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23-01-2018

Seatruck surge continues

2017 another strong year with 10% growth

Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck Ferries' volumes have risen over 30% since 2015. Their long-sea unaccompanied service has significantly grown in popularity and 2017 was another strong year. Seatruck's volumes across the three routes increased just over 10% compared with an overall market growth of 3.9%* (source IRN Freightstat).

Over the last years, Seatruck has committed additional tonnage and increased sailing frequency in line with customer demands. The company operates 76 departures per week between Heysham-Warrenpoint, Heysham-Dublin and Liverpool-Dublin. The strongest growth has been into Dublin where Seatruck operates five daily departures in the busy midweek period.

We believe that the continued and worsening HGV driver shortage in Ireland and the UK is leading to a growth in unaccompanied trailer shipments, as operators 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 savings in 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.

CONTACT
Alistair Eagles, Seatruck Ferries CEO, aje@seatruckgroup.co.uk

ABOUT SEATRUCK
Seatruck Ferries is a UK registered Freight Ferry operator on the Irish Sea. The company was established in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Clipper Group A/S. Seatruck has the youngest ferry fleet on the Irish Sea and is the only operator 100% dedicated to freight.  Read more at seatruckferries.com

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