Finnlines adds second RoRo vessel to freight service between Belgium and Ireland
In response to the rising demand for capacity and frequency on its Rosslare (Ireland) and Zeebrugge (Belgium) service, especially from freight customers, Finnlines has deployed a second RoRo vessel.
With the addition of a second RoRo vessel, Finnlines ain to provide a significant increase of capacity on the direct connection between Ireland and Europe mainland. MS Finnpulp will join MS Finnwave on the route in week 8, departing from Zeebrugge on February 23.
Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, launched the new service between Rosslare and Zeebrugge in July 2022. The service has been well received by Irish transport operators and provides an important link for Irish industry. Via transhipment in Zeebrugge, the Irish connection is also available to the Finnish, German, Estonian and Spanish industries as well as the whole Grimaldi Group network.
Rosslare Europort strengthens standing in RoRo services
Commenting on Finnlines decision, Glenn Carr, Director Commercial Business Units, Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail, Port Authority Rosslare Europort, noted the addition of the second vessel will create further frequency and capacity on the Rosslare to Zeebrugge route.
“We are adding an additional departure from both ports on our Ireland–Belgium service. We have seen increased demand and are pleased to be able to offer additional capacity. By adding a second vessel and expanding our service, we strengthen our product to better serve our Irish and European markets. We provide an excellent transport link for Irish trade to the Continent by offering tailor-made capacity for our customers whose business depends on reliable sea transportation services,” says Antonio Raimo, Line Manager at Finnlines.
MS Finnpulp has a capacity for 3,259 lane metres of cargo, equivalent to around 225 trailers. MS Finnwave has a capacity for 4,192 lane metres, equivalent to around 300 trailers. Both vessels can also accommodate 12 drivers.
Finnlines specialises in freight transport and its extensive line network provides European industry with regular and reliable sea connections, while ensuring the import of goods that are essential for security of supply.