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New Freight-Only Cork to Zeebrugge, Belgium weekly service commences(Read 1866 times)

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"Cork Port welcomes new service linking Cork directly to the 'heart of Europe"
Report by Sarah O’Dwyer

A new weekly freight service which begins operating between the Port of Cork and Belgium this week will help keep supply chains moving during the current crisis.

The Port of Cork has warmly welcomed the announcement by CLdN Ro-Ro SA of the new service between Cork and Zeebrugge.

“This announcement by CLdN will greatly support our efforts in the Port of Cork to keep supply chains moving during the current Covid-19 pandemic," CEO of Port of Cork, Brendan Keating said. “The Port has been actively looking at ways to bolster its freight activity and is delighted to partner with a company that enjoys such a great reputation in the shipping industry.

"Introducing this new connectivity to Zeebrugge not only helps Port of Cork to protect supply chains during the current crisis, but also adds a direct freight-only link with the heart of Europe.”

The service begins on Friday and is part of a significant expansion by CLdN of its freight services between Belgium and the Republic of Ireland.

The Ro-Ro service will leave Zeebrugge on every Friday to arrive in Cork on Sunday.

She will return on Tuesday, arriving in Zeebrugge again every Thursday.

Port of Cork Chairman, John Mullins, said: “This is a very exciting development for both the Port of Cork and CLdN.
"In these unprecedented times this direct freight link with Europe from Ireland’s primary southern gateway will reinforce the Port’s commitment to supporting businesses in the region and preparing for any eventuality Brexit may still bring.”

The Port of Cork has implemented a contingency plan to ensure freight operations continue as normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a key facilitator of trade in the Munster region.

Vital deliveries will continue to several sectors in the weeks ahead.

This article was published on on Wednesday 22.04.2020 10:19

27.11.2020 11:43
CLdN Freight Compound at Ringaskiddy, Port of Cork

Port of Cork welcomes second weekly cargo ship to Belgium

by Roisin Burke
A second weekly call from Cork to Zeebrugge, Belgium has been welcomed by the Port of Cork.

The additional CLdN voyage has been added to meet increased demand.

Adding a second call is thought to offer CLdN customers a quicker turnaround, as well as bypassing the UK land bridge and avoiding unnecessary border checks, ensuring cargo flows more effectively and in a cost-efficient manner from Ireland direct to the continent.

The Cork to Zeebrugge Ro-Con service which started in May has been very popular with Port of Cork customers.

Port of Cork Chief Commercial Officer Conor Mowlds said: ?This is very exciting news for Cork and indeed importers and exporters utilising the current service. Added frequency offers flexibility and with more and more cargo looking to avoid the UK land bridge, this second Cork to Zeebrugge service is another step forward in ensuring supply chains are maintained."

He continued: "In these extraordinary times a second direct Ro-Con freight link with Europe from Cork, Ireland?s primary southern gateway reinforces our commitment to supporting businesses in the region and preparing for any eventuality Brexit may bring."

A spokesperson from CLdN stated: "As we have shown and continue to deliver, we will deploy larger vessels or add more frequency to match demand to and from Ireland and will react immediately the market signals a requirement, as we see the Irish market as a core route in our portfolio."


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