Luxembourg based, CLdN, is launching its second new Irish market service within a month with a Dublin-Liverpool-Santander link. The 2,300 lane metre Victorine is being switched from the Company’s Zeebrugge-Santander route and opens the new service, sailing from Dublin on Tuesday, 16 June. The service rotation will be a Tuesday evening departure from Dublin, then a call at Liverpool from where she sails to Santander on Wednesday afternoon with scheduled arrival there on Friday at 14.00.
The northbound return sailing leaves Santander at 20.00 and is due at Liverpool at 18.00 on Sunday before sailing on the Dublin, arriving at 10.00 on Monday.
The Victorine will make a Dublin-Liverpool round trip sailing on Monday at 16.00, arriving, Liverpool at 02.00 on Tuesday, leaving again for Dublin at 08.00, arriving there at 18.00 before loading again for Liverpool and Santander.
In announcing the new service CLdN stated that it plans to ship a mix of cargo and equipment including trailers, containers and trade cars on the Santander link. The Victorine will not accommodate any passengers.
CLdN has also announced a revision to the schedule of its already successful Cork-Zeebrugge service. That service is operated by Melusine a sistership of Victorine and will now sail from Cork on Sunday evening having arrived earlier in the day. This earlier departure will enable exporters to connect with sailings and rail connections from Zeebrugge to a range of European destinations.
The planned introduction of a third weekly Zeebrugge-Dublin-Zeebrugge rotation has not yet taken place but is now expected to commence within the next few weeks.
Seatruck has added a further Dublin-Liverpool-Dublin rotation sailing from Dublin on Thursday and returning on Friday.
Irish Ferries has moved the cruise ferry W.B. Yeats from the Dublin-Holyhead route to the Dublin-Cherbourg while the Epsilon takes up her Holyhead schedule. This move is in anticipation of the re-opening of tourist passenger traffic on the Cherbourg route.