Irish Sea freight ferry specialist Seatruck Ferries celebrates 10 years of operation in Dublin Port where their traffic volumes have grown exponentially. From small beginnings with a single ship, M/V Celtic Star, Seatruck's Dublin services have gone from strength to strength. Back in October 2007, Seatruck moved just over 3,000 units of freight from Dublin. This compares with just under 21,000 units in October 2017, representing growth of well over 500%.
In the busy midweek period, Seatruck operates 4 daily services to Liverpool and a daily service to Heysham. Seatruck also operates on the popular Warrenpoint - Heysham route which commenced in 1996. With driver shortages continuing, Seatruck expects an ongoing switch to unaccompanied trailer movements which they specialize in with purpose-built freight only ferries.
Seatruck Ferries CEO Alistair Eagles comments: “10 years on from the commencement of our services into Dublin port we are very much focusing on the next steps to ensure that we can continue to help our customers save money and use their equipment and drivers more efficiently. Seatruck is fully committed to our freight only model and we are planning for a continued industry switch away from the driver accompanied, short sea mode. Our Dublin services are an extremely important part of our route network and on behalf of everyone at Seatruck, I would like to personally thank all of our customers for their support”
In December 2017, a new loading ramp will be installed in the Port of Heysham which will further enhance Seatruck's services from the port, now directly linked to the motorway network via the new M6 Link. Seatruck also works closely with the authorities in Northern Ireland on the Newry Southern Relief Road project which will link Warrenpoint Harbor directly to the Belfast - Dublin motorway.