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Sunday 17 December 2017

Stena Line to quit its Dun Laoghaire route

Stena Line
Stena Line

Stena Line has today announced it is to withdraw its ferries from Dun Laoghaire Harbour in a consolidation of its services from Holyhead to Dublin Port.

The company said it will be concentrating on expanding its existing ferry service at Dublin Port.

"With two services operating approximately 10 miles apart we needed to make a decision in relation to what operation best serves the needs of our customers now and in the years ahead, and that operation is Dublin Port," said Ian Davies, Stena Line's Route Manager for Irish Sea South.

Stena Line has operated the HSS Stena Explorer into Dun Laoghaire since 1995.

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The Dun Laoghaire service was successful for several years following its introduction, carrying over 1.7 million passengers annually during its peak in 1998.

However, after the withdrawal of duty free shopping, passenger and cars volumes declined dramatically and by 2014 fewer than 200,000 ferry passengers travelled through Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

"This represented a decline of over 90pc in volume," said a spokesperson.

"While we have enjoyed a very professional working relationship with Dun Laoghaire Harbour over many years, the economic realities of the current situation in relation to our business levels have left us with no choice but to close the service," Mr Davies said.

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