port in January 2024.

DPC claims its decision to award a shared licence to both Stena Line and Seatruck Ferries was motivated by the opportunity to maximise the port’s existing infrastructure by pushing more truck and container freight its footprint.

“It’s essential for Ireland’s economy that we have strong availability and competition on direct shipping routes between Dublin Port and the UK,” said Barry O’Connell, CEO, Dublin Port Company.

“We are pleased to welcome Stena Line’s new Dublin-Birkenhead route which brings choice to the market, and to continue working with Seatruck Ferries and CLDN on growing its Dublin-Heysham service.”

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