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Brexit problems fuel more direct cargo shipping from Ireland to Europe


More businesses are opting to bypass British ports and directly ship goods between the Irish port of Dublin and continental Europe, a development triggered by mounting fears over the fallout from a disorderly Brexit, according to a report by local media RTE.
It quoted local port authorities as saying that currently two-and-a-half times more goods are transported to Europe via direct routes from Dublin, rather than across the UK landbridge, and that number is expected to rise, Xinhua reported. The UK landbridge refers to Britain as a "bridge" linking Ireland and the European mainland over the sea.
An estimated 150,000 Irish trucks and three million tonnes of goods travel through Britain for export to the European Union each year, according to RTE.
"We're starting to see alternatives developing - over the landbridge as people grow concerned about the issue," the report quoted Dublin port CEO Eamonn O'Reilly as saying.
"The growth in Dublin port has been phenomenal. Over the last six years alone we've seen 36 per cent growth and we anticipate that demand for direct services between Dublin port and continental Europe will increase further after Brexit," said Mr O'Reilly.
Dublin port is the busiest seaport in Ireland, which handles two-thirds of the country's port traffic annually.
The port announced that CLdN, a Luxembourg-based short-sea roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) shipping company, has added its newly built ship "MV Laureline" to its direct ro/ro freight service from Dublin port to the ports of Zeebrugge in Belgium and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The decision by CLdN is a vote of confidence in Irish ports amid the Brexit chaos, said Mr O'Reilly.

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