By David Brophy
A fourth freight ferry will be added to the services between Rosslare Europort and France from 1 April.
Logistics company DFDS, who began the new Rosslare-Dunkirk route in January, will add ‘The Ark Dania’ that can carry 12 driver-accompanied trucks and 176 trailers.
The company will operate a total of 36 sailings each week from April.
DFDS said that the additional vessel was added to cater for the increase in traffic on the route because it allows drivers and businesses to avoid checks and paperwork on the UK landbridge.
"Ark Dania will be the flagship of our route and very manoeuvrable," route director Aidan Coffey said, "with the capabilities of carrying diverse cargo. It will also free up capacity on our three other ferries for more driver accompanied trucks".
Mr Coffey said there is "a huge demand" from all sectors of industry who want to use the direct route, "as more and more realise the benefits of using the direct route compared to the UK the land-bridge".
General manager of Rosslare Europort Glenn Carr said the additional capacity and frequency on the route "further demonstrates the commitment of Rosslare Europort and DFDS to meet industry demand and ensure the continuity of Ireland's supply chain post Brexit".
Rosslare Europort also serves ferries to Dunkirk, Cherbourg, and San Malo/Roscoff in France, as well as Bilbao in Spain.