New Cork-Spain ferry route close to final green lightThe "Brexit Buster" ferry route will link Cork with Plymouth in the UK and Vigo in Spain
The delegation from Cork and their Spanish counterparts in Vigo this week.
A new year-round ferry route linking Cork with Vigo in northern Spain - via Plymouth - has taken a big step towards launching this Spring or early Summer.
A delegation of Port of Cork officials travelled to Vigo this week to meet with port officials and ferry operators to finalise arrangements for the new service, which would replace the Cork-Santander service which stops operating at the end of this month.
The loss of the Brittany Ferries operated Cork-Santander route had been met with dismay in Cork, from local businesses, exporters and holiday-makers.
However this new ferry service - as first reported by CorkBeo in October - should provide a much needed transport and trade route in the post-Brexit environment, travelling between Cork, Plymouth and Spain.
The planned joint venture involving one of Europe's biggest ferry operators along with shipping companies in Spain will operate a three-times a week, year round service between Spain, the UK and Ireland.
It would serve tourism as well as being a so-called "Brexit Buster" that provides a new link between Ireland and the continent for imports and exports.
As major new port facilities come online in Cork Harbour, this new route would underline just how important the port of Cork could become in a post-Brexit environment.
Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Brendan Keating was among those to travel to Vigo this week to meet with their Spanish counterparts and discuss the proposed line which is seen as a priority for our two historic port cities.
The Port Authority of Vigo had sent a delegation to Cork before Christmas to discuss the new route, even as Brittany Ferries was making plans to end the Cork-Santander route and instead operate their Spanish link from Rosslare.
A statement from Port of Vigo said the visit by the Cork delegation had been a success and the new Cork-Plymouth-Vigo
route was "highly sought after by the fishing and transport logistics sectors - potential customers have exceeded initial forecasts".
Source courtesy: CorkBeo.iehttps://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/new-cork-spain-ferry-route-17735299https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/new-cork-spain-ferry-route-17652516