A no-deal Brexit remains a possibility at the end of January 2020 of course, and we should take the opportunity to urge importers and exporters to ensure that you continue to have all necessary procedures and resources in place. Please also bear in mind that Stena Line operates the direct Ireland to Continent route, Rosslare-Cherbourg, if you wish to ship around Great Britain with intra-EU traffic.
Customers who ship in areas of Stena Line’s network away from the Irish Sea will be familiar with the requirement for vessels to burn very low (0.1%) sulphur fuel in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) zones introduced in 2015. From the start of 2020, shipping throughout the rest of the world comes under the International Maritime Organisation’s Global Sulphur Cap of 0.5% sulphur in fuel, and this will include the Irish Sea. You should have already received information on our amended Bunker Adjustment Factor; if not please refer to our page for full details.
On our ‘Southern Corridor’ route between Rosslare and Fishguard, our regular vessel, Stena Europe, underwent a life extension refit during 2019 to underpin operations on this route for the future. With the opening this year of road bypasses around the Irish towns of Enniscorthy and New Ross, Rosslare Europort becomes more accessible than ever and combined with an excellent sailing schedule this route provides a highly competitive option for just in time traffic between many areas of Ireland and Southern Great Britain and the Continent. If you would like to explore the potential benefits please speak with your Stena Line sales contact, they look forward to hearing from you.