Tuesday 27th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Freight increases on English Channel and Irish Sea

Freight carried by ferries on the English Channel and Irish Sea increased by 4.8 per cent to 4.41 million units in 2015, according to research by Discover Ferries.

According to the company, which represents 12 UK and Irish operators, the growing presence has continued in 2016 – increasing by 3.1 per cent to 2.26 million units carried in the first half of the year.

“These are very encouraging figures and they show that the ferry freight industry is in good health – driven by wider economic factors,” said William Gibbons, director of Discover Ferries. “The short sea routes have consistently been the powerhouse of the UK ferry industry but it is also encouraging to see such a good freight performance on the Western Channel and the Irish Sea.”