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Grimaldi Adds Zeebrugge to its Belgium – Ireland Service

  • 2/w Belgium — Ireland (Cork) ­— Belgium
  • Week schedule: Antwerp-Zeebrugge-Cork-Zeebrugge-Cork-Zeebrugge-Antwerp
  • Ship: EUROCARGO BARI: 3,850 lane metres + 200 cars
  • Start of cooperation with P&O Ferries

At the beginning of May, Grimaldi started a twice-weekly roro service between Antwerp and Cork, with EUROCARGO BARI as route vessel.

Now, since Saturday 24 July, the ship calls twice a week in Zeebrugge, and once a week in Antwerp.

Zeebrugge was already connected with Cork, by the service from CLdN.

Interesting is the cooperation between Grimaldi and P&O Ferries.

In the port of Zeebrugge, the Grimaldi ship calls at the terminal of P&O Ferries.

The press release states that, “the cooperation with P&O Ferries will be extended to commercial activity as well.”


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Port of Zeebrugge: Growth of 3% in 2020

Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the pandemic. Roro traffic suffered because of the reduced handling of new cars. This drop was compensated by a strong growth in container traffic, LNG and solid bulk.

The port took a lot of initiatives to be Brexit-proof and invested twice as much into new infrastructure.

Modal shift: the port sees an important growth of rail connections, and estuary waterway connections went up 4.2%


  • Added a call in Zeebrugge on the route Leixões – Rotterdam, allowing cargo to be transferred to Esbjerg and Göteborg.
  • Zeebrugge – Dublin: from 2 to 3 sailings with so-called “Brexit busters”
  • Zeebrugge – Cork: new route
  • Zeebrugge – Santander: ships VALENTINE en CELANDINE = +40% capacity

P&O Ferries

  • End of ropax service Zeebrugge – Hull, means end of accompanied freight


  • Introduction of FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on 4 October 2020, Zeebrugge – Göteborg

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On Sunday October 4, Port of Zeebrugge welcomed DFDS newest ship FLANDRIA SEAWAYS on her maiden trip in the service Zeebrugge – Göteborg.

The ship arrived at the PSA-terminal in Zeebrugge at the Wielingendok. This dock has recently been modified to be able to accommodate ships of this size. The jetty has been lengthened by 40m, and extra mooring arrangements have been provided.

The same day, HUMBRIA SEAWAYS arrived as well, making it a unique get together.

HUMBRIA SEAWAYS is now back on Vlaardingen – Immingham.

The new ship was shown (coronaproof) to the new CEO of Port of Zeebrugge, Tom Hautekiet. He was accompanied by Alain De Brauwer (DFDS), Theo Milliau (PSA), Harbour master Joris Praet and the ship’s agent.

CLdN Links Leixōes with Göteborg Via Zeebrugge

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Only one week after the launch of their new triangle service between Santander, Liverpool and Dublin, CLdN Ro-Ro has added Zeebrugge as a port of call to their bi-weekly Leixōes-Rotterdam service.

This move strengthens CLdN’s network to and from the Iberian Peninsula even further.

CLdN has organised for two of their weekly services from Leixōes to Rotterdam, to have an extra call in Zeebrugge. From the port of Zeebrugge they will, as from now, offer their clients additional through – shipment services to Esbjerg and Göteborg. “As a result, we now have a reliable, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly shortsea connection from the very south to the most northern parts of Europe,” says a CLdN spokesman.

To maximise capacity and minimise their carbon footprint as much as possible, the shipping company has chosen to deploy the latest generation of H5 class vessels (carrying up to 450 freight units + 200 new cars per shipment) to the route.

WATCH First Arrival Of CLdN LAURELINE In The Port Of Leixões

CLdN Added 37 km Of RoRo Capacity In Two Years Next Step: LNG And More Ships

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HERMINE is yet another newbuilding for CLdN. She started to operate last week from Zeebrugge to the UK. She’s the last unit of a 5,400 lane meter quartet of Hyundai Mipo built roro ships, including LAURELINE, YSALINE and SIXTINE. Before, two larger 8,000 lane meter roro’s were delivered, the CELINE and DELPHINE.

Previously, the order for two vessels at the Uljanik Yard have been cancelled because of the financial problems of the yard.

Instead, in July 2019 CLdN placed an order for an additional two roro’s at Hyundai Mipo. The major difference will be the fact that they will use LNG as fuel.

The two roro’s will have a 320m3 capacity C-type fuel tank, located under the main deck.

The 4+2 delivered roro ships are LNG-ready.

Four more ships will be ordered, as part of a twelve-ship expansion plan.

Fire Damage To Ship Causes Closure Of Zeebrugge – Rosyth Freight Route

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On Monday 16 April, a fire broke out in the engine room on board DFDS’ ro-ro FINLANDIA SEAWAYS, which connects Zeebrugge with Rosyth.

The ship was towed to DFDS’ terminal in Immingham, where the cargo on board has been discharged, and where DFDS had the opportunity to carry out an inspection of where the fire took place.

The ship will be out of service for several months for repairs. No suitable replacement ships are available. Because the route was already loss-making it has been decided to close the route.

The Zeebrugge – Rosyth route was first started in 2002 by Superfast Ferries.

Migrants find new ways to take the ferry to England

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People smugglers have found a new way to get migrants on ferries to the UK. Since many years migrants try to get illegally in Britain by hiding in lorries and containers in Continental ports like Calais and Zeebrugge. The latter is also the biggest port for the handling of new cars. It has been discovered that more migrants try to hide in new cars to get in Britain, since travelling unseen in trucks has been made almost impossible.
How to recognize a car bound for the UK? It is very simple: the steering wheel is on the right hand side.

New rail service from Trieste connecting with P&O Ferries’ continental hub at Zeebrugge 

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A new rail service from the Italian port of Trieste to and from its Zeebrugge hub has commenced this month, says P&O Ferries. The twice-weekly service is a new Ekol block train that is operated by Hupac and is expected to carry around 5,000 shipments per year from Trieste’s EMT terminal. 

It will be the first direct train that will connect Turkey, Iran and the Middle East with the Benelux countries and all the UK, in a totally green mode, without using a single driver. 

Janette Bell, MD P&O Ferries, said: ” We expanded our operation at Zeebrugge last year so that we now have capacity to ship 700,000 units per year and can continue to grow.” P&O Ferries has 98 sailings across the North Sea every week – to the ports of Tilbury, Hull and Teesport. 

P&O Ferries has reported that rail volumes at its continental hubs in Zeebrugge and Europoort grew by 14 per cent in the first half of 2017. Its operation at Zeebrugge already has connecting rail services to Segrate, Busto and Novara in Italy and Oradea in Romania. 

Photo: P&O Ferries