P&O an­nounces six-year high for freight trade to Cairn­ryan

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

P&O FER­RIES has said it recorded the high­est num­ber of lor­ries and trail­ers on its Larne and Cairn­ryan route for six years dur­ing the third-quar­ter of 2017.

The ferry and lo­gis­tics com­pany, which also owns the Port of Larne, car­ried 53,305 lor­ries and trail­ers on its ships in the months of July, Au­gust and Septem­ber.

That was its high­est amount of freight in a third-quar­ter since 2011 and marked a 3.3% in­crease on the same quar­ter last year.

Neal Mer­nock, P&O Fer­ries sec­tor di­rec­tor on the Ir­ish Sea, said: “We are de­lighted that more and more freight cus­tomers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing for them­selves the ben­e­fits of trans­port­ing goods be­tween North­ern Ire­land and Bri­tain with us.

“Our port at Larne is fast be­com­ing the gate­way of choice for any­one ex­port­ing to or from Ire­land.

“It has out­stand­ing con­nec­tions via rail and road, es­pe­cially af­ter the up­grad­ing of the A8 dual car­riage­way, and is nine miles closer to Scot­land than the port at Belfast.”

The com­pany op­er­ates seven sail­ings a day be­tween Larne and Cairn­ryan, us­ing sis­ter ves­sels the Euro­pean Cause­way and Euro­pean High­lander.

And it de­scribed the ser­vice as “a bridge for goods be­ing trans­ported be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land to Bri­tain, and also on to the con­ti­nent via its con­nect­ing ser­vices from Dover, Til­bury, Hull and Teesport”.

The com­pany sails on eight ma­jor routes be­tween Bri­tain, France, North­ern Ire­land, the Repub­lic of Ire­land, Hol­land and Bel­gium.

It pre­vi­ously ran a ser­vice be­tween Larne and Troon in South Ayr­shire, but this was cut in Jan­uary of last year.

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