New freight ship begins service on Stena Line’s Dublin – Liverpool route boosting capacity by 30%

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Swedish ferry company, Stena Line has introduced a larger RoRo ship, Bore Song, on the Dublin – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route. The freight only vessel will increase capacity on the route by 30%.

Stena Line’s Dublin-Liverpool dedicated freight service has been operational since 15th February 2024 with cover ships serving customers temporarily whilst the company searched for a longer-term solution.

Bore Song entered service on the route last night (Sunday 14 April) on the 18:00hrs sailing from 12 Quays in Birkenhead.  With capacity for almost 3,000 lane metres of freight, the ship provides significantly more space and is well suited for the demand for unaccompanied freight on this route.

With the addition of the new vessel to the Irish Sea fleet, Stena Line will now restore capacity on the Rosslare – Fishguard and Rosslare – Cherbourg routes.

Paul Grant, Trade Director Irish Sea, Stena Line said,

Bore Song is a welcome addition to our Stena Line fleet and will secure our capacity on our new unaccompanied freight route between Dublin and Birkenhead. Our ships and our teams onboard have been flexible with covering the route whilst we searched for a longer-term solution, and we’re delighted to have secured the vessel to boost our freight capacity and better serve our customers on a key trading route between Ireland and Britain.”

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, with the biggest fleet providing up to 248 weekly sailings offering the widest choice of routes including combined passenger and freight services from Belfast to Cairnryan; Belfast to Liverpool; Dublin to Holyhead; Rosslare to Fishguard and Rosslare to Cherbourg. The company also runs a dedicated freight only route from Belfast to Heysham, in addition to the new Dublin – Liverpool service.