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Effects of Brexit on shipping
« on: Jan 01, 2021, 06:00 PM »
Today was the first day after Britain had left the Single Market and the Customs Union of the EU, and the first effects on shipping from, to and through Britain are already becoming visible.

For instance, the so-called "landbridge" via Britain for lorries travelling between Ireland and the Continent is becoming less attractive, and new ferries are taking up service from Ireland to France :

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/first-day-of-sailings-between-rosslare-and-dunkirk-booked-out-1.4448217

Those using the landbridge are in for more checks and longer hold-ups :

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/first-post-brexit-ferry-from-britain-docks-at-dublin-port-1.4448202

Ireland is most severely affected by the British exit from the EU, but this will also open up new business opportunities, most obviously in direct shipping between Ireland and her continental neighbours.

Shipping into and out of Britain as such will suffer, and I am sure that many more news articles will be written on the matter!

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #1 on: Jan 01, 2021, 07:17 PM »
I wonder if the new Ireland to France ferries might get some passenger accommodation eventually.
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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2021, 07:52 PM »
I wonder if the new Ireland to France ferries might get some passenger accommodation eventually.

Maybe not these new ferries, but there are existing passenger ferries on these routes, one of which I took quite a few years back. It is a nice overnight ferry service, allowing you to relax on board and be fresh in the morning, arriving at Roslare in Ireland. Or of course vice versa, as many Irish tourists heading to France and Spain with their cars and caravans prefer this direct route rather than the extra drive via the British landbridge.

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2021, 11:56 PM »
Ok so here's an environmental question...

Is it better to have these lorries travel from Ireland to France on the road across England individually powered... Or on a ferry?  How on earth would you calculate that?  Taking the pollution away from congested English roads seems like a good thing all round?

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2021, 03:31 PM »
Ok so here's an environmental question...

Is it better to have these lorries travel from Ireland to France on the road across England individually powered... Or on a ferry?  How on earth would you calculate that?  Taking the pollution away from congested English roads seems like a good thing all round?

Well, if using the landbridge, you would still need to use two ferries, plus all those miles (literally) of English and Welsh roads... and then the roads (kilometres) to get you into France or Spain. My guess is that the direct ferry is less harmful to the environment.

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 2021, 10:28 PM »
The debate continues...

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/faster-cheaper-uk-landbridge-will-lure-businesses-irish-ferries-boss-1.4448312

And there is also the new element of Duty Free becoming available on the ferries between Britain and Ireland, as Britain is now a Third Country and not within the EU's internal market :) .

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #6 on: Jan 03, 2021, 07:13 PM »
Well so far so good!

Quote from:  Irish Times
“We’re fresh and well-fed, it was a great service,” he said. “We were wrecked before Christmas after being stuck in the chaos at Dover. We’ve avoided all the hassle of driving through the UK.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/brexit-truckers-arrive-fresh-and-well-fed-after-first-rosslare-dunkirk-sailing-1.4449238

With a cheery little video and a couple of images too :) .


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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #7 on: Jan 04, 2021, 12:29 PM »
Well so far so good!

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/brexit-truckers-arrive-fresh-and-well-fed-after-first-rosslare-dunkirk-sailing-1.4449238

With a cheery little video and a couple of images too :) .

Great news.  Just seems like a good idea.  I actually had  a wee look at maritime tracker last night when I couldn't sleep - could see all the laid up cruise ships around England's South coast... and one of the new ships travelling from France to Ireland was just approaching Rosslare.
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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #8 on: Jan 04, 2021, 01:25 PM »
Stena Embla arrived in Belfast yesterday.

A brand new ferry, to serve Belfast <> Liverpool which is expected to see an increase in traffic as a result of Brexit.

https://www.marinelink.com/news/new-ropax-ship-stena-embla-arrives-484246

But the thing that jumped out at me from the story, is that she's been made in China.  If only Belfast (or any other shipyard within a thousand miles!) was able to create a ferry!
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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #9 on: Jan 08, 2021, 07:52 AM »
And here now is news of shipping cuts on the busiest routes of the Irish Sea, between Ireland and Wales :

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/06/california-giant-sequoia-grove-alder-grove

A combination of a drop in both passenger numbers (Covid restrictions) and freight (Brexit consequences) has brought this about. The shipping lines say that these sailings can be brought back quickly once Covid restrictions are lifted and importers / exporters become more used to the new bureaucratic requirements resulting from Brexit.

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #10 on: Jan 17, 2021, 09:26 PM »
Stena Embla arrived in Belfast yesterday.

A brand new ferry, to serve Belfast <> Liverpool which is expected to see an increase in traffic as a result of Brexit.

https://www.marinelink.com/news/new-ropax-ship-stena-embla-arrives-484246

She did not stay on that route for long... off she goes to the Roslare - France route, where demand is so much higher. Interesting also that she can carry more lorry drivers (not mostly unaccompanied trailers) and 1,000 passengers as well. More shipping to be added to these routes in the near future.

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/stena-moves-larger-ship-to-french-route-as-more-firms-seek-to-avoid-brexit-checks-1.4457726

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Re: Effects of Brexit on shipping
« Reply #11 on: Feb 01, 2021, 06:09 PM »
Rosslare port in the south-east of Ireland is doing extremely well from the move to direct routes to Continental European destinations -- not only between Ireland and France, but also Ireland and Spain. It is great to see that the port was so well prepared that it could "hit the ground running" and was able to cope with far higher demand than anticipated.

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/brexit-delivers-record-freight-for-rosslare-on-ferries-to-mainland-eu-1.4472331