Stena Line officially commences Dublin-Liverpool Freight Route

15 February 2024


Leading Swedish ferry operator, Stena Line has officially commenced its new Dublin – Liverpool (Birkenhead) freight service today. The addition of the new route is expected to further boost the company’s freight volumes following a record year in 2023.

The first sailing on the new service left Dublin Port’s Terminal 5 this morning at 6:30am. The return service will operate daily from Dublin in the morning, making the evening return journey from 12 Quays terminal in Birkenhead.

The addition of the new service will be Stena Line’s seventh route in the Irish Sea region complementing its Belfast - Cairnryan, Belfast – Heysham, Belfast – Liverpool, Dublin – Holyhead, Rosslare – Fishguard and Rosslare – Cherbourg services.

With Stena Horizon temporarily operating on the new Dublin- Liverpool route, the company is currently assessing ship deployment options for a permanent freight-only vessel. The new service will provide freight customers on both sides of the Irish Sea with even more choice when it comes to securing an efficient and reliable connection between Ireland and Britain.  

Paul Grant, Trade Director (Irish Sea), Stena Line said:

“We are excited to launch our much-anticipated new freight route between Dublin and Liverpool, securing a key trading route across the Irish Sea. With two services now operating from both Dublin Port and 12 Quays in Birkenhead, we’re expanding our logistics hubs in both ports creating more efficiencies for our customers. Currently, we have deployed the Stena Horizon temporarily, but we hope to be able to confirm a permanent solution soon that will help to maximise freight capacity and boost trade volumes.”

Barry O’Connell, CEO, Dublin Port Company, said:

“We are pleased to welcome Stena Line’s new Dublin-Liverpool route, which will provide freight customers with a choice of routes across the Irish Sea. It is essential to the Irish economy that we have strong, reliable connections to Great Britain and this dedicated freight service helps to secure a key trading corridor.”

In 2023, Stena Line signed an agreement with Peel Ports to operate at the 12 Quays Terminal until the year 2100, demonstrating the company’s long-term commitment to the region. 

Phil Hall, Port Director Liverpool, Peel Ports Group said:

“We are delighted to be supporting this new freight route as part of our long-standing partnership programme with Stena-Line, which further enhances trade opportunities, efficiency and capability for our customers.”   

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies transporting 6.5 million passengers with 39 vessels across 18 routes in Northern Europe operating 27,000 sailings each year.