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(Press Release) Seatruck 'leaps' ahead - larger vessel for Dublin Liverpool(Read 5004 times)
PRESS RELEASE - 29 February 2016

Seatruck 'leaps' ahead on Dublin-Liverpool route

Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist will add larger 3rd vessel to the Dublin-Liverpool route from Monday March 7.

The current vessel will be replaced by a larger and faster P series vessel almost doubling the freight capacity with space for 110 trailers per sailing.

The third vessel on the route was only added in mid-November 2015 but has already attracted significant flows of new traffic since its introduction. The deployment of a proven P series vessel as the 3rd vessel to run alongside the 2 larger FSG vessels will ensure that Seatruck can deal with the strong and continued growth in their Dublin-Liverpool route.  Mid-week, Seatruck now offers 3 sailing per day in each direction.

The vessel switch is in direct response to demand and feedback from the Seatruck customer base and the schedule has been tailored to reflect the changing needs of the Irish market. Crucially it will add further capacity during the busy midweek period.

The 110 unit vessel will bring speed, schedule reliability, free height and even faster turnaround times in port. Drivers will appreciate the single berth en-suite cabins and comfortable lounge area. The ship also benefits from a ramp interface to the lower hold in place of a lift.

Driver shortages are causing operators to reassess their traditional accompanied method. Seatruck Ferries believes in a switch to greater volumes of unaccompanied movements from ports, which reduces road mileage compared with the transit through Wales or Scotland. As economic conditions improve, this addition is the next stage in Seatruck Ferries’ strategic development plan.

This positive move will complement the existing Seatruck services from Warrenpoint- Heysham and from Dublin-Heysham. The M6 Link road is nearing completion and will dramatically reduce the transit time to Heysham Port from junction 34 of the M6.

Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles comments;

“Since the introduction of the 3rd vessel on the route volumes for Seatruck have grown quickly and strongly. I have absolutely no doubt that this switch to a larger vessel will allow operators to take further advantage of Seatruck Ferries services. As we approach our 20 year anniversary it seems fitting that we are continuing to listen carefully to the market and then reacting decisively and rapidly to their changing needs. We are all really excited about the extra space that we will soon be able to offer to both existing and new customers. 2016 will be a pivotal year for Seatruck with not only the additional capacity on this route but with the opening of the M6 link which will be a game changer for the development of our routes from the Port of Heysham”

ABOUT SEATRUCK

Seatruck Ferries is a UK registered Freight Ferry operator with 3 routes on the Irish Sea. The company was established in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Clipper Group A/S. Seatruck has the youngest ferry fleet on the Irish Sea and is the only operator 100% dedicated to freight.

Read more at www.seatruckferries.com

CONTACT Alistair Eagles, CEO Seatruck Ferries: +44 7740 [email protected]

ABOUT CLIPPER

Clipper is an industry leader in dry-bulk with a modern fleet of approximately 100 handysize, supramax and ultramax vessels, transporting a wide range of cargo from dry bulk to break bulk. Clipper Fleet Management has around 30 vessels in technical management and runs a proprietary performance management solution COACH, covering more than 250 vessels globally. In addition to dry bulk, Clipper has investments in multipurpose vessels, ro-ro and ferry services and cruise ships. Clipper is commercially headquartered in Copenhagen, employs a staff of 200 on shore, and has offices in 10 countries. Read more at www.clipper-group.com
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Sounds like they are doing really well.  I wonder how much this has effected de other operators, especially the other Liverpool one?



Liverpool is a growth route. P&O and Seatruck are running to capacity, someone had to do something and Seatruck has taken the first step.

P&O last added a vessel in 2011, European Endeavour, 2000 lane meters (same as Stena Superfast X), and 300 passengers. European Endeavour has helped to grow the route, particularly by offering a bit more choice.

Will P&O do anymore? Well I don't know to be honest, I would hope so. Seatruck already owned the freighter so that made it much easier to put her on the route. P&O would likely have to charter or buy, and that isn't easy at the moment.

I personally think Norcape should have been patched up and left on Dublin to Liverpool. Despite her age, they could have kept her going a few more years, the beach was her destination anyway. P&O gave her a try on Larne to Troon, around the time of the Superfasts arrival on the scene, but numbers weren't great I believe. 
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seatruck aren't really increasing capacity
they are moving capacity
all that is happening is swapping heysham Dublin ship with Liverpool dublin



seatruck aren't really increasing capacity
they are moving capacity
all that is happening is swapping heysham Dublin ship with Liverpool dublin
True, though it's still an increase in capacity at Liverpool no matter how you look at it.  The key for me though is they are increasing capacity on the route on which they face the most (some of it direct) competition on.  They obviously feel they need the capacity at Liverpool more than they do at Heysham, afterall Clipper Ranger has around 30% less capacity and is slower both in sailing speed and turnaround times so it's very much a case of Liverpool gaining at the expense of Heysham. 

The fact this has come so soon after the introduction of the third vessel says to me they must be seeing very good growth as a result.  For that growth to come so quickly, the business must be coming from someone else - an extra ship load of trailers a day each way hasn't just suddenly appeared from nowhere virtually overnight.  I do wonder though if some of that extra trade has come at the expense of Heysham.  In any case, I think Seatruck should be applauded not only for moving to add the additional ship in the first place (it wouldn't be too difficult for any operator to charter a 12 driver freighter, heck Seatruck would charter it to them at the right price!) but also moving to increase capacity further, rather than taking the more cautious approach like others.

I note in the past few weeks they also seem to have stepped up their marketing efforts and now have a Facebook page for instance which is updated multiple times daily.  It is now possible to book as a car or motorbike passenger from a link on the front page as well.  Obviously they can only take 12 passengers max per sailing, but it would indicate that while trailer volumes are good there is cabin space spare.
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Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Didn't know they took passengers.  Might go with them myself.  Can't be any worse than P&O



Personally, I think Seatruck should operate both the Clipper Ranger and Arrow on the Heysham-Dublin route, as this would offer an increased service, with more trucks being shipped and as well as ensure the Arrow was around at Heysham, should she be needed to cover services to Douglas.



Didn't know they took passengers.  Might go with them myself.  Can't be any worse than P&O

Don't know why you have it in for P&O. I think your being very unfair to the crew & company. In my experience you can get good and bad sailings. P&O in my experience have always been decent.



Personally, I think Seatruck should operate both the Clipper Ranger and Arrow on the Heysham-Dublin route, as this would offer an increased service, with more trucks being shipped and as well as ensure the Arrow was around at Heysham, should she be needed to cover services to Douglas.
If they can't justify keeping a P-series on the route, how could they justify putting 2 ships on the route.  From what I can see, this latest move is a case of Seatruck putting the capacity where it is most needed.  No point in boosting capacity if the demand isn't there.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

Flickr: www.flickr.com/tarbyonline



Didn't know they took passengers.  Might go with them myself.  Can't be any worse than P&O

Don't know why you have it in for P&O. I think your being very unfair to the crew & company. In my experience you can get good and bad sailings. P&O in my experience have always been decent.
Dont know why you love them so much!  seem to be running da Irish Sea services into the ground if you ask me