2017 MARKED another record trading year for ferry company Stena Line across its travel and freight services with freight volumes on its Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham routes exceeding a record 514,000 units, which represents a 3% year on year increase.

Stena Line’s Belfast services have been growing over the last five years with a 19% increase in freight traffic. ‘A programme of ongoing investment in its ports and ships has been a key factor in this success and today Belfast represents Stena Line’s largest operational hub with seven ships providing up to 22 daily crossing options,’ revealed Paul Grant, Stena Line’s trade director (Irish Sea North).

‘Consistent year on year growth of our Belfast based services also positions us at the forefront of Stena Line’s future European investment plans which is why the Irish Sea has been able to attract a number of new build ships to be deployed in the region in 2019/20.