Seatruck Ferries, Clipper Group’s Irish Sea freight specialist, has unveiled an EUR 100 million (USD 115.5 million) investment to increase capacity on Warrenpoint to Heysham route by 30%.
Seatruck will deploy two larger freight ferries on the route later this summer, in direct response to growing demand for unaccompanied trailer space and enabling the firm to carry 30,000 additional trailers annually on the key crossing.
The move will see the four-deck Seatruck Precision and Seatruck Performance replace the current three-deck vessels and operate a twice a day service between the ports.
“Adding larger ships to the Warrenpoint route is the next logical step for Seatruck … The larger vessels underline the need for the Southern Relief Road which will connect Warrenpoint Port directly to the main Belfast-Dublin motorway,” Alistair Eagles, Chief Executive of Seatruck Ferries, said.
The vessel switch follows exponential growth for Seatruck in recent years with unaccompanied trailer volumes rising by more than 250% since 2007. Seatruck now operates 76 departures per week across three Irish Sea routes, moving around 20% of the total Irish Sea Roll on Roll off freight volumes.