Surging Irish and UK demand pushes CLdN to add unaccompanied freight capacity
Having overcome the first two challenging months in the post - Brexit era, CLdN is pleased to be able
to offer increased shipping capacity by the introduction of additional sailings on its Irish and UK routes.
Getting a vessel back from charter enables the RoRo operator to increase service levels on the
Zeebrugge – Dublin service to three sailings per week imminently to cope with risen demand. Next to
that, a new Friday sailing will be added to the Zeebrugge - Killingholme route, bringing the total to 7
sailings per week. Finally, the Short Sea specialist will introduce an extra weekend sailing on Sunday on
the Zeebrugge – Purfleet route, allowing customers to benefit from 12 sailings per week.
Since the end of last year, CLdN’s routes have seen an additional boost of customer demand as a result
of customers shifting to unaccompanied transport and bypassing the disrupted landbridge. When
noticing a sustained demand from the market, CLdN has been and will be adding capacity and increase
sailing frequency where necessary. With two more 5000 lane meter new-build ships being delivered
from Hyundai shipyard later this year, CLdN will have additional tools to increase both capacity and
frequency on its short sea network.
A spokesman commented on the expansion of the UK and Irish services: ”Once more CLdN shows its
ability to react directly to market developments in order to keep serving its customers with a robust,
reliable and cost efficient transport solution. We are poised to maintain our leading role in
unaccompanied short sea shipping and will keep interacting with our valued customers in order to meet
CLdN’s Brexit Buster 8.000 lane meter MV ‘Celine’ the biggest RoRo Vessel in the world,
deployed on the Zeebrugge – Dublin route.
European short Sea Ro-Ro specialist CLdN Ro-Ro SA, who operate 30 plus modern Ro-Ro vessels,
offering in excess of 130 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London,
Killingholme, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Santander and Porto.
CLdN’s core services have traditionally been the Continent / UK, which commenced in December 1974,
have steadily expanded their geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden,
Denmark, Portugal and Spain in recent years.
CLdN currently handle on an annual basis, in excess of 1 million cargo units and following an
investment in larger vessels and ports, current trades are being expanded, and new routes developed.