Dublin is the leading RoRo port in Ireland, handling over 725,000 freight units in 2010. The RoRo mode accounts for 55% of total throughput in Dublin Port. Five ferry companies, between them, operate up to 15 sailings daily from Dublin, connecting with Holyhead, Heysham, Liverpool and Douglas. They cater for both freight and tourism. In addition direct RoRo sailings to the Continental European ports of Rotterdam and Zeebrugge was introduced in 2009.
Ro Ro is handled in Dublin in six terminals, which between them have nine ferry ramps, three of which are two tier. Over the past three years over €50 million has been invested in state of the art RoRo facilities. This investment has been matched by our customers investments in new and larger ships.
Seatruck Ferries became the fifth cross-channel ferry operator with the introduction of a freight only ferry service from Dublin to Liverpool. In February 2011 Seatruck introduced a freight only service from Dublin to Heysham.
P&O Irish Sea operates three times daily to Liverpool.
Irish Ferries operate the Ulysses, the biggest car ferry in the world, and the high speed Jonathan Swift on the Dublin - Holyhead route.
Stena Line operate the Stena Adventurer on the same route. At 211 metres it is the longest ferry on the Irish Sea. Stena Line also introduced a second ship, the Stena Nordica, onto the Dublin to Holyhead route.
During 2009 CLdN (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Navigation SA) has introduced the concept of new build RoRo vessels to link Continental Europe with the Port of Dublin. Today the Line operates two sailings each week from Rotterdam and two sailings each week from Zeebrugge.
It is no wonder that Dublin is ferryport of first choice, offering choice of ferry company, choice of high speed or cruise ferry and choice of UK port.