Short sea world’s largest afloat in Ireland
The Cldn’s Celine was christened in Dublin Port, that is growing at a dramatic pace
The world’s largest short sea vessel was christened in a formal ceremony at Dublin Port with several guest of honour. The newbuilding Celine is owned by Cldn and will strengthen Ireland’s trade links with Europe by providing direct services from Dublin to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
The 235m long ship was constructed in South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Shipyard before being deployed to her homeports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. In October 2017 Celine made her maiden call into Dublin, providing additional capacity for customers trading with Continental Europe via the ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. CLdN’s direct freight services to Continental Europe is providing the capacity for this increasing demand with importers and exporters seeking alternatives for the efficient movement of goods, particularly with the reality of Brexit looming.
CLdN services to Dublin commenced in October 2009 and have grown strongly as the Irish economy recovered to the point to offer 7 calls weekly from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. The Celine is the newest vessel to join CLdN’s network; a second 8,000 lane-metre vessel, the Delphine, was delivered in January 2018. CLdN currently operates 25 Ro-Ro vessels, offering more than 135 weekly sailings between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander, Porto, Flushing and Dagenham.
With her huge capacity and boasting a dual fuel propulsion and lower carbon emissions, the ro-ro represents the next generation of super ferries servicing Dublin; significantly, her arrival marks a new milestone in the multi-million-euro ABR Project to futureproof Irish port. Such is her size, the Celine would not have been able to call into Dublin Port had development works on three kilometres of berths not already commenced. Cargo volumes reached a new record in 2017 as 36.4 million tonnes passed through the port including 1 million ro-ro units.
Based on its Masterplan, Dublin Port is investing 132 million euro this year to ensure timely delivery of new infrastructure and additional capacity to further facilitate Ireland’s trading needs. A capital investment of 1 billion euro is planned over the next 10 years.