The second direct service from Cork to the EU started from 7th of this month by aiming to offer “more flexibility” to Irish customers and ensure supply chains are maintained between Cork and the EU.
The company said in a statement said that: “Considering Brexit and combined with the modal shift from accompanied to unaccompanied shipping, having a second direct link between Cork and Zeebrugge will bypass the UK Landbridge,”
As per the CLdN, there has been steady growth in customer demand for reliable, over the last months, low cost and “Brexit-proof” unaccompanied freight products.
Shipping unaccompanied trailers, containers, finished vehicles or project cargo between its own ferry terminals provides a ‘one stop shop’ for customers to get goods shipped across the North Sea without running the risk of disruption.
“Recently we have seen the spotlight on Ro-Ro freight since Brexit came into force, however CLdN have seen a shift to unaccompanied freight, which is clearly popular among logistic companies and advantageous.” a spokesperson for the Port of Cork said.
He also added that the benefits of unaccompanied freight can bring a reduction in costs, greener freight movements as minimising the amount of time your drivers are on the road and greater flexibility depending on the type of cargo being shipped.
CLdN has announced that they will deploy larger vessels or add more frequency to match demand to and from Ireland.