Stena Lina sends new Belfast ferry to Rosslare in 'Brexit-busting move'

 The Stena Embla arriving in Belfast on Januray 2nd 2021
Digital Staff

Stena Line has moved one of its new ferries from Belfast to Rosslare, Co Wexford, in what it has described as "another Brexit-busting move". 

When the Stena Embla arrived in Belfast on 2 January the company said it would transport freight between Belfast and Liverpool.

However, the company yesterday tweeted that it would now be sailing the Rosslare to Cherbourg route.

Since the UK officially finished its formal separation from the EU on 31 December, 2020, there has been disruption to trade across the Irish Sea border.

The Irish Sea border means that most commercial goods entering NI from GB require a customs declaration.

In a statement to the BBC, Stena Line said the relocation was "due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes and increasing customer demand".

"Given the short-term market distortion, we have decided to temporarily deploy our new Stena Embla vessel on the Rosslare - Cherbourg route," said Paul Grant, Stena Line's Irish Sea trade director.

"Clearly Brexit has created an increase in the demand for direct freight routes, and in particular driver accompanied freight, so the addition of Stena Embla, whilst temporary, plus the recently introduced Stena Foreteller to the route will provide a welcome addition for our customers at this time."


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