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Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp on: April 29, 2021, 02:41:56 pm
Grimaldi have announced a new twice weekly service to commence in May.The service will be operated by the ro-ro vessel Eurocargo Bari which has capacity for 1,820 cars or about 4,000 lane metres and can accommodate 12 passengers.

Re: Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp Reply #1 on: April 29, 2021, 09:46:31 pm
That makes 5 weekly services to Cork by Grimaldi, great to see the Port expand the service so much.

Re: Grimaldi Cork-Antwerp Reply #2 on: May 10, 2021, 04:06:54 pm
This new Cork to Antwerp Ro-Ro service previously announced in April was due to commence operations from today Monday 10th May using the vessel "Eurocargo Bari".

The twice weekly service is being provided by the Grimaldi Group and will see the RoRo vessel "Eurocargo Bari" operate between the two cities.

Re: Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp Reply #3 on: August 05, 2021, 01:05:01 pm

Zeebrugge added to Port of Cork's Antwerp service

It's now operating two departures a week from Zeebrugge and one from Antwerp to Cork and vice versa
Photo caption:
The Eurocargo Bari vessel departing Cork on the twice-weekly freight service operated by the Grimaldi Group. Picture: David Creedon

TUE, 03 AUG, 2021 - 12:43
Another destination has been added for Irish exporters to the Continent, with the announcement of a new Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) service connection from Cork to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

The service has just been introduced by the Grimaldi Group as part of its service between Cork and Antwerp. It will now include Zeebrugge on that run.

It's now operating two departures a week from that port and one from Antwerp to Cork and vice versa.

In the port of Zeebrugge, the Grimaldi Group will call at the P&O Ferries terminal, and the cooperation with this shipping company will be extended to commercial activity as well.

Thanks to the new call in Zeebrugge, even more efficient freight flows will be guaranteed, with even more competitive, safe and eco-sustainable connections compared to the UK landbridge.

Conor Mowlds, chief commercial officer with the Port of Cork said the decision by Grimaldi Group to extend their direct services from Cork, this time to the Port of Zeebrugge, is very good news.

Great to see Grimaldi Group is extending their freight services between #Cork & #Belgium just weeks after the successful launch of the direct Cork to #Antwerp route. This offers direct efficient freight flows compared to UK landbridge.

— Port of Cork (@PortofCork) July 27, 2021

“It's particularly welcome considering the Grimaldi Group only recently introduced a direct service from Cork to Antwerp. The new Ro-Ro service to Zeebrugge helps to further strengthen Cork’s direct links with the heart of Europe, as shippers seek direct links to market rather than use the UK landbridge,” Mr Mowlds said.

The vessel deployed on the Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Cork service is the Italian-flagged Eurocargo Bari, which can transport 3,850 linear meters of rolling freight and 200 cars.

The Grimaldi Group have been calling to Cork on a regular basis for almost 25 years for the transport of rolling freight and containers. The Naples-based Group operate a fleet of over 130 Ro-Ro, Con-Ro, Ro-Pax and cruise ferry vessels.


Re: Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp Reply #4 on: October 19, 2021, 11:19:12 pm

Big boost for Port of Cork as Euro ferry group looks to double 'Brexit Buster' sailings
From January, a four-times a week service will link Cork direct to Belgium and Holland

By Joe O'Shea Editor
12:08, 11 OCT 2021 UPDATED 09:28, 12 OCT 2021
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Photo caption: Eurocargo Barri has been a big success since it started calling twice a week to Cork earlier this year

One of the world's biggest cargo and passenger ferry operators has identified Cork as a 'best option' for connecting southern Ireland to Europe as Brexit continues to change international trade.

Grimaldi Lines started a new twice-weekly Ro-Ro (container lorry) service on the Eurocargo Barri from Cork to Antwerp/Zeebrugge in the summer.

Now the giant ferry group plans to launch another new service in January - adding a second ship and doubling the sailings between Cork, Antwerp in Belgium and Zeebrugge in Holland to four a week.

It's a major vote of confidence in the Port of Cork and a sign of how 'Brexit Busting' routes, which avoid the 'landbridge' across the UK, are bringing new trade and new, direct, connectivity between our southern ports of Cork and Rosslare and the continent.

It's also a further sign of Cork's growing connectivity by sea and air - both Ryanair and KLM have just announced new services out of Cork Airport - with Ryanair planning twice-weekly flights to Venice and KLM today announcing the doubling of daily flights to Amsterdam.

Antonio Raimo, Line Manager of Grimaldi Group, has said the success of the Cork-Zeebruggee route, which only opened at the start of this summer, has convinced them that Port of Cork has great potential.

“We have really put Cork on the map as the third Irish Brexit bypass port,” said Raimo.

The Grimaldi Group man said Rosslare and Cork are - in many ways - the best options for trade between the continent and Ireland.

“Dublin is too expensive and too saturated with all the Brexit troubles," he told a group of logistics and ferry journalists at the weekend.

"Our line focuses primarily on trailers and only to a limited extent on containers. And the volumes are growing weekly. Especially after the summer it started to go fast.

"We therefore want to deploy a second ship from January 2022 and double the frequency to four sailings per week between Zeebrugge and Cork, with two calls in Antwerp," said Raimo.

"“With our new service, the aim is not to disrupt the market, but rather to ride the wave of growth in trailer traffic that no longer wishes to use the UK landbridge."

The Eurocargo Bari, one of the biggest ro-ro ships connecting the continent with Ireland, left Ringaskiddy this morning.

It now looks likely that she will have a second, Grimaldi Lines sister ship sailing out of Cork from the new year.

Port of Cork has been greatly expanding operations - while readying a major new container port at Ringaskiddy.

Recent new routes include the only direct deep-sea regular cargo connection between Ireland and the US (east coast) - with the weekly Cork to Chester, Pennsylvania service that carries everything from chilled Pharma and Foodstuffs to chemicals, auto parts, paper and packaging products.

As with the new lines to Europe, and a regular service that also links Cork with the Med and Africa, these services are opening up new opportunities for Cork and Ireland to connect to and trade with the world.

There is growing confidence in the Irish export sector. To mark International Markets Week, Enterprise Ireland has just surveyed the over 700 Irish companies.

The survey detailed the strong performance of Irish exporters thus far in 2021 despite the challenges of our new trading relationship with the UK and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some 56% of businesses indicated that they have seen an increase in exports in 2021 compared to 2020 with only 11% reporting a decrease. 91% of companies expect sales to increase again in 2022.

The key growth markets identified by client companies are North America, Europe and the UK.


Re: Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp Reply #5 on: October 20, 2021, 08:26:31 pm
Image of Eurcargo Bari leaving Ringaskiddy, taken on a harbour spin in August (thought I posted it before)

New terminal cranes in background,
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